John Yankowski

John P. Yankowski

Friday November 26, 1920 - Tuesday April 7, 2020
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John P. Yankowski passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Clark Rehab and Nursing. He was born on November 26, 1920. Originally from the Ironbound Section of Newark, he lived in Nutley for 54 years where he raised his family along with his wife, Edith. He most recently resided in Cranford.
After 42 years, John retired from Western Electric, Kearny. A member of the Greatest Generation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served on the USS LCI(L)-976 as a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class in the South Pacific.
His family was most important to him. John was frequently lending a helping hand to family and neighbors. A child of the Depression, he was poised to use his ingenuity to fix just about anything. John was happiest when tinkering around the house. He was a great proponent of exercise.
He is survived by his daughter, Terry, and son, John; son-in-law, Tom; daughter-in-law, Debbie; his grandchildren, Christopher, Julianne and Kyle Herron, Jeff (Laura) Yankowski and Kelley (Dan) Sarnelle; and great-grandson, Brayden Sarnelle. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith (Buck); his siblings, Anthony (Rose) Thomas, Veronica (Edward) Erni, Julia (Patsy) Lepore, Helen (Albert) Price, Joseph (Mary) Yankowski, Mary Yankowski, Vincent Jankauskas; and his goddaughter, Patricia Golas.
Described by many as a good man and true gentleman, he will be sorely missed.

Interment will be at Glendale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, 31 Evans Terminal, Hillside, NJ 07205.
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    Glendale Cemetery
    28 Hoover Avenue
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ 07003
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John & Michele Pfeifer

Posted at 08:31pm
"John Yankowski" will remain in our hearts forever. Our deepest sympathy.
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Michele Pfeifer

Posted at 05:58pm
John was a wonderful neighbor and always thoughtful. Thanks for all the Kielbasa John, it was really good!
He kept in touch with us even after moving, and always called on holidays.
Thank you for the plant, they continue to thrive in our home.
you will be surly missed..
John & Michele

Force Team

Posted at 10:30am
The Ericsson Workforce Team sends our condolences to Tom, his wife and family.
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Bob Price

Posted at 07:44pm
He was such a kind and considerate person. He would call me to check on my mother and brother, send them birthday and Christmas cards. RIP Uncle John.

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