The Valley News Dispatch,
Sokol, 94, of New Kensington, beloved father and grandfather, completed
his life journey Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at H.J. Heinz Veterans Hospice
He was born Oct. 8, 1915, in Richmond, Va., a son of the late Matthew
and Rosalia (Dupell) Sokol. Sankey was a bricklayer by trade and was a
50-year member of the BAC Local No. 9. He was well-known in the Alle-Kiski
area for his craftsmanship. He was a veteran of World War II, where he
served as a sergeant in the 106th Infantry in Germany.
Prior to the military, he was a pitcher in the minor leagues from 1937
to 1940, playing for the St. Joseph Angels of Chicago, Richmond Colts,
affiliated with the New York Giants, and the Hutchinson Pirates and Hutchinson
Larks, Pittsburgh. He also played for the local Morning Star baseball
Sankey was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors, spending
time in Canada. He was a dedicated Steeler, Penguins and Pirates fan.
He enjoyed wood carving, especially World War II planes. He was a life
member of the Hunter and Fisherman's Club of Arnold and the Fraternal
Order of Eagles in New Kensington.
He is survived by daughters, Sharon Sokol, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Sandra
(Ed) Wurmb, of New Kensington; son, Frank (Charlotte) Sokol, of Port Vue,
Fla.; brother, Joseph (Lydia) Sokol, of Idaho; grandchildren, Juliette
(Tom) Stollings, Holly (Chris) Gates, Tammy Grum, Jennifer (Chris) Mayfield
and Frank and Paul Sokol; stepgrandchildren, Shandi (Jim) Sherman and
Whitney Wurmb; 10 great-grandchildren, Shaun, Aaron and Collin Gates,
Matthew, Kaleb, Michael and Tyler Stollings, Jacob and Kylie Grum and
Caieleb Sherman; also many nieces and nephews, especially John Sokol Jr.,
whom he enjoyed spending time with.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elvie (Hecker) Sokol; sisters,
Helen Cuckich, Wanda Yenkala, Stella David and Jean Badgon; and brothers,
Steve and John. Sankey touched many people's lives and will be greatly
missed by many.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at FRANK F. GIGLER
FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the American
Cancer Society or Veterans with Disabilities.