Edward A. (Stanko) Stankiewicz, Sr., age 96 of North Versailles, died at home on November 10, 2017. Born March 3, 1921 in the Third Ward District of McKeesport, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna (Kurkowicz) Stankowicz. He married Pearl Brooks on November 18, 1942 and they were just 8 days away from celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. Eddie began his sports career in 1932 as a kid playing for various local youth teams. He continued his love of sports playing baseball, basketball, and football at McKeesport High School. After high school, he served in World War II for the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater. During his time in the service, he continued to play football, softball, and basketball. He played football for the champion Danielfield Flyers in Augusta, Georgia, and among his highlights was playing in the 1944 Orange Bowl. Once home from his military service, he played local football for the undefeated McKeesport Ironmen in the PA Professional Football League in 1947. Since Eddie had such a love of sports, he thought he should share that love with his community. He organized and founded the McKeesport Athletic Sports Association (MASA) with Steve “Pee Wee” Lesko. He coached the 1408 Steelers Little League Baseball team with the late Don Thompson. Their teams would win 52 straight games and 4 championships. In the 1970’s he sponsored sports banquets honoring over 400 area athletes. The sports memorial in Renziehausen Park, named after Merrill W. Granger and Alvin “Al” Duffy was his pride and joy. Eddie was involved with sports for 75 years. Even in recent years, he still sponsored the old time reunion picnics. In addition to his wife Pearl, Eddie is survived by children, Edward (Libby) Stankiewicz, Jr., and Joanne Stankiewicz; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church. Burial and military honors will follow at New St. Joseph Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Originally published November 11, 2017.