Stanley J. Yankelitis, 91, of Scranton, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Frances (Symuleski) with whom he shared over 67 years of marriage. He was the son of the late Anthony and Sadie (Okuniewski) Yankelitis.
In his younger days, Stanley was a great polka dancer which is how he met and courted his beloved Franny. He was an Armed Forces veteran of World War II and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 1946.
He worked for the railroad, various trucking companies and finished his career as a traffic manager at Ingersoll Rand Corporation, retiring in 1992.
Stanley was an avid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan. He enjoyed weekly golf outings with his co-workers and friends.
He will be affectionately remembered by his children: Janet Morgan and husband Rick - Shavertown, Donna Heiner and husband Steve - Fogelsville, Stan and wife Jane Ann - Phoenixville, Mary Ann Ator and husband Frank - Sugarloaf; grandchildren: Ricky Morgan, Kelsey and Dr. Max Gottschall, Dr. Kristen Heiner and fiancé LT Colin Bakey, Michael Heiner, Jill Yankelitis, Ben Yankelitis, Alexandria Ator, Gabrielle Ator and Frank Ator.
Stanley took great joy in spending time with his children and grandchildren and was extremely proud of their accomplishments.
He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters: Josephine Ashman, Stella Downes, Anthony, Ceil Reinfurt, Carl, Mary Narvid, and Peter.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Anees Fogley and staff along with the Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Family and friends are invited to attend Stanley’s funeral which will begin on Monday at 9:15 am from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor, followed by Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Stanley’s 92nd birthday, Monday, February 25 at 10:00AM at Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, by the Rev Francis L. Pauselli, pastor. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Mary of Czestochowa Cemetery, Greenwood Section of Moosic. Family & Friends may call Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Divine Mercy Church, 312 Dvis St. Scranton, PA 18505 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105