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Max Afanesko
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Birth: Aug. 20, 1923
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 2012
West Deer Township
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Max Afanesko, 88, of West Deer Township, passed from this life Friday, March 16, 2012, surrounded by his family at his residence. Born Aug. 20, 1923, in Curtisville, he lived in the West Deer Township all of his life. Max enjoyed playing baseball, playing for the 1939 Pa. All-State Champion Team from the American Legion. In 1945, Coach Malcolm named him in his lineup of "Greatest Players" for playing right field from 1939 to 1941. He graduated from Etna High School in 1942. After leaving high school, Max joined the Minor League Baseball system, playing in AA Minor League. Because of the war, in 1943 Max left the minor leagues and joined the Army, serving his country as a member of Company C, 272 Infantry Division of the Fighting 69th as a staff sergeant. Max was chosen by General Hodges to serve as an interpreter between the American First Army and Russian forces at the historic meeting of the Allies. At Elbe River, he crossed enemy lines, freeing 100 US prisoners of war. He received the EAME Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory medal. Returning from the service, he went to school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching. During his college career, he played football, playing both defense and offense and lettering in three sports and also was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In 1967, he received his master's degree from Syracuse University. Max taught at Apollo Ridge High School, teaching civics, American history, world culture, problems of democracy and geography. He also was the baseball and football coach from 1953 to 1957 and retired in 1988 after a 35-year career in teaching. Survivors include his wife, Lucy Alice (Kundus) Afanesko; his son, James Afanesko, of California; his daughters, Sandy Afanesko, of Frazer, and Susan (Tom) Kardos, of Franklin Park; and his granddaughter, Lauren Kardos. He was preceded in death by his parents, Prokor and Tekla (Consweya) Afanesko; his brothers, Nicholas and Anthony Afanesko; and his sisters, Dorothy McCoy and Mary Afanesko. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. The family invites all wishing to attend the burial and full military honors services to meet them at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil. View obituary online and leave condolences at

Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum 3/18/2012

National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Donna Butler Sheaffer
Record added: Mar 18, 2012
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Max Afanesko
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Merry Christmas Dad! I miss you every day!
- sue kardos
 Added: Dec. 18, 2014

- Donna Butler Sheaffer
 Added: Mar. 18, 2012

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