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George M. Yahnite

July 8, 1943 ~ November 8, 2018 (age 75)

George M. Yahnite of Guy and Mary Felt Manor passed away Thursday morning (Nov. 8, 2018) at Penn Highlands Elk. He was born in St. Marys, PA on July 8, 1943 the son of the late Margaret Donlin Palamarchuck and George B. Yahnite.

He is survived by and will be missed by brother, Jim Yahnite (Peg) of Canisteo, NY, a sister Mary M. Kolock (Bob) of Fort Mill, SC., nephews and nieces, Matt Yahnite, Bridget Y. Huszar, Kasi Y. Staffen, Christina K. Gratrix, Steven Kolock, several grand nieces and nephews, and many close friends and co-workers.

After graduating from CCHS in 1962, he enlisted in the Navy and served for four years aboard the USS Albany. Following his discharge he attended Penn State DuBois and eventually became employed with GE in Erie. He returned to Emporium following a very serious car accident and began his decades long position as chief hoagie sauce maker and George of all trades at Luigi's. A very humble, optimistic, caring, and sharing person, he enjoyed year round fishing in the local streams, taking care of the neighborhood cats, visiting with friends and staying close to home. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, the VFW, Legion, and Moose clubs.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 AM followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon to be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA where a Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Emporium Senior Center, 213-1/2 South Maple Street, Emporium, PA 15834

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