Milan Trnka born March 2,1933 in NYC to Pauline and Michael Trnka succumbed to covid at Chester County Hospital on December 1st, 2022 at the age of 89.
Milan began doing gymnastics as a child in the Sokol Gymnastics Organization. He competed in competitions all through his youth and teen years enabling him to earn a scholarship to Syracuse University. He graduated with a degree in physical education, specializing in teaching and coaching. He received his masters at the University of Illinois. After teaching and coaching at Niles Township High School in Skokie, Illinois, he was recruited to teach at West Chester State Teachers College to teach physical education classes and coach the men’s gymnastics team. He trained and mentored many excellent gymnasts through his 34 year career, retiring in 1996. For many summers he directed one of the first gymnastics summer camps in the U.S Sokol Woodlands in
Barryville New York. Milan also served 2 years in the United States Army and continued in the National Guard retiring after 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pauline Plesnik Trnka; his children Michael Trnka (Kathy), Kim Annunziato (Mike); and his beloved grandchildren, Conner, Kyle, Holly and John.
According to his wishes, he will be cremated. A celebration of life will be held to honor him for family and friends early in the New Year.
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith and Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 N. Church St. West Chester, PA 19380 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com
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