Claire Yakus, 89, of Luzerne, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 1, 2013, at home, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Luzerne, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Pauline Kaydan Rebarchick. Claire was a graduate of Luzerne High School, was a member of Holy Family Parish and was active in the former St. John's Mother Club and the Luzerne Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Claire worked at Roth American and Yakus Confectionery, the family-owned business in Luzerne.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; brothers, Stanley Rebarchick, Frank Rebarchick; and sister, Lottie Skunda.
Surviving are sons, Ronald Yakus and his wife, Susan, Phoenix, Ariz., Robert Yakus and his wife, Karen, Luzerne; daughter, Barbara Rahl and her husband, Edward, Luzerne; grandchildren, Ronald Yakus Jr., Christopher Yakus and his wife, Jennifer, Michael Rahl, Lauren Rahl; great-grandson, Logan Yakus; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She loved animals, especially her pet cat and companion, Grey. Claire was a very loving and caring wife and mom. She was an amazing grandmother who could make you smile and laugh to no end. She was our life, love and now our angel. She will be forever in our hearts and deeply missed.
The family wishes to expresses their gratitude to the staff at Renal Consultants, Dr. Edward Carey, aide Maureen Seeley-Evansky, Southern Hospice and all friends and neighbors for their love and support.
Funeral will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, with the Rev. Michael Zipay officiating. Interment will be in St. Ann's Cemetery, Lehman. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705. To light a virtual candle or leave a message of condolence for her family, please visit www.betzjastremski.com.