Robert A. “Coach” Yablonsky

Robert A. “Coach” Yablonsky, 66, of Shenandoah, passed away April 4 at his residence.

Born in Shenandoah, May 14, 1951, he was a son of the late Alfred S. and Verna (Navitsky) Yablonsky.

Bob was a 1969 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School. He also graduated from Kutztown State College in 1975 and the University of Wyoming in 1977.

Earlier, he was a substitute teacher at Shenandoah Valley and Mahanoy Area high schools.

Above all, his passion in life was coaching. He coached CYO basketball in Shenandoah and other communities. He also coached seventh- and eight-grade girls’ basketball at the former Cardinal Brennan High School and Tri-Valley. In addition, he coached softball at the former Cardinal Brennan High School. He was a PIAA official, having been a referee for girls’ basketball and was a softball and baseball umpire.

Bob was a member of the former St. George’s Church, Shenandoah, and currently attended St. Michael’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Shenandoah.

He is survived by cousins.

Religious services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Myron Grabowski will officiate. Interment will be private. A visitation will be held from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

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