Andrew (Andy) Pafko, 92 of Bridgman, formerly of Chicago passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Woodland Terrace, Bridgman, Michigan. He was born February 25, 1921 in Boyceville, WI the son of the late Michael and Suzanne (Duran) Pafko.
Andy, nicknamed “Handy Andy”, was a former center fielder in Major League Baseball from 1943 through 1959. He played for the Chicago Cubs from 1943–51, Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951-52 and for the Milwaukee Braves from 1953–59. In his 17-season career he was a five-time All-Star and played in four World Series with three different teams. After his playing days, he managed in the minor leagues, including a two-year stint as the skipper for the Kinston Eagles in the Carolina League. He eventually settled in the Chicago area.
In 1947 he married the love of his life, Ellen M. Kapusta and she preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 2000.
One of six Pafko boys, he is survived by his brothers Frank and Ed and preceded by Lud, Mike, John. Survivors also include a sister-in-law, Anne Nedoba and nephews John and Michael Nedoba.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 14 at 12 noon at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8600 W. Lawrence Ave, Norridge IL. with Reverend Luther Bajus officiating. Friends may meet with the family at the church at 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery, Chicago. Memorials may be given to Zion Evan. Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman MI 49106 and Zidek & Son, Forest Glen Chapels, 5265 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago IL 60630
Monday October 14, 2013 , 10 AM - 12 NOON at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Monday October 14, 2013 , 12 NOON at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Monday October 14, 2013 at St. Luke Cemetery