Plewa, Robert Andrew "Coach"
After a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, January 19, 2007 at the early age of 63 in Whitehall. Beloved husband of Anna Maria (Kardash) Plewa for 31 years. He is survived by his brothers John (Barbara) Plewa of Cresson, Joseph (Betty) Plewa of Cresson, sister Patty (Dick) Clawson of Cresson, brother-in-law Steven Slebodnick, mother-in-law Stefania Kardash of Ambridge, brother-in-law Boyd (Maria) Kardash of No. Potomac, MD, Aunt Mary Plewa of Harrisburg, Aunt Zelda Carrig of Kenmore, NY, Aunt Pauline Plewa of Gallitzin, Uncle Sonny McMullen of Ashville, and Uncle Robert McMullen of Kenmore, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents Alda and Andrew Plewa, his father-in-law Michael Kardash, his sister Regina Slebodnick, his niece Tammy Hott, and his nephew Joseph Plewa. He will be sadly missed by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews. Following his service in the US Army, he attended Eastern Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in teaching. Although most of his career was spent in the Brentwood School District as a physical education and health teacher, he also taught at Hollidaysburg, Bishop McCort, and Richmond, VA. With a passion for playing athletics since his youth, he devoted countless hours as a head high school basketball coach at Brentwood, Ambridge, and Northgate and as the Athletic Director at Brentwood for many years. Through his teaching and coaching talents, he touched countless young lives and positively impacted generations of students and athletes throughout his career. His dedication, talent, and tireless pursuit of excellence on and off the basketball court led Bob and his players to a multitude of victories and honors, including at least ten section titles and led Brentwood to the 1989 State Championship Title Game. In addition, he traveled overseas as a basketball coach / Delegation Leader with the People to People Sports Ambassadors organization. His favorite pastimes included playing cards with his devoted Ambridge friends, fishing with his family, golfing, attending sporting events with his friends from Brentwood and Ambridge, spending time with his dogs Putsin and Holly as well as his cat Chi-Chi, and doting upon his wife Anna Maria and his "MOTHER"-in-law Stefania Kardash and all his family. Visitation will be held Monday January 22nd at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., (412) 881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15527 from 2-4 and 7-9. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday January 23rd from 2-4 and 6-8 at JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME, 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge with the Parastas at 7:00 p.m. On Wed., Jan. 24th, a service will be conducted at the Syka Funeral Home at 12 Noon followed by Divine Liturgy at 12:30 p.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Church, Ambridge. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 404 - 6th Street, Ambridge, PA 15003 for the Centennial Renovation Fund (724) 266-2262.
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Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1/22/2007 - 1/23/2007.