World traveler was fan of Pitt, Disney
No one could say Kim Kardes-Plecenik wasn't organized.
It was a habit that followed her on her trips throughout the world.
“A month earlier, she'd start making lists of what she was going to take and what she was going to wear,” her mother, Sally Kardes, said. “Everything had to be all organized. That was really her thing.”
Kimberly Ann Kardes-Plecenik of Plum died from complications related to a congenital heart problem in a Pittsburgh-area hospital on Saturday, July 23, 2016. She was 51.
A world traveler, Mrs. Kardes-Plecenik worked for the Accreditation and Compliance Department at Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield for 22 years.
People were always happy to see her, her mother said.
“She always had a smile for everybody,” Kardes of Murrysville said. “She just was such a friendly person, and a person that cared about people.”
An avid University of Pittsburgh fan, Mrs. Kardes-Plecenik would go to away football games or attend March Madness with her longtime boyfriend, Thomas Plecenik of Plum, every year. The couple traveled the world, visiting countries such as France, Germany, Ireland, and Austria. They married in the hospital on July 16.
“They had a wonderful relationship, and it was one where they didn't need the paper, the commitment and that kind of stuff,” her mother said.
Mrs. Kardes-Plecenik loved Disney.
“We went to Disney (World) the second year it opened, and the family just fell in love with it,” Kardes said. “We would go every three years. Our whole family always liked it because (of) the type of park it was. It wasn't like going to Kennywood and having to ride all the big rides and all the exciting rides and everything. The idea of it was that there was a lot of things that everybody could do.”
She was also fond of scrapbooking her trips, which her mother attributed to her tendency to organize.
“She was one of these people that you just didn't walk out the door and do something; you had a plan,” her mother said. “She had a plan with everything and everywhere she went.”
In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Kardes-Plecenik is survived by her father, John Kardes of Murrysville, and sisters, Kristen Walch of Wexford and Karen Raabe of Plum.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home, 602 Seventh St., Trafford. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Wednesday in Mother of Sorrows Church in Murrysville. Interment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont.
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7822 or email@example.com.