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Michael "Mike" Allen Pawlisa

February 23, 1945 ~ November 16, 2022 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Michael "Mike" Pawlisa Obituary

Michael Allen “Mike” Pawlisa, age 77, of Central City, Illinois, passed away at 9:45 P.M. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Marion, Illinois.  He was born on February 23, 1945, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of August and Pauline (Amidei) Pawlisa.

Mike is survived by his loving family; brothers, Tom Pawlisa of Central City, Illinois, and Augie Pawlisa and wife Carol of Central City, Illinois; sisters, Joan Hoffman of Central City, Illinois, and Gayle Ziegler of Champaign, Illinois; many nieces and nephews, including special nephew, Steve Hoffman of California; great nephews and great nieces; cousins, and special friends, Steve Hardy of Walnut Hill, Illinois, and Cope Copeland of Centralia, Illinois.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, August Pawlisa and Pauline Pawlisa; brothers, Richard Paul “Dick” Pawlisa and James David “Jim” Pawlisa; brothers-in-law, Ron Ziegler and Bob Hoffman, and sister-in-law, Patricia “Pat” Pawlisa.

Mike grew up in Central City, Illinois and graduated with Centralia Township High School’s “Class of 1963”.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War from October 25, 1965, until October 15, 1967.  Mike retired in 2010 from the City of Centralia, serving in the Sanitation Department and earlier in the Water Department, after 25 years of service.  Earlier in his life, he worked construction under the Central Labor Union in Centralia, Illinois.  He lived most of his life in Central City, Illinois. 

Mike and his brothers would visit their sister Joan’s home every morning for coffee and then the brothers would take a ride together.  He loved his Coca Cola and cigarettes each day of his life.  He was a big time NASCAR fan and truly a fan of Dale Earnhardt.  He enjoyed sitting out on the lake and fishing on Augie’s Pond with his brothers, Jim and Augie.  He cherished the time he spent with his family

A Graveside Memorial Service for Mr. Michael Allen “Mike” Pawlisa will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Hillcrest Memorial Park near Centralia, Illinois, with Monsignor David Darin officiating.  Friends are asked to go directly to Hillcrest Memorial Park on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.  Inurnment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park with Military Honors accorded by the Centralia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2055, Centralia American Legion Post 446, and Illinois Patriot Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s honor to the Centralia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2055 or Centralia American Legion Post 446 and will be received at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home at 134 South Elm Street in Centralia, Illinois.  Please view the online obituary, send condolences, or share memories with Mr. Pawlisa’s family at


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Graveside Memorial Service
November 30, 2022

11:00 AM
Hillcrest Memorial Park
2500 Old Hwy 51
Sandoval, IL 62882

Inurnment following Graveside Memorial Services
November 30, 2022

Hillcrest Memorial Park
2500 Old Hwy 51
Sandoval, IL 62882

Military Honors accorded by Centralia V.F.W. Post 2055 and Centralia American Legion Post 446

Hillcrest Memorial Park
2500 Old Hwy 51
Sandoval, IL 62882


Centralia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2055
1826 South Pine Street, Centralia IL 62801

Centralia American Legion Post 446
117 South Poplar Street, Centralia IL 62801


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