Thomas "Herbie" Yerabek of Factoryville passed away peacefully at home on Thursday following a short battle with cancer.
Born in Scranton on Feb. 9, 1940, son of the late Alexander and Julia Zabinski Yerabek, he was a member of St. Ann's Basilica. Educated in St. Ann's Monastery School, he was a graduate of St. Ann's High School and attended the University of Scranton. Tom served in the National Guard Reserve for six years. Before retirement, he was employed by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and before that by Matthews Drug Co., Scranton.
Tom loved skiing and used his cooking skills for many activities with the Scranton Ski Club. He had a stand for many years at the Bloomsburg Fair "King of The Bull. He also enjoyed traveling to the Finger Lakes. Tom will be deeply missed by all his family, his adopted family and friends.
The family would like to thank Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of NEPA, for the kindness and compassion shown to Tom and his family.
Surviving are four sisters, Barbara Sichik, Scranton; Dorothy Yerabek, Taylor; Margaret Whitbeck and husband, Philip, Waverly; and Julia Fuller and husband, John, Belle Mead, N.J.; a brother, Bernard Yerabek, Johnson City, N.Y.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his beloved companion, Mary Vancosky, whose family he adopted as his own.
The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann's St., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Ann's Basilica. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann's Basilica, 1250 St. Ann's St., Scranton, PA 18504; St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; or
, 712 Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517.