Nick S. Yackovich Sr.
1935 - 2021
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Nick Sava Yackovich Sr., 86, of Rillton, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, March 1, 2021. He was born Jan. 27, 1935, in Rillton, son of the late Simo and Helen (Poznick) Yackovich. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, August and Viola DiGiacobbe; an infant sister, Amelia Yackovich; two sisters, Annie Bazala and Amelia Damiano; two brothers, George Yackovich and Miller Yackovich; and his son, Michael Yackovich. Nick graduated from Sewickley Township High School and then served our country in the Army. He was a life member of the Rillton VFW Post 8518, where he served as trustee for many years. He trained as a diesel mechanic in Chicago, Ill., and worked as a mechanic until his "retirement". He was an avid gardener, and he could usually be found on Saturday mornings tinkering in his garage to the sounds of his favorite Serbian music. If anyone in Rillton or the surrounding areas needed anything fixed, they could always take it to Nick. He also loved to show off his two great-grandchildren. He was the best Jedo anyone could ever ask for! He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Janice (DiGiacobbe) Yackovich; children, Mary (Frederick) Collins, of Mt. Pleasant, and Nick (Amy) Yackovich, of McFarland, Wis.; grandchildren, Catherine (Jonathan) Humphreys, Lauren (Shawn) O'Brien, Megan (Thomas) Croxford, Kristen Collins and Michael Eli (Destiney) Yackovich; two great-grandchildren, Grace Humphreys and Mason Eli Yackovich, sisters, Mary Nagoda, of Export, Angeline Babich, of Yukon, Catherine Anthony, of Rillton, Joann (Richard) Stepinsky, of Herminie, and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. A viewing will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME, 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie. A final viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with service to follow at Holy Ascension of our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church at 11 a.m. with Father Rumen Stoychev officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery. Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening in the funeral home. COVID restrictions will be adhered to. Social distancing and masks are required. Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 25 people at a time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Nick's name to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, 24 N. Third St., Youngwood, PA 15697. To send online condolences, please visit

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Published in Tribune Review from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2021.
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March 6, 2021
The Rillton firemen were so proud of you!
You were a beautiful Christian person who wanted to help others constantly!
March 3, 2021
We loved you and your family! We enjoyed your Serbian cooking and music!
March 3, 2021
Deepest Sympathy and may his Memory be Eternal. i remember Nicky and Uncle Dan working in the garage in Rillton. Many good memories.
Diane Gaich Zanarini and Danny Zanarini.
Diane Zanarini
March 2, 2021
We'll keep your family in prayer!

Klipa family
March 2, 2021
The Serbian community in Rillton loved you! My heart is saddened as our Orthodox population is passing on! ☦
March 2, 2021
The Bogonovich family from Biddle extends their sympathy! Eli & family were so proud of being Serbian!

March 2, 2021
Many fond memories of Nick and the family. Nick always had a smile.
He will indeed be missed.
Cindy Gaich
March 2, 2021
A wonderful man and great father to all. Nick welcomed all who entered his home and he will be greatly missed. Love to Janice and Mary and Nick Jr.
March 2, 2021
Your cousin Hedy Seymour always was so proud of your family! She & Lisa always enjoyed your intelligence and knowledge of many things!
March 2, 2021
Love and prayers,

The Painter family
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