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George "Yorky" FABIAN

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FABIAN, George "Yorky"

George E. "Yorky" Fabian. April 1922- June 2013. Yorky, devoted son, husband and father, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his equally devoted family. Steady, always present, active. A true example of a good man, and of how to live a good life. Yorky, born in Steelton, PA, was the son of the late Michael and Anna (Nazay) Fabianich. He was predeceased by Helen (Kastelic), his loving wife of 68 years; his brothers Thomas, John, James, Michael and sister, Francie Sennett; and his daughter-in-law, Carol (Nikoloff). Yorky was a decorated Navy/Marine veteran of WWII. A member of the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 44 yrs. He worked as a pipe mill clerk, an insurance investigator, and a safety supervisor. Later, he also worked evenings at JC Penney in Sporting Goods. Yorky, a lifelong Red Sox fan, was a talented athlete. He participated on several Harrisburg Catholic HS teams, played Sandlot baseball, bowled in the ABC East Leagues, Bethlehem Steel League, and KSKJ Tournaments. He coached Little League Baseball, and Suburban Girls' Softball. He was a model of good sportsmanship. He was a member of Prince of Peace Church, and the former St Peter's Church and School, in Steelton. He served on the church council, held offices in the Holy Name Society, KSKJ, St Aloysius Lodge #42, and Steelton Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree. He built and painted scenic sets for Helen's Girl Scout Troop's many programs. More recently, they were members of St Mary Star of the Sea Church, and the Burlington Seniors in CT. Yorky and Helen celebrated their Croatian and Slovenian heritage with music and dance, seldom missing an opportunity to polka or waltz. Helen loved to dance, so Yorky learned, and they danced beautifully together. Yorky is survived by his four children, Mary Ann, husband Charlie Mosey, Jr; George; Cindy; and Lisa; four grandchildren, Jennifer, husband Andrew Stutzman; David; Christopher; Jessica, husband Gavin Gray; seven great-grandchildren, Shawn, Josie, Austyn, Ethan and Emily, Adrianna and Aidan; his brother William and sister Mary "Snooky" Eppinger; and his four grandkitties.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Prince of Peace Church, in Steelton, PA. A second mass will be celebrated on a later date at St Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St, Unionville, CT 06085. Interment, with military honors, will be at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please remember Yorky by doing something for your community, by making a donation to his or your church, or your local animal rescue group or adopt a pet.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 23, 2013
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