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Rev. Fr. Charles M. Yastishock


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Rev. Fr.  Charles M. Yastishock Obituary
Rev. Fr. Charles M. Yastishock

Toms River - It is with heavy hearts that the Yastishock Family announces the death of the Very Reverend Father Charles M. Yastishock, 66, of Harrisburg, PA, who died Monday morning at Hershey Medical Center. He was a priest of the Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian Rite) Eparchy of Passaic for over 40 years and Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church in Toms River, NJ for 30 years.

Fr. Charles was the son of the late Theodore and Mary (nee Gogar) Yastishock and was preceded in death by a brother, Theodore J. Yastishock. He is survived by four sisters: Mary Ann Kitzer of Harrisburg, PA; Julia Ann Dyckman of Harrisburg, PA; Elizabeth Semanchik of Pittsburgh, PA; and, Ann Marie Yastishock of Washington, DC; a brother, Daniel Yastishock of Harrisburg, PA, 15 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Fr. Charles was born on May 5, 1951, in Harrisburg, PA and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in 1969. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1973 and attended the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, PA. The first priestly vocation of St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church, Fr. Charles was ordained a priest May 15, 1977, and was assigned as an Assistant Pastor to St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Trenton, NJ until June 1978 when he was assigned as Assistant Pastor to St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Cathedral in Passaic, NJ. In June 1979, he was assigned as Assistant Pastor to St. John Byzantine Catholic Church in Hazelton and in November 1979, he was assigned as Pastor of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Wilkes Barre Township, PA and Administrator of St. Mary's in Nanticoke, PA. In January 1988, he was appointed the Administrator of St. Andrew Byzantine Catholic Church (now Our Lady of Perpetual Help) in Toms River, NJ and in April 1991, he was appointed as Pastor of OLPH.

An avid traveler and frequent leader of pilgrimage trips to various overseas destinations such as the Holy Land; Fatima, Portugal; Lourdes, France; Germany; Italy; Poland; Slovakia; Ukraine and Hungary, Fr. Charles spread laughter, fun and love to whomever he met and wherever he traveled.

On Sunday, February 25th, 2018, priests of the Eparchy of Passaic will vest Fr. Charles at 2:30 pm at the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, Toms River, NJ. Fr. Charles will then be transferred to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Byzantine Catholic Church, 1937 Church Road, where a Panchida will be held. A public viewing will be held at OLPH Church from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm followed by Parastas and then a social. On Monday, February 26th, Fr. Charles will be transferred to Harrisburg, PA for a public viewing at St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church at 5408 Locust Lane from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm followed by Parastas and a social. On Tuesday, February 27th, at St. Ann Church, the Office of Christian Burial for a Priest will be held at 10 am followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery at 4075 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA.

Memorial contributions in Fr. Charles's name may be sent to: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church, 1937 Church Road, Toms River, NJ 08753; St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church, 5408 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109: Sisters of St. Basil the Great, Mt. St. Macrina, 500 West Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401, or Discalced Byzantine Catholic Carmelite Nuns, Annunciation Monastery, RD 1 Box 1336 Sugarloaf, PA 18249. www.silvertonmemorial.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 22, 2018
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