The Obit For Hogan O'Shinski

Walter O'Shinski
1/1/2011 3:31 AM

1989 Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame inductee Walter "Hogan" O'Shinski, 93, of Canonsburg, died Thursday, December 30, 2010, in Canonsburg General Hospital, following a brief illness.

He was born August 20, 1917, in Canonsburg, a son of Joseph and Maria Kulisz O'Shinski.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish.

He worked as a press operator for Abex Corp. of Meadow Lands, prior to his retirement.

He was an outstanding athlete and was known as "Hogan" by his friends and family. He played professional baseball and in 1941, represented the United States in the Pan American games in Cuba as a catcher. During that tournament, he was voted the most valuable player.

Mr. O'Shinski had signed professional contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees. In 1989, he was inducted into the Washington-Greene County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for baseball. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Notre Dame fan.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a staff sergeant and was stationed in England. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge.

On May 10, 1947, he married Catherine Matyuf, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Walter (Mira Dano) O'Shinski of Canonsburg; a brother, Raymond O'Shinski of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers Anthony, Frank, David and Stanley O'Shinski; and sisters Stella Palko and Mary Kobosky.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where departing prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 3. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Patrick's Church, Canonsburg.

Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 902 and VFW Post 191. Visit to view and leave online condolences.