John B. Yopchik , age 88, of Millcreek passed away Saturday May 5, 2012 at Fairview Manor. He was born in Marstella, Pa., on December 30th, 1923, the son of the late Joseph and Caroline Tomasko Yopchik. John graduated in 1941 from Pine Township High School in Hielwood, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II from 1943 to 1946. He was employed at General Electric as a Test Leader in the Locomotive Division. John was a family man that enjoyed home remodeling. He had an avid interest in World War II history. He was a Pirates baseball fan, a lifetime member of the Siebenbuerger Club and a member of the East Erie Turners and the American Legion in North East Pa. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel V. Lord Yopchik and three brothers, Michael , Joseph and Edward Yopchik and three sisters Mary Squibbs and Helen Andyshak and Ann Mastroni.. He is survived by two daughters, Dorinda Stinely and her husband Andrew and Benita Steffan and her husband James, all of Erie; three grandchildren, Marina and John Stinely and Bryn Steffan also of Erie; and a sister Margaret Polinek and her husband Peter of Alverda, Pa. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th Street (at Powell Avenue) on Monday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. and are invited to a prayer service there Tuesday at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. A committal service will immediately follow at the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum with full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Sister's of St. Joseph, 5031 West Ridge Erie, PA 16506. Send condolences at www.BurtonFuneralHome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on May 6, 2012