Paul J. Yazinski, 94, a lifelong resident of Dickson City, died Wednesday evening at the Green Ridge Health Care Center, Scranton. He is survived by his wife, the former Joan T. Casparo.
Born in Dickson City, son of the late John and Tillie Pewnicki Yazinski, he was a member of St. Mary's Visitation Church, Dickson City, and educated in Dickson City schools. Before retirement, he was employed as an inspector with PennDOT. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Mellville AD2 and the USS Sierra AD18. He was a plank owner of the Sierra, having commissioned the ship in 1944 and decommissioned it in 1994. He sailed the Atlantic from Brazil to Iceland and the Pacific from the South Seas to China. He was a past commander and life member of VFW Post 5937, Dickson City.
Paul was avid about daily exercise, and walked at least one mile each day with his buddies. If the weather was inclement, he used his stationery bike for an hour.
Also surviving are two sisters, Jean Bylinski and Sophie Stefursky, both of Dickson City; and two brothers, Chester (Ernie) Yazinski and wife, Charlotte, Dickson City; and Leonard Yazinski, Houston, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Paul Jr.; two wives, Victoria Laskowski and Angela Famularo; and five brothers, Stanley, Walter, Edward, Adam and Leo Yazinski.
The funeral with military honors will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by his godson, the Rev. Louis Kaminski, at 10 in St. Mary's Visitation Church, Dickson City. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Dickson City.
Friends may call Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.
For directions or to leave a condolence, visit www.mazurfuneralhome.com.
Frank T Mazur Funeral Home Inc
601 Dundaff St
Dickson City, PA 18519
Published in Scranton Times on May 16, 2014