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Robert V. Schank


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Robert V. Schank Obituary
Robert "Bob" Vincent Schank, 93, died peacefully at the AHN Hospice, in Natrona Heights Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. He was born April 17, 1925, in Throop, Pa., to the late Sylvester and Rose (Muto) Schank. He graduated from Throop High School, Keystone College and Penn State University. Bob married Teresa Gonsky July 28, 1951, and the couple moved to this area, initially residing in Tarentum and later moving to New Kensington. A devout Catholic, he was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, Lake North, Fla. A veteran of World War II, he enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and served aboard a destroyer escort (the USS McCoy Reynolds, DE-440), which earned four battle stars by sinking two Japanese submarines and taking part in the battles of Palau, the Philippines and Okinawa in the Pacific. Mr. Schank was employed by the Valley Daily News and Valley News Dispatch for 37 years. He was sports editor from 1952 to 1978. Bob's hobby was golfing and he was a member of Brackenridge Heights Country Club for 50 years. After retiring, he spent the winter months in Greenacres, Fla. so he could golf year round. In 1970, he was instrumental in the founding of the AK Sports Hall of Fame and served on the inductee selection committee for 20 years. He was the inaugural president of the Alle-Kiski chapter of the Optimist International Club and the first president of the VDN Federal Credit Union. Mr. Schank is survived by four daughters, Dayle Schank of New Kensington, Teri (James) Sander of Mt. Lebanon, Judy (Floyd) Newingham of Hermitage, Pa., and Susanne Schank of Phoenixville, Pa.; five grandchildren, Melissa (John) Hanson, Rachel Sander, Benjamin Sander, Wayne Smith and Deidra Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Maisie Hanson and Adeline Hanson. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carmine and Joseph Schank; his sisters, Lena Coccomiglio and Marguerite Pietraczyk; and his wife of almost 60 years, Teresa Schank.
Friends are invited to attend a Christian funeral mass at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A mercy meal in the church's Marble Hall will follow the service. Bob's burial will be private. He will be laid to rest in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Feb. 7, 2019
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