Jennis Viola Smith Pavlica (1916 - 2014)

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Jennis Viola Smith Pavlica


Jennis Pavlica, 98, was born July 27, 1916, to Leonard N. and Dora E. Smith of rural Stockton, New Jersey. She passed away at her home on July 28, 2014.

Jennis married Francis E. Pavlica on June 22, 1941, and to this union three children were born. She was a farmer's wife and homemaker for many years and loved gardening, canning, sewing, and reading. After her husband died in 1990, she moved to Iowa and maintained her own apartment in Beaverdale until 6 years ago when she moved in with her son and extended family in rural Winterset. Jennis continued to sew, crochet, and mend for family members until a few months before her death.

Jennis is survived by her children, Carolyn (Guy) Nagle and Bill (Terri) Pavlica Sr.; grandchildren, Nora (Bruce) Melville, Joseph Nagle, Bill Pavlica Jr., and Jennis "Jena" (Chad) Thornton; great-grandchildren, Derek, Spencer, JLynn, Aaron, Carly, Christian, Bailey, Wyatt, Sebastian, and Aryonna; as well as one great great-grandchild, Noah, with one on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; daughter, Eleanor; great-grandson, Brandon Pavlica, and her brother, Robert Smith. She will be greatly missed by all.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines, with burial to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to service time.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home
Hamilton's Funeral Home
121 NW 60th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 289-2442
Funeral Home Details
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 3, 2014
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