August 21, 2014
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Theresa Pavinato, 80

Theresa (Chergoski) Pavinato
Theresa Pavinato, age 80, 406 W Porter St., Oglesby, died peacefully at home on Sunday September 1 surrounded by her family.  She fought a courageous two year battle with cancer.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept 6 at Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in Oglesby,  followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church in Oglesby. The Rev. Gary Blake, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, La Salle. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home with the rosary recited at 4 p.m.
Theresa was born on October 10, 1932, in Streator, to John and Elizabeth (Gaydos) Chergoski and was the youngest of nine children. She married Geno Pavinato on Thanksgiving Day, 1955 at St. Stephen’s Church in Streator.
Theresa’s life was filled with loving family, good friendships and a strong work ethic. Theresa grew up in Streator and graduated St. Mary’s nursing program in 1953. She was a nurse at St. Mary’s and St. Margaret’s hospitals. She met Geno Pavinato as a patient and they were married after he completed his military service.  She was a member of the Holy Family School Mother’s Club while her three children attended Holy Family School. In 1967, they moved to the New York Catskill mountain area and then after 4 years returned to Oglesby to open Geno’s Gas and Car Wash. Geno and Theresa worked together for 26 years. During this time Theresa loved the social interactions with their customers and taught her family and the young men that she employed to work hard, do a good job and provide great customer service.  After closing their business, Theresa was hired by J.C. Penney as Christmas help and stayed for 10 years. Again, customer service and a wonderful smile is something she shared with all those she encountered.
She was a member of Holy Family Church and Altar and Rosary Society. She loved to bowl and fish. Geno and Theresa also had many happy times at local eating establishments and gatherings with friends.
Survivors include her three children; a daughter Deena of Oglesby, with whom she lived, two sons,  Eugene (Stacie) of Moline and Arthur (Diane) of Oglesby; a sister Mary M. Nance of San Antonio Texas; and two grandchildren, Maureen K. Malley and Eugene Pavinato of Moline.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and seven brothers and sisters (Ralph, John, Leo, Ed, Louis Chergoski, Sister Evarista Chergoski and Rose Schmitt).
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Holy Family Church, Holy Family School or the Oglesby Library.
The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at
Prey-Mueller Funeral Home 231 West Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348
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