George Yanisko

George Yanisko, 87, Scranton, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 65 years is Mary Ann Tremko Yanisko.

Born and raised in the Pinebrook section of Scranton, son of the late George and Anna Mizenko Yanisko, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, attended Temple University and the University of Scranton and before retirement was employed by Superior Fireproof Door and Sash. George was a member of St. Paul's Church, and a dedicated member of Holy Family Church before its closing. His ministries there included sexton, president of the Holy Name Society, chairman of the Holy Family Jubilee, Social & Welfare Committee and the Holy Family Social Club. George was a member of the Amateur Softball Association as an umpire for more than 60 years. In 1985, he was inducted into the Chic Feldman Memorial Sports Hall of Fame. He was also the former chairman of the Seventh Ward of Scranton, president of the Young Democrats, a faithful volunteer at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and a member of the American Legion, VFW and Scranton Eagles Club.

George was a friend to many, and respected by all.

Also surviving are two sons, Richard and wife, Mary Margaret, Virginia Beach, Va.; and George and wife, Elaine, Olney, Md.; two daughters, Karen Bohanko and husband, Benjamin Jr.; and Anne Marie Weiksner and husband, Kenneth, all of Scranton; nine grandchildren, Cara Burgis, Benjamin Bohanko III, Beth Schweitzer, Emily Maloney, Paul Yanisko, James Yanisko and Michael, Samantha and Amy Weiksner; two great-grandchildren, Audrey Schweitzer and Maggie Burgis; three brothers, Thomas, Robert and Paul Yanisko; three sisters, Anne Notz, Joan McHale and Martha Dougher.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Theresa Thompson and Mary Lenns.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Paul's Church, Penn Avenue. Interment, Holy Family Cemetery, Throop.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Pike, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703, or St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.


Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 21, 2014