It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Nick Plodinec, on
November 17, 2020 in Beaver, PA.
Nick is survived by his
brother, Ronald. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Ann (Cookie), and
their son, Nicholas IV, who passed away early in life.
Due to health concerns
surrounding COVID-19, a limited viewing will be held Monday, November 23, 2020,
from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tatalovich Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Center
Township, 3475 Brodhead Road, Monaca, PA 15061, where a private blessing
service will take place on Tuesday with Fr. Michael Polosky officiating.
Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver, PA.
Well done,Nick Be thou at
Class Memorial Pages/H-1 Nick Plodinec.pdf
Nicholas S. Plodinec III,
Nicholas S. Plodinec
III, Air Force Lt. Colonel, Retired, of Beaver, answered the loving call of our
Holy Father, passing peacefully on November 17, 2020, at the age of 81.A
graduate of Aliquippa High School, Nick went on to attend Valley Forge Military
Academy and graduate from West Point, later earning a Master's Degree as well.
Nick had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed performing through-out his
life. While in the West Point Glee Club he was honored to perform at Gen.
MacArthur's birthday party at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, march in
JFK's Inauguration Parade, and sing on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Shortly after graduation he married the love of his life, Doris Ann Zdranik, and they
shared their adventures and passions with his postings in Asia and around the
United States, including a stay in Newport, Rhode Island. As a pilot for the
Kissinger Team, he flew multiple overseas missions.
Another passion was
teaching. He served as an Officer Instructor at the Naval War College and also
was honored to include JFK, Jr. and Oliver North among his students at other
institutions of higher learning. Later, after retiring from the Air Force, he
returned to the area and became a Simulator Instructor for USAir.
Nick was known for his great sense of humor and his tireless dedication to family and
friends. As a man of faith, he attended S.S. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic
Church in Aliquippa and the Church of the Living Christ in Bridgewater, and he
was a U.S. Air Force Veteran having served in the Vietnam War. We thank him for
He was preceded to glory by his wife, Doris Ann Plodinec,
and will be dearly missed by his brother, Ronald Plodinec; sisters-in-law,
Christine Erhardt and Patricia Bowron; brother-in-law, Greg Bowron;
sister-in-law, Vivian Zdranik and nephews, Michael Zdranik II, Peter Zdranik and
Peter's wife, Danielle Zdranik.As we honor Nick's life and spirit, share
a smile, share a joke, share a memory. Nick is surely smiling today, happy in
his journey, joyful in his destination.
Due to health concerns
surrounding COVID19, a limited viewing will be held Monday November 23, 2020,
from 5 to 7 p.m. at TATALOVICH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., CENTER
TOWNSHIP, 3475 Brodhead Road, Monaca, Pa., 15061, where a private blessing
service will take place Tuesday, with Fr. Michael Polosky, officiating.
Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver PA. There will be no further
activities after the interment.