Executive made mark as athlete, teacher, coach
By Tory N. Parrish
Published: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Joseph Chuba was a popular basketball and football player in high school who was the apple of every girl's eye, but he only had eyes for one.
He married her in 1947, said Alma Chuba, the high school sweetheart who became Joseph Chuba's wife.
“He was a wonderful husband and a good father. The children just loved him, and the grandchildren,” she said.
Joseph A. Chuba of Munhall died of a rare lung cancer in Canterbury Place hospice in Lawrenceville on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. He was 88.
Mr. Chuba was a World War II veteran and former educator who later became an executive at Allegheny General Hospital, his family said.
“He loved to work. He just had a passion for what he did,” said Mr. Chuba's daughter, Debbie Essig, of Murrysvile.
Mr. Chuba was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Butler, his wife said.
Raised in West Homestead, he graduated from Homestead High School in 1943. Shortly after high school graduation, he began four years of service in the Coast Guard and Navy during World War II, his family said. He was a frogman, which is a member of a naval underwater demolition team.
He was discharged in 1947.
He played football for Duquesne University, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1950. He received a master's degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh a few years later.
From 1950 to 1958, Mr. Chuba was a teacher in Homestead High School, where he was a basketball and assistant football coach, his family said.
“He was well liked. People were sad when he got out of teaching,” Alma Chuba said.
Mr. Chuba held a few other jobs before he was hired by Allegheny General Hospital in the mid-1960s, she said.
In 1986, he retired as the vice president of operations for the hospital.
He was a family man, Essig said.
“I know he was always there for me and my brother … and he loved my mother dearly. He adored her,” she said.
Mr. Chuba was a religious man who encouraged his children to do well in all of their endeavors, Joseph T. Chuba said.
In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Chuba is survived by his sisters, Loretta Karpiniak of West Homestead and Margaret Pihonsky of West Mifflin, and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Chuba.
Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home Inc., 3501 Main St., Munhall.
A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Homestead.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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