Obituary: John 'Oscar' Pliska, retired mechanic
John Anthony “Oscar” Pliska, 66, of Hadley, a retired Physical Plant mechanic, died Monday morning at his home surrounded by his family.
Born in Northampton, he graduated from Hopkins Academy and also attended Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.
He served as a sergeant with the Marine Corps in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart.
He was an ASE-certified master mechanic and worked as a motor mechanic II at Physical Plant until his retirement in 2000.
He leaves his wife of 46 years, Joanne (Bohonowicz) Pliska; his son John A. Pliska Jr. of Hadley; his daughter Christine M. Wilda of South Hadley, four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield 01101.