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YOUNGSTOWN - Peter Yuschak, 84, formerly of the citys west side, passed away late Tuesday afternoon, March 8, 2011, at Park Vista Retirement Community.
Peter was born June 27, 1926, in Youngstown, and was the last surviving child of the late Michael and Eva Sabran Yuschak.
He was a lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, where he was baptized. In his youth he enjoyed membership in the Ukrainian Orthodox Youth Organization and traveled to different cities for conventions.
He worked for Youngstown Coal Company, Habuda Cement Company, and retired from YBM in 1991. He was a loyal Teamster activist and member of Local No. 377 in Youngstown.
Pete enjoyed growing hot peppers and grinding them into powder every autumn. He taught his daughters the value of independence, standing up for oneself and helping family and friends in need. He lived life his way, let others live their way, and was often heard saying, live and let live. Pete was generous and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it, and was a fun, outgoing man who was truly the life of every party.
His beloved wife of 62 years, Rachael Flory Yuschak, whom he married Feb. 2, 1946, passed away Feb. 25, 2008. Among the many activities they enjoyed together, they especially loved going to the monthly Yuschak family dinners.
Mr. Yuschak is survived by three daughters, Rose (Peyton) Bogley and Karen Yuschak, both of Jefferson, Md., and Tina (Russ) Nesmith of Frederick, Pa., and a great many nieces and nephews.
Although Petes death is truly the end of an wonderful era for the Yuschak family here on Earth, Pete has now joined his wife, sisters and brothers for a big heavenly family reunion, reuniting with siblings Eva Thomas, Mary Bobersky, Anna Senediak, Steve Yuschak, Julia Bralish, Helen Breznai, Matilda Tillie Mehle, Alex Yuschak Jr., Esther Spisak, Anna Venardos, John Yuschak, and Rose Peretic.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., today, Friday, March 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will be held at 5:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, where Pete will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Petes daughters wish to thank their Youngstown cousins for all of the help and support they offered during his recent illness. His daughters also wish to thank the staff of Park Vista who took care of Pete with patience and compassion.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Petes family.