John Yanchewski
1930 - 2019
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John Yanchewski, of Marlborough, affectionately known by family and friends as Iggie, passed away peacefully after many extra innings at the age of 89 on July 9, 2019 surrounded by those he loved. Born in Maynard and raised on the Assabet River, he grew up fishing and trapping with his late brother Stanley. After graduating from Maynard High School in 1948, he served in the Marines during the Korean War and fought in the landing at Inchon and the liberation of Seoul. Having walked 40 miles in 40 below temperature, he became one of the Chosen Few when he helped free the UN troops trapped at the Chosin Reservoir. A photo of him walking aside a truck of fallen Marines appears in many history books, living up to the motto of never leaving a soldier behind. After a brief stint working for GM in Framingham, he spent the rest of his career working for the telephone company as a cable splicer and member of the IBEW. He and his wife Phyllis settled in Marlborough to raise their family. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and served for years as an usher. A lifelong Democrat, he was a member of the Marlboro Democratic City Committee. Gardening was one of his passions, and visitors were treated to a tour of the garden to admire everything from his roses to fruit trees, vegetables and berries. John loved to fish, particularly at the ocean for blues and stripers. He had a great sense of humor and knew the jokes in every episode of Seinfeld and Pink Panther movies by heart. Golfing was another passion, and he was particularly proud of his hole in one at Kings Way Golf Club in Yarmouth. He enjoyed playing cards, whether cribbage at the Fish and Game or playing scat with his grandchildren. An avid fan of all New England sports, he especially loved the Boston Red Sox, although there was never a catcher that he liked. He loved feeding and watching the birds outside his kitchen window and made sure he shoveled a path to his feeders during the winter. He and his late wife Phyllis had a small business after retiring, Jefferson Antiques. They loved the ocean, especially Cape Cod, Marthas Vineyard, and Gloucester. They celebrated most of their anniversaries at Lake Morey in Vermont where they honeymooned. John was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Yanchewski; his daughter, Joan Jackson of Evanston, Illinois; and his brother Stanley Yanchewski of Maynard. He leaves daughters Patricia Ward and her husband, Michael, of Sterling; Mary Beth Strachan and her husband, Gordon, of Bolton; Carole Masciarelli and her husband, Bob, of Annapolis , MD; eight grandchildren: Zack, Katy, Tristan, Elspeth, Jonah, Emma, Lucy and Lily; great-grand daughter Olive; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Claire Yanchewski. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 5 - 7 pm at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St, Marlborough, MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Marlborough. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the Adam Bullen Memorial Foundation, 24 Charlton St., Oxford MA 01540.

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Published in MetroWest Daily News on Jul. 11, 2019.
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July 19, 2019
Oh Goodness, how do I say Goodbye to a Man I knew all my Life....A man I admired and Loved! A man that had the best 4 daughters a cousin could ever hope for! A Man that was always fun to be around.... A MAN THAT NEVER LEFT another man behind...
A Man that showed Strength in HIS darkest hours no matter WHERE and what they were....
IGGY Raised himself up on EVERY Occasion to Make Good and Peace To the US MARINES, His Wife Phyllis, His Mother in Law , Margaret, His Mother Grammy Yanchewski, His 4 Daughters and their Families, with Grandsons and Granddaughters, and his Awesome grandchildren, and great grandchildren his nieces and nephews and their children ....
PLEASE REST IN PEACE NOW, with FEFE AND JOANIE and I will see all of you Soon!!!
Please bring all my Love to everyone up there!!! EAT SOME OYSTERS FOR ME OKAY???!!!
July 13, 2019
MaryBeth, Patricia and Family,
My deepest sympathies for the loss of your Dad. You all took such good care of him. Thinking of you all today as you lay him to rest.
Jennifer Raybould
July 11, 2019
Mary Beth and family: my sincere condolences to you and your family. Losing a parent is never easy...may the Lord comfort all of you during this difficult time. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Yanchewski...thank you for your honorable service to our country...!!!
Michael Backus
July 11, 2019
My sympathy to the entire family. So many wonderful memories with Iggy, especially the last one when we took a cruise to Bermuda. We danced and listened to his jokes. Iggy is a classy man and very much loved. He will be missed very much.

Melanie Steeves
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July 11, 2019
Prayers to the family. John was a good friend and good neighbor for all of my life . SEMPER FI JOHN ! Dan Jolie
July 11, 2019
I miss Iggie. He was one of a kind!! Such a very loving person.
David Ward
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