Joseph Yanotchko, 70, of Vernon, beloved husband of the late Dianne (Schinitis) Yanotchko, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
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Born in Hazelton, Pa., the son of the late Michael and Helen (Petruska) Yanotchko, he grew up and lived in Freeland, Pa., before moving to Vernon 43 years ago. He was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Class of 1965. Prior to his retirement, Joseph was an electrical engineer at various companies, such as Pratt & Whitney, Sorbus, and MAI Systems. He was a longtime communicant of St. Bernard Church in Rockville. Joseph was an avid golfer and bowler, and he enjoyed gardening and fixing electronic devices of all kinds, even devices that seemingly had little chance of ever working again. He loved sports and was a devoted Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Eagles, and UConn basketball fan. He was a member of the Penn State Alumni Association.
He is survived by his sons, David Yanotchko, and his wife, Mary Boland, of Jersey City, N.J., and Daniel Yanotchko, and his wife, Brendanne, of South Windsor; his grandson, Andrew Yanotchko of South Windsor; many loving relatives; and his adopted pug, Romeo. Joseph was also predeceased by his brother, Michael E. Yanotchko.
His family will receive friends for calling hours on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon.
Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Church, 25 St. Bernard Terrace, Rockville. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery, Rockville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joe's memory to the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut, 100 Deerfield Road, Windsor, CT 06095.
For online condolences and guestbook please visit
Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home
551 Talcottville Road Vernon, CT 06066
Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 26 to Mar. 30, 2014