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Archpriest Daniel Pavelchak

Latham NY -

Very  Reverend  Archpriest Daniel Pavelchak, pastor emeritus of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Cohoes, age 80, of Latham passed away Wednesday September 18, 2013 at the Eddy Village Green Nursing Facility, Cohoes NY embraced by his loving family. Born in Simpson PA, he was the son of the late Theodore and Anna Pavelchak and the beloved husband of the late Matushka Barbara Pavelchak (Gurka). Archpriest Daniel relocated to the Capital District in 1971 and was pastor at Saint Basil's Orthodox Church in Maplewood NY and Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Cohoes.

He graduated from St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary and received his Bachelor of Arts from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre PA. Archpriest Daniel enjoyed a long career serving the Orthodox Church as Pastor for churches in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey as well as Massachussetts. He was also Dean of the Frackville Deanery for the Northeast Pennsylvania diocese. In addition, Archpriest Daniel taught history and Russian in Pennsylvania and NY schools.

Archpriest Daniel had great passion and devotion to life-long learning in math, philosophy, theology, the sciences, and music. He was an accomplished singer of both Liturgical and Russian Folk music in various choral groups. He inspired everyone who met him with his love of life, laughter, and friendship.  He enjoyed new adventures, traveling and spending time with his family. His greatest passion was for the love and companionship that he shared with his wife Barbara to whom he was married for 56 years.  As a couple, they were inseparable and the spark of their love grew stronger with every year.

He and Barbara’s greatest devotion was to nurturing the love and strong bonds within the family. He is survived  by his loving children, Michael (Sharon) Pavelchak of Wilton, NY, Charissa (Benton) Prentice of Providence RI, Nicholas (Joyce) Pavelchak of Altamont NY; adored grandchildren, Zachariah, Alexandra, Kyra, and Jeremy; a sister, Matushka Valerie (Very Reverend Gerald Sudick) of Triangle VA, and his aunt Mary Okorn of Simpson PA, and several nieces and nephews.


Viewing is scheduled for Sunday evening from 4-6 pm at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Cohoes. Office for the Burial of a Priest will begin at 6 pm. Divine Liturgy will be held Monday at 9:30 am with His Grace, Bishop Michael (Dahulich) officiating. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Boght Corners.

Those wishing to remember Archpriest Daniel in a special way may make contributions in his memory to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 67 Saratoga Street, Cohoes NY 12047 or Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd, Cohoes NY 12047

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