In Memory

Deborah A. Swindro (Dickson Yakubik)

Deborah A. Swindro (Dickson Yakubik)


Feb. 24, 2017

Deborah Ann Yakubik, 61, of West Cranberry Avenue, West Hazleton, entered heaven when the good lord received her Friday morning following her loss of a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 31, 1955, she was a daughter of the late George and Anna (Wiegand) Swindro and was a member of Community Bible Fellowship Church in Hazleton.

Deborah was a 1973 graduate of Hazleton High School and was employed as a receptionist by various dentists in the area. Most recently, she was employed as an admissions clerk by Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.

Debbie was a hard-working individual who, when not working behind a desk, was not afraid to get her hands dirty. She could often be found cleaning chimneys as she worked along with her husband in the family business, Johnie’s Chimney Service.

Deborah liked to cook and sew. She enjoyed fishing and was a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She and her husband, John, enjoyed going to concerts and traveling, especially spending time in the Caribbean. She will always be remembered for her infectious smile and her positive outlook on life.

Surviving are her husband, John G. Yakubik, with whom she would have celebrated their 11th anniversary on March 3; granddaughter, Jada Sallo, Sugarloaf Township; brother, Norman Woodring, Harleysville; brother, George Woodring, Florida; sister, Alice Woodring Keyock and her husband, Joseph, Hazleton; and brother, Michael Swindro, Florida. Also surviving are her father-in-law, John Yakubik, Harleigh; brother-in-law, Richard Yakubik, Stockton; sister-in-law, Linda Yakubik and Tony Lynstrom, Hazleton; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved pets, Bella and Jake.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. from the Hazle Chapel of Krapf & Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 426 W. Broad St., Hazleton. The service will continue at Community Bible Fellowship Church, Hazleton, where Pastor Walter Witowsky will preside.

Burial will follow in the St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Hazleton.

Friends may call Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at the Hazle Chapel.

Memorial donations to the Hazleton Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 481, Hazleton, PA 18201, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, are welcomed by the family.

Condolence messages may be entered in the family’s online memorial guest book on the funeral home website at