The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 25, 2014

2nd monument to Kostka proposed

FARRELL — Stanley David Kostka won’t be forgotten. His family is making sure of that by maintaining a monument to him on Roemer Boulevard in Farrell.

Kostka died in the May 31, 1985, tornado, saving two children, his niece, Christa Warrender, and Keith “Zipper” Scott.

On this year’s anniversary, Scott spoke out, saying that he would like the monument moved to the Farrell-Wheatland Little League fields. Kostka was umpiring a game for the league when the tornado struck.

“I just don’t want him forgotten,” Scott told Farrell council on Monday.

But rather than moving the monument, Christa’s father Kenneth Warrender and some of Kostka’s family members came to pitch building an additional monument.

“That way it will be at the ballfield where all the players can see it, and it will still be at its present location where the children walking back and forth to school can also see it,” Warrender said.

There’s already a committee formed, he said, that is willing to fund the monument at the ballfields. The monument on Roemer Boulevard is situated near Kostka’s family, the home where he grew up and where he worked.

Mayor Olive McKeithan asked that the family and Scott work with City Manager Michael Ceci to get the second monument in place.

The room, crowded with residents, burst into applause at recognizing Kostka again, and reacted with words of support when Councilman Robert Burich suggested that council consider renaming the ballfields in honor of him.

Adults at the field helping with this league care about the kids, Scott said. “I’m living proof of that.”

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