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Stanley W. Szymanski

Born: Fri., Jun. 26, 1931
Died: Wed., Jun. 17, 2020


At the family's request there will be no public visitation and burial will be private


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Stanley W. Szymanski, 88, of Buffalo Twp., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 while surrounded by his family, at Arrowood At Southwestern in West Mifflin, PA. Stan was born in East Vandergrift on June 26, 1931, a son of the late Anna (Potoka) and Charles Szymanski. Stan was a 1949 graduate of  Vandergrift High School.   Stan was an outstanding baseball player and was a pitcher on the Vandergrift High School teams that won back to back WPIAL titles in 1948 and 1949.  He pitched a no-hitter his senior year to bring Vandergrift High School back to the WPIAL championship.   He pitched and won 3 of the 5 postseason games in 1949.  After graduating high school, Stan then enlisted in the US Army and served for 3 years during the Korean War.  He was stationed in Alaska from 1950 to 1953 where he pitched for the army baseball team. At the time of his honorable discharge from the US Army, he was recruited by the American Georgia team of Pittsburgh Pirates farm league. He signed a contract with the Pirates but his time with the American Georgia team only lasted two months due to an injury he sustained while in Alaska.  Stan then enrolled at Penn State University with a scholarship and a secured a position on the baseball team.   He graduated with a degree in business and transportation logistics. Stan took a position as a credit manager with the Service Star/True Value Company. Stan worked as a credit manager for Service Star/ True Value for 37 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Our Lady of The Most Blessed Sacrament Natrona Heights. Stan was the head coach of Freeport Area High School baseball in 1986 and was inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.  He loved playing baseball with his sons and coaching their little league teams.  Stan enjoyed taking care of his sister’s farm and always helping his family. Stan is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Rose M. (Mendicino) Szymanski. Two daughters, Patrice Szymanski, of League City, TX and Diane & Michael Godby, of Alpharetta, GA. 2 sons; Frank & Rachael Szymanski, of Finleyville, PA and Tony Szymanski, of West Leechburg; 11 loving grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Stan is also survived by a sister, Christine Torchia, of Lower Burrell and two brothers, Bernard Szymanski, of Thornburg, PA & Frank Szymanski, of Kittanning. In addition to his parents, Stan is preceded in death by his 4 sisters; Eleanor Szymanski, Pauline Slomkoski, Genevieve Chechak and Dorothy Cavalleri At Stan's request there will be no public visitation and a private family viewing and funeral service will be held in the Redmond Funeral Home Inc in Freeport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to; PETA, 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510

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Bill & Marlene Polka Ament
   Posted Fri June 19, 2020
Our thoughts & prayers are with you during your loss. I grew up with your family in North Vandergrift. May the Good Lord Grant you Peace & Strength during this sad time.

Don Hoye
   Posted Fri June 19, 2020
Stan and I worked together for over 25 years. I have great memories of the way he set the credit standards for our members. He was a joker at times which added to the pleasure of being his friend and fellow associate. His love for his family was evident in our relationship and talks over the many years.
God’s blessing to all who knew and loved Stan. Don Hoye

Gig Fuhrman
   Posted Fri June 19, 2020
Dear Frank and Szymanski family,

I am so sorry for the loss of father. Your Dad was a great man and a wealth of baseball knowledge. I can always remember him attending our games in high school and coaching when we played Little League.

Gig Fuhrman

Christy Yatzor
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Rose and the entire family.
Christy Yatzor, neighbor

Eileen Shearer
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Stan always had a twinkle in his eye and a quick wit. He was a good neighbor. I send my sympathy to his family.

Al and Norma Musloe
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Heartfelt Sympathy and Prayers for All. Thankful that God Keeps His Promises and there is life after death for all who Believe ❤️😘🙏

nancy zarichnak
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
To all the Szymanski family you have our thoughts and prayers. Stan was a great teacher and mentor to our boys and many others over the years. thank-you

Denise Moliterno
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Dear Aunt Rosie, Patrice, Diane, Bucky, and Tony.
I am so sorry to learn of Uncle Stanley's passing. He was a wonderful uncle for whom i will always hold very fond memories. I loved his sense of humor and that one could never be in his presence without a smile on one's face. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that you are in my thoughts at this difficult time. With love, Denise (Moliterno), Mike, and Eric Ford

Georgann carson
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Dear rose and kids, So sorry to hear of Stanley's passing...he was a great neighbor and always brought a smile to my face......he will be missed......

Georgann carson
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
Dear rose and kids, So sorry to hear of Stanley's passing...he was a great neighbor and always brought a smile to my face......he will be missed......

Patrick Zarichnak
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Szymanski’s passing. He was a nice, funny guy and a great baseball coach. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

John and Jeannie Bartolovic
   Posted Sun June 21, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great man and always had a new joke For us when we’d see him working at Aunt Genevieve’s farm 🙏🙏🙏 our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Paula Motosicky
   Posted Sun June 21, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband and father

Sue Birch
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
I worked with Stan for 10 years in Credit. He was a great mentor to me, a teacher, friend, and cut-up. Baseball and his family were his life. That was apparent to all. RIP Stan. Sincere sympathy to all his family.

Carol Talley Ullmann
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Szymanski family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Pat Paul
   Posted Wed July 15, 2020
So sorry to learn that Stan Szymanski has passed on. I have many fond boyhood memories of time with him coaching baseball, watching Steeler games, and playing baseball in the backyard. Time spent with him was always fun. Thoughts & prayers are with you all.

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