Mark Vincent Yanaitis, 65, retired funeral director from the Hudson section of Plains Township, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
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Born in Hudson, he was the son of the late Vincent W. Yanaitis and Isabelle C. Sweeda.
Mark attended St. Joseph's elementary school and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Class of 1966. Mark continued his education at King's College. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1970.
Mark enrolled at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and graduated in September 1971. He passed his National Boards and apprenticed with his father, Vincent. Mark received his funeral director's license in December 1972.
In 1973, Mark completed a post-graduate course and was certified for cornea removal by the Eye Foundation of Delaware Valley, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.
Mark began operating the family funeral home after his father, Vincent, passed away Feb. 2, 1981. He continued his service for 41 years until he retired in 2013. The family business was passed to the third generation, Christopher, to succeed Mark into the business' 76th year of operation.
Mark married the former Martha Dieso on Dec. 23, 1972. Mr. and Mrs. Yanaitis celebrated 41 years of marriage. Together they raised two daughters, Jennifer and Dawn, and one son, Christopher.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Hudson, and the Holy Name Society until the church's closure. He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township, a past officer of the Plains Lions Club, a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and an executive board member and past president of the Luzerne County Funeral Directors Association.
Mark enjoyed listening to music and also playing the piano, accordion, and organ. In his younger years he was very involved in the local music scene. He was part of the band "The 3 M's."
Mark loved to ride motorcycles with his son, Chris, and he relished his time woodworking in his workshop. Spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who knew his as Pop-Pop, was very close to his heart.
Mark is survived by his loving wife, Martha, at home; daughters, Jennifer Boutboul, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Dawn Gillam and her husband, Scott, Forty Fort; son, Christopher and his wife, Maria, Hudson; sisters, Anita Chebalo and her husband, Frank, Virginia Beach, Va.; and Loretta Lehman, Dallas; grandchildren, Mia and Ari Boutboul; Lennox Gillam; Evie and Kylie Yanaitis; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mark will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. John Boyle.
Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Luzerne County Funeral Directors Association will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the Plains Lions Club at 7 p.m.
To send online condolences to the family and directions to the services, please access www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.
Yanaitis Funeral Home
55 Stark St Plains, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on June 7, 2014