OBITUARY

Alex Monchak

Passed away on September 12, 2015

Alex Monchak peacefully passed away on September 12, 2015 after living a wonderful life. He was a Bayonne, New Jersey native, first generation American and the eldest of three children, son of Ukrainian parents MaTrona Marich Monchak and George Monchak. He is preceded by his beloved wife Audrey Guidry Monchak, brother Edward Monchak and his sister Mary Monchak Danchak. Alex is survived by his children: son Alex Monchak Jr. of Texas, daughter Trona Jean Monchak-Carter of Florida, two grandchildren: granddaughter Amanda Jean Carter, grandson Quinton Sagely Carter, and a large extended family throughout the United States.

Alex and Audrey raised their family in Cinnaminson, New Jersey prior to relocating to Manatee County, Florida in 1980. They were founding and longtime members of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church.

Alex lived a long life as he pursued his passion and childhood dream to participate in Major League Baseball. His ultimate goal was to support the growth and development of both himself and the team as they worked together to achieve a Major League Baseball World Series Championship.

His Major League Baseball career began as the shortstop with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1940. Like many players during that time, his career was quickly interrupted when he received the call to serve our country. Alex was deployed to the 11th Armored Division of the United States Army during World War II and fought under General George Patton in the Battle Of The Bulge, the largest battle ever fought at the time. Following his military service during World War II, Alex continued to pursue his childhood dream of a career in baseball. In 1949 to 1961 he managed in the minor leagues with the Odessa Oilers, Lexington Indians, Wellsville Braves, and the Cedar Rapid Braves amongst others and even took on the role of a player/manager in 1956. In 2013 Alex traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he was honored for his accomplishments and inducted into the Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame. From 1962 to 1970 Alex worked with California Angels both as a scout and in their instructional program.

Then Alex received the call to return to the Major League Baseball roster, this time as coach with renowned Manager Chuck Tanner. This coaching/management team stayed together for many years sharing their leadership with the following Major League Baseball organizations: Chicago White Sox (1971-1975), Oakland A’s (1976), Pittsburgh Pirates (1977-1985) and the Atlanta Braves (1986-1988). Alex’s childhood dream came true in 1979 when he was the first base coach, (yes on the field) with the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates who became Major League Baseball World Champions! Alex continued his Major League Baseball career as a Major League Baseball scout for several teams and was honored as a recipient of the distinguish Roland Hemond Award in 2009 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Upon Alex’s passing he was the third oldest living Major League Baseball player and the oldest living Philadelphia Phillies player. A “Celebration of Life” mass will be held for Alex at 9:30am on Saturday, October 17th 2015. The church location is Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church 2850 75th Street in Bradenton, Florida 34209. Alex’s Interment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

A mass will be held at Fort Myers’ Old Post Chapel followed by military honors and Alex’s interment joining Audrey in the columbium at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation; 5010 N. Parkway Calabasas; Suite 201; Calabasas, CA 91302 http://pbsfonline.com/ a 501-C-3 organization.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 17, 2015
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Cindy

April 3, 2016

so sorry to have heard of Al's passing today..prayers for you all..i got to know Al when I was a shy kid attending the Pirate games at Three Rivers..he always had time to talk and the last time I got to talk to him had a few laughs about those days..he was a great man and he will always be in mine and my familys thoughts...Cindy Southern

Carl Quebedeaux

October 12, 2015

Trona, Alex and family,
My thoughts and condolences are with you. Be assured of my prayers.
Carl Quebedeaux

Michael & Catherine Manchak

October 5, 2015

Dear Monchak Family,

We have all been so blessed to know your your Mom and Dad. What an incredible and blessed life they lived. The stories, oh the stories they had, from the early days in their beautiful marriage. I continue to think how blessed we are because of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Michael & Catherine Manchak
and the Manchak clan out west

Charlie Inman

September 30, 2015

Sorry to hear about your loss Amanda and family. You are in my prayers.

September 24, 2015

Sorry to hear of your loss Trona. My sympathy's go out to you and your family... Gayle Falvey

September 23, 2015

To the Monchak Family
Pleas accept my deepest sympathy for the passing of Al. My Uncle Mickey Kucinski played ball with Al during the 1930-40's. Both from Bayonne, I have a picture of both Mickey and Al when the played in Delaware for the minor leagues.
Sincerely, Chris Alfano

September 22, 2015

So sorry to hear of Alex's passing. Though he only briefly played in Keokuk, he was very gracious in sharing his memories of that time with us.(1954).

Steve Smith
Keokuk IA
A Baseball Fan

Richard Bills

September 21, 2015

Sorry to hear of Mr. Monchak passing. With his passing we here on left on earth got a little poorer and those in heaven got a richer. Thank you for all the kindness you have given to so many.

Gary & Shirley Keoppel

September 21, 2015

To the Monchak Family

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this trying time. After hearing about him for many years, it was great meeting him when he was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a true gentleman and a great ambassador of the sport he loved so much. May you hold the great memories you shared with him deep in your hearts and minds forever.

Nancy Fessler

September 21, 2015

Dear Trona and Chip,

Many happy memories of the times we shared! I will always remember my Dadlee and his boxer Candy who kept me out of trouble when Daddy played for him.

Your mother and your dad were very special to all of us. May the memories comfort you in the days ahead.

Whenever I visit Arlington I will know that they are together!

Love,
Nancy