Dawn Duffy Kavulich

Dawn Duffy Kavulich, 67, West Scranton, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning at her home. 

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Donald Duffy and Marilyn “Mame” McDonough Duffy Higgins and stepdaughter of the late Leo “Butch” Higgins. Dawn was a graduate of West Scranton High School and attended Marywood College. She worked with her father in law and stepfather at the former HK Insurance Company. For nearly 30 years, Dawn was a pillar and favorite friendly face at Russell’s restaurant where she formed long and meaningful relationships with the Preno’s, her co-workers, and her regular patrons.

Dawn is survived by her husband of 48 years, Paul Kavulich and their four children: sons Acting Secretary of Aging for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Jason; Aaron and wife Marcia; and Corey and wife Molly, her grandaughter Maeve Duffy Kavulich; and her daughter Susan and husband Nick Alley. Family was everything to Dawn and she cherished the special bond with her two surviving sisters, Susan Bartolacci and husband Paul; and Peggy Zwiebel and husband Ted. Also surviving are aunt Gloria McDonough; and beloved nieces and nephews Anthony Bartolacci and wife Cate; Leah Bartolacci; Christopher, Kelly and Sarah Zwiebel; great nieces Carlyle and Sloane Bartolacci; and many cousins.

A blessing service will be held Monday at 10:30am in the Basilica of St Ann 1250 St Ann Street Scranton, PA by the Very Reverend Richard W. Burke, CP.

Friends may call Monday morning from 9:30am until the time of the blessing service in the church.

Interment, private in Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages memorial contributions be made to United Way of Lackawanna, Wayne and Pike Counties. 


  1. Mary Wells

    We are so sorry for the loss of one so very loved by her family. My husband and I pray for strength, peace and comfort of God for the whole family.

    David and Mary Wells

  2. Jimmy and Carole Curran

    Paul and family, Carole and I were deeply saddened to hear of Dawn’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most sorrowful time. May your cherished memories of her bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. God Bless.

  3. Marge Bowen

    Your loss is great and for this I am so sorry. I have known the family for many years, especially “Butch”, and always felt a closeness to everyone.

  4. Gerry Geda

    I am so deeply saddened to hear of Dawn’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, Jason, Aaron, Corey and Susan and the entire family. When so many lost faith in me, Dawn did not, and she helped me start to build a very successful career in the culinary field, beginning as a line cook at Russell’s. I have never forgotten that and speak of her often. She extended her hand when backs were being turned and that is the true essence of Dawn. I will be forever grateful.

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