Charles A. Godlasky

July 16, 1929 Jan. 11, 2013

Charles A. Godlasky, 83, Pittsburgh, formerly of Indiana, Pa., passed away from this life Friday.

He was born in Osceola Mills. He married Mary Ann Schoch on July 14, 1951, and they resided in western Pennsylvania for most of their lives. He and Mary Ann retired to central Florida for many years before returning to Pittsburgh for the past six years. Charlie was preceded in death by his beloved wife on Sept. 8, 2012.

Surviving are seven children: Barbara Staff of Madison, Wis., Patricia Zacour (Sam) of Erie, Thomas (Lisa) of Naples, Fla., Lawrence (Pat) of Hummelstown, Karen Baker (Robert) of McKees Rocks, Richard (Rebecca) of Orlando, Fla., and Mary Wojcik of Orlando, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Charlie attended Penn State University from 1948-51, where he played right tackle for the football team and lettered for two years. He received a B.S. degree in 1951 and a M.S. and D.Ed. in 1965, all from Penn State. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

From 1959-64, Charlie was professor of health and physical education and head football coach at Slippery Rock State College. During his tenure, his teams won three PSAC Western Division championships and one state championship in 1962. In 1963, his team played in the All Sports Bowl against Northeast Oklahoma State. He was inducted into the Slippery Rock Hall of Fame in 1987. For 50 years, he and his players, affectionately known as Charlie’s Boys, continued to reunite, share a common experience and demonstrate a lasting bond with one another.

Charlie was also professor of health and physical education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 23 years and was chairman of the department for men in the days when the department was divided. He also served as assistant football coach for many years. His seven children are all graduates of IUP.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Joseph M. Somma Funeral Home Inc., 5405 Steubenville Pike, Moon Run, Robinson Township. A funeral Mass will follow at noon Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vincentian Home, 111 Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.