ShareThis Page
Obituary Stories

'Jack of all trades' of Manor provided for large family

| Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

The eighth of nine kids, Mitch Yackovich grew up working and worshipping God, and that's how he lived his life, his family said.

“He was just a kind-hearted man who led a simple life and loved his wife,” his daughter, Helen Kalp, said.

Growing up, the siblings spent most of their time helping their parents around the house, his sister Angeline Babich said.

Miller “Mitch” Yackovich, 80, of Manor died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Excela Health Westmoreland hospital, Greensburg. He was born Dec. 31, 1936, the son of the late Samuel and Helen Yackovich in Rillton.

In his youth, Mr. Yackovich worked as a caddy at the Lincoln Hills Country Club and played football in high school, his sister said.

After graduation, he spent two years in the Army, serving with a heavy weapons infantry unit in Germany.

After his honorable discharge, he returned to the area, met his wife and raised a family, his daughter said.

Mr. Yackovich mainly worked for Babich and Stotler in Yukon and then Westmoreland Steel in Madison. An electrician, he took whatever work he could find, his daughter said.

“He was a jack of all trades,” she said.

With five children, “he sometimes worked three jobs to take care of us.”

Raised in a strong Serbian Orthodox family, Mr. Yackovich instilled that faith in his children.

“He made sure that we all celebrated Orthodox Christmas and all of the Orthodox holidays with his mother, Helen, and his father, Samuel,” his daughter said. “His faith was everything.”

One of his main forms of entertainment was scratch-off lottery tickets and playing slots at a casino, she said.

His other pursuits included remodeling his house and maintaining a large garden that included lettuce, onions, corn, cabbage, peppers and tomatoes, his daughter said.

Mr. Yackovich was a plain-spoken person without pretense, his son-in-law George Kalp said.

“He was just an honest individual,” he said.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann P. Yackovich.

He is survived by five children: Helen Kalp of Greensburg, Chris Ann Conti of Somerset, Michelle Ratkus of Goodyear, Ariz.,. John Yackovich of Jeannette and Miller Yackovich Jr. of Frederick, Md. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayers will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, to be followed at 10 a.m. by the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.

Military honors by the VFW Post No. 33 honor guard and interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery. A Pomen service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me