The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 27, 2010

Stephen D. Yanzetich Jr.


SIDMAN — YANZETICH – Stephen D. Jr., 47, Sidman, passed away May 26, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Dec. 9, 1962, in Johnstown, son of Stephen D. Sr. and Dolores Jean (Selepak) Yanzetich. Preceded in death by grandparents, Evan and Luba Catherine (Prislac) Yanzetich and Vasil and Julia (Dribnak) Selepak; aunts and uncles, Evan R. Yanzetich, Gabriel and Francie Yanzetich, Alice Yanzetich, Edward and Margaret Yanzetich; godparents, Paul and Verna Yanzetich; Pete and Jeannie Yanzetich; Michael, Andrew and Joseph Selepak; Marie Gresko; and Agnes Fedoras; and canine companion, Buddy. Survived by loving parents; devoted brother and friend, Evan Joseph; special cousin that he regarded as a sister, Susan; his wonderful son, Stephen III, married to Vanessa Walters, Portage; former wife, Mary Ann (Yauneridge) Yanzetich; and several cousins on both sides of the family near and far, especially Catherine Yanzetich, Patricia Caldwell, Eva Marie Seftic and Evonne Homway. He was a proud graduate of Forest Hills High School, Class of 1980. He had a great love of music throughout his life and studied trumpet with Nick Jacobs, and represented Forest Hills at Cambria County Band Festivals. As a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, he served as an altar boy. Steve participated in and was an active member of Boy Scouts, Sidman Troop, during its existence. He also belonged to the Croatian Fraternal Union of America Lodge 5. After graduation, he worked in the family business, Yanzetich Wood Products, alongside his father, brother and uncles, Paul and Joe. With his father and uncles, Steve and his brother, Evan, learned the art of the lumbering, construction, welding, mechanical repairs, heavy equipment operation, excavation, carpentry and whatever else was needed at the time. His most recent employment was for Knopp and Klatt Excavation as a coal truck driver. He enjoyed family gatherings and summer picnics, hunting, visiting the Bakale cousins at their farm and hearing the stories about his father, uncles and grandparents growing up in the Depression Era and beyond. He was a supporter of his alma mater, and attended as many Forest Hills regular season and playoff football games as he could with his good friend, Kevin Gennett. He was passionate about Pitt Panther football and watching the Steelers with his son. He was a good, kind-hearted person who loved to laugh, tell a joke, imitate friends, relatives and comedians and did his best to please. Steve endured many trials during his short life, but never wavered in his love for God, his parents, his brother, his son, his family and friends – always true and loyal – the best friend that anyone could ever ask for, always first on the list. If you had him, the rest came in second place. His free spirit and sense of adventure enriched all of our lives. Steve will be greatly missed by all who loved him. “Goodnight, sweet Prince, may flights of angels lead you into paradise.” Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, where vigil service will be held at 8:15 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, Monsignor Michael A. Becker. Committal, St. Michael Church Cemetery.

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