Ronald J. Yeziorski

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CONYNGHAM — Ronald J. Yeziorski, 74, was called home to our Lord Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Hazleton General Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born Feb. 12, 1938, in Trevorton, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Agnes (Kruszynski) Yeziorski.

He graduated from Kulpmont High School in 1956.

Ron joined the U.S. Army in 1958, where he served as a military policeman. He was honorably discharged in 1961.

He met and married the love of his life, the former Joan Kashner, to whom he was married 53 years this past April.

He was employed for 30 years as a maintenance mechanic for Bemis, Valmont Industrial Park, until his retirement in 2001. He more recently worked as a custodian for Christ Church UCC, Conyngham.

He was a member of St. Johns UCC, where he had served on the church consistory and volunteered at various church activities. He was also a member of the Butler Township Senior Citizens. He was an avid fan of Penn State and the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.

He enjoyed gardening and playing golf on Thursdays with his Golden Golf buddies. He cherished his Friday night bingo with his beloved wife and spending time with family, friends and his canine companions, Brutus and Nittany.

Ron was well known for his kind heart and for giving to others, including, in the end, giving the gift of life.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Renae Dobbs and her husband, Charles, of Smyrna, Tenn., Dr. Kim Palfey and her husband, Dr. Bruce Palfey, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Ronda Youngcourt and her husband, Joshua Youngcourt Sr., of Rock Glen; 15 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren with the ninth due in July; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, George and Barbara Kashner, of Shamokin, Richard and Gloria Kashner, of Paxinos, and Dr. Claude and Regina Smith, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence; a sister, Rita Smith, and his in-laws, George and Clara Kashner.

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YEZIORSKI — Ronald J. Yeziorski, 74, of Conyngham. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Johns UCC, St. Johns Road, St. Johns, with his pastor, the Rev. Thom Morris, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Johns Lutheran and UCC Cemetery, St. Johns. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service Saturday at the church. Harman Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums, assisted the family with the service arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Johns UCC, PO Box 48, St. Johns 18247 to be used toward the Newtown, Conn. trip or to the church memorial fund. Online condolences can be entered, and more information is available at
Published in The News Item on Jan. 9, 2013
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