1-1-1941 to 7-28-2019
Nelson Pajari entered the arms of our savior on July 28, 2019. Born
January 1, 1941, he grew up on a dairy farm close to Cook, Minnesota
and about 100 miles south of the Canadian border. He raised chickens
as a 4-H project and cut trees to help earn extra money. His brother
Rowen, deceased for 8 years, was his closest friend whom he dearly loved.
He also had a sister Muriel Engelun who passed away several years ago.
His Aunt Aggie purchased a plane ticket to Los Angeles where Roger attended
his first two years of college at Pepperdine University. He came
back to Minnesota and completed his undergraduate degree at the University
of Minnesota. One of his part time jobs was washing dishes at
the International House Club. One day he was working and heard
some amazing music. Susan, who would be his wife for almost 53
years, was playing “Hungarian Rhapsody #2 by Franz Liszt.
Susan and Roger married on July 30, 1966.
Roger taught for a total of 3 years as a high school teacher in Barron,
Wisconsin with Susan joining him as his wife for the last year.
He decided to take a year off to work on his Master’s Degree
He applied for financial aid and much to his amazement, he received
a three year NDEA fellowship to complete his doctorate which he received
in March 1973. His oldest daughter Karla Pajari Walter was born in Knoxville
and his other daughter Lisa Pajari Williams was born a few years later
in Statesboro. He received a position at Georgia Southern
where he remained on the staff for 28 years eventually becoming a full
professor and the editor of a scholarly journal, The Southeastern
Political Review. Health issues resulted in Roger’s
retiring at age 58. A few later Susan and Roger moved to Loganville,
During retirement, Roger has played golf, started a book club, sung
in the church choir at Snellville United Methodist Church, attended
the Aurora Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, played bridge and
had regular lunches with his male friends.
He is survived by his wife Susan Pajari, daughters Karla Pajari Walter
(Hans Walter) and Lisa Pajari Williams (Clint Williams) and grandchildren
Kaitlin Picken, Ava Picken, Dylan Williams and Aidan Williams.