Dorothy Jean Adamich

September 16, 1927 - January 30, 2017
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Dorothy Jean Adamich (Pavelchak), 89, began the next phase of her journey in heaven on January 30, 2017.  She was born September 16, 1927 in Akron, OH to Susanna (Gdula) and Peter Pavelchak.  During her early years on Akron’s east side, she was active in the Russian Orthodox Church and East High (graduated in 1945)…

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Dorothy Jean Adamich (Pavelchak), 89, began the next phase of her journey in heaven on January 30, 2017.  She was born September 16, 1927 in Akron, OH to Susanna (Gdula) and Peter Pavelchak.  During her early years on Akron’s east side, she was active in the Russian Orthodox Church and East High (graduated in 1945).

After 10 years serving as an administrative assistant at Akron Standard Mold, Dorothy made the bold decision to pursue her dream to become a teacher.  Her academic career began at the University of Akron where she was an elementary education major and a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education sorority.  After graduation she continued to pursue post graduate studies at Case Western Reserve and the University of Colorado.  Dorothy’s unique ability to identify student potential served her well as she taught first and second grades at Portage Path Elementary.

In May 1961, Dorothy met and married the love of her life, Barberton native Thomas Eugene Adamich and started to create their family – beginning with the birth of daughter JulieAnne Jean Adamich-Scheblein, daughter Lisa Anne Adamich, and son Thomas Anthony Adamich.  Job opportunities for Tom moved the family to Dover/ New Philadelphia, OH where Tom worked for Joy Manufacturing prior to founding an electric motor engineering and marketing firm.  Dorothy played an important role in the young company’s development – serving as company secretary during those early days.

Dorothy resumed her teaching career, teaching kindergarten and first grade at several New Philadelphia schools, including Tuscarawas Avenue, York, and East.  Students honored her dedication and kindness years later as she attended the weddings of several former students.  Dorothy was an active member of the College Club of Tuscarawas County, serving as co-president and receiving life membership status.

In 1979, the Adamich family moved to Florida – where they lived until their return to New Philadelphia in 1987.  They wintered in Florida and traveled extensively.

In addition to her family, Dorothy’s survivors include son-in-law Karl Scheblein. sisters Patricia Pavelchak and Joan (Paul) Maty, grandson Nicholas Billiris, granddaughter Michelle (John) Iannelli, step granddaughters Kristen Scheblein, Lauren (Jay) Weiss , great granddaughter Sidney Weiss nieces Toni (Mark) Trenta, Paula (Jim) Emerick, Debbie Clement, Rebecca Coulton, and nephews Mark (Sandy) Pavelchak and Tom Maty.  She was preceded in death by Edward (Katherine) Pavelchak and Eugene (Rheba) Adamich.

Special thanks to Dan, Perry and Linda Hershberger and the caregivers at New Dawn Healthcare along with Crossroads Hospice for their compassionate care, patient focus, and thoughtful approaches.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 10:30AM at Sacred Heart Church, 139 3rd St. N.E. New Philadelphia, OH, with inurnment following at Calvary Cemetery.


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Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


139 3rd Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017

Calvary Cemetery - New Philadelphia


Delaware Drive, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: September 16, 1927
May 4, 1960
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Mark Pavelchak posted on 2/10/17

To Uncle Tom, Julie, Lisa and Tommy, like you, I'm sad for the passing of Aunt Dorothy. She was such a special lady. I smile every time I think of her, and her warmth and kindness will live in my heart forever.


Allen & Lorie Gomon posted on 2/7/17

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Allen & Lorie Gomon


Kim (Signs To Go) & Bonnie posted on 2/7/17

Tom … You and your family have our deepest sympathy! You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Shirley and Bob posted on 2/7/17

We think back to first meeting you and Tom here in Fl. What a pleasure! There will forever be a special place for you in our hearts


Lisa Rotatori posted on 2/4/17

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you and your family at this very sad time. With Love, Lisa Rotatori and Jose Rodriguez


Sherry posted on 2/4/17

Thinking of you and your family in the loss of your beloved mother. We hope you find peace and comfort in knowing she is in a very good place. Love you! Sherry and Roberto Del Sol


Janet and Gary Johns posted on 2/4/17

Our love and prayers go out to all of you at this very sad time. I will always remember cousin Dorothy for her gift of loving to socialize with every person in the room, no matter what occasion. She always listened to everything you had to tell her, as if she would be tested on it later. Then, when you did see Dorothy the next time, she would ask you about all of those things that you shared in that last conversation. She cared enough to remember it all! Dorothy was a lot of fun, very caring, and will be greatly missed!


Tammy Urchick posted on 2/4/17

So sorry for you loss. May your memories provide a sense of stregth in the days ahead. Continued prayers, love and support. Tammy, Stephen and Marina Urchick


Joan Lawler posted on 2/4/17

Julie and Karl, So sorry for your loss. Wishing you courage and peace during this difficult time. Dave and Joan


Jeff and Vickie Downing posted on 2/4/17

Sending prayer for strength and comfort as you grieve your loss.


Kurt Scheblein posted on 2/3/17

To the family- I am so sorry for the loss you have experienced. I did not know her that well, but through each of you I saw quite a treasure. May she rest well with our Lord! - Kurt


Kim and Charlyn Menapace posted on 2/3/17

Our deepest sympathy to your family


Julia Harding posted on 2/3/17

May you find peace in your hour of need. Our prayers are with you.


Anne Whitaker posted on 2/3/17

Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to your family. You're in my thoughts and prayers.


Julie posted on 2/3/17

We love you Mom! You have always been an inspiration to all of us!