PROTODEACON JOHN S.
62, of Hopewell Twp., returned home to the Lord and entered into eternal rest with his family at his side early Friday morning, July 20, 2012, after a year long battle with cancer. Born May 17, 1950, in Central City, PA, son of John and Kathryn (Pribish) Youhas. He was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Ambridge, PA. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Andrew (Katren) Pribish, and Michael (Mary) Youhas; and many aunts and uncles. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Bonita (Ronald) Raible of Callawassie Island-Okatie, SC; niece, Tamara (Danny) Wilson of Boynton Beach, FL; along with several uncles, aunts and cousins. Fr. John graduated from Hopewell High School '68, then attended Robert Morris University. He was then called by the Lord and entered Christ the Savior Seminary, Johnstown, PA, followed by a two year stay at the Annunciation Monastery, Tuxedo Park, NY. Upon leaving the Monastery, he returned to a staff position as Prefect at Christ the Savior Seminary, Johnstown, PA. He was then elevated to the dignity of Protodeacon of the Diocese and was personal deacon to Metropolitan Nicholas (Smisko), ruling Bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, until his passing in 2010. Friends will be received at the St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 450 Glenwood Drive, Ambridge, on Monday from 2-4 an 6-8 with Panachida being served at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., celebrated by the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Frank P. Miloro, Chancellor of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA from Johnstown, PA, and the Very Reverend Robert J. Prepelka, Pastor. Entombment will follow in Sylvania Hills Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Christ the Savior Seminary or St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from July 21 to July 23, 2012