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Obituary: Stanley "Stas" Pestka

Stas Pestka participated in the Lake Bluff Baseball Association as a coach, mentor, umpire and commissioner for nearly 20 years.

Stanley “Stas” Pestka, June 24, 1956 – Dec. 9, 2012 passed peacefully in St. Louis, surrounded by his family.   

Stas was born in St. Louis and went to Western Illinois University.  He played soccer there and was captain for 3 years and voted most valuable player all 4 years.  He moved to Lake Bluff in 1985 and was the owner of Pestka Carpentry.  He loved baseball and participated in the Lake Bluff Baseball Association as a coach, mentor, umpire and commissioner for nearly 20 years.  On spring and summer nights, he could always be found at one of the ball fields.   He was an avid fisherman, preferring the small ponds surrounding the area.  He carried his fishing pole with him, just in case he happened upon a pond that looked promising.  

Stas is survived by his children's mother Beth (Powers) Pestka; his children, Shannon Pestka, Adam Pestka, and Allison Pestka; his parents, Bernard and Delores Pestka; brother, Craig (Kelly) Pestka, and companion Gina (Vitale) Wade.  He was a beloved uncle, cousin, friend, coach, neighbor and teacher.  

A memorial service will be held on December 22 and 11 AM at the Union Church in Lake Bluff.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Allison N Pestka Special Needs Trust, dated June 29, 2011 c/o Lake Forest Bank and Trust, 103 E Scranton Ave. Lake Bluff, IL 60044.

Obituary courtesy of Beth Pestka.

Wolffgang December 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Stas was the best! Always willing to stop a game and find a moment to teach an important lesson to ball players. For Stas baseball was about the lessons of life. Good sportsmanship, team work, giving up for yourself for the greater good of the team, and enjoyment of the game and your friends. His passing leaves a big hole iin youth baseball in our area. Always enjoyed being with him and around him. Our family benefitted from all of his passion for the game and for teaching boys life lessons. His trips and passion for the experience of Cooperstown are a great memory.
Stevie Janowski December 22, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Stash was the best. I had him has an Ump, man this is sad to read, gonna miss ya buddy, way too young

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