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Marliss "Missy" (Murphy) Pavano

August 30, 1947 ~ March 20, 2022 (age 74)


Marliss “Missy” (Murphy) Pavano, 74, of Plainville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Hartford Hospital.  She was the wife of Ronald Pavano, with whom she shared 27 of the happiest years of her life.

Missy was born in New Britain on August 30, 1947, one of three children to the late Edward and Edna (Beveridge) Murphy.  A lifelong dedicated resident of Plainville, Missy was a graduate of Plainville High School, who remained heavily involved in her class reunions, events and activities.  She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Hartford, where she later taught and volunteered as Assistant Director of their Alumni Network; and worked as an office manager at Genphil in New Britain and most recently for Master Tool and Machine in Plainville.  Missy was a longtime member of the Republican Town Committee, and devoted over 25 years to the Board of Education as a member and Past Chairwoman who was passionate about making a difference in the lives of countless students.   She was a proud Irish woman and “Mom” to many, all who benefitted from her crocheting talents.  A dog-lover and  voracious reader, she rarely missed a UCONN basketball game, and loved traveling with Ron up and down the East coast to find the best lobsters each summer.  She will be dearly missed by the many lives she touched, leaving a legacy of kindness, strength and love.

In addition to her husband Ron, she leaves her son, Robert Kowalczyk; her step-son Ronald Pavano, Jr and his wife Claudia; her large extended family and a wide circle of friends.

In lieu of flowers, Missy may be remembered with contributions to the Petit Family Foundation, PO Box 310, Plainville, CT 06062 or at

Honoring Missy’s wishes, her family will celebrate her life privately.  The staff at Plainville Funeral Home extends their gratitude to the Pavano family for their trust.   For online expressions of sympathy, please visit

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