In Memory

John G. Yakubik

John G. Yakubik

John G. Yakubik April 3, 2017


John G. Yakubik, 61, of West Cranberry Avenue, West Hazleton, entered heaven when the good Lord received him after he died at his home Monday evening.

Born June 28, 1955, in Salzburg, Austria, he was a son of John J. Yakubik of Harleigh and the late Gertrude (Menninger) Yakubik and was a member of the Community Bible Fellowship Church of Hazleton.

John was a graduate of Hazleton High School and for more than 20 years was owner and operator of Johnie’s Chimney Service of Hazleton.

He and his wife, Debbie, who had just passed away in February, loved to spend time together, especially traveling and attending concerts. John was a former member of the Kosciusko Club and was an avid sports fan who enjoyed following the Phillies, Eagles and Steelers.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his mother, were his wife of 11 years, the former Deborah Ann Swindro, and sister, Monica Yakubik.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are his daughters, Brandy Schuk and her husband, Eddie, West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Justine Yakubik, New York; granddaughter, Jada Saullo, Sugarloaf Twp.; brother, Richard Yakubik, Hazle Twp.; and sister, Linda Yakubik and Tony Lynstrom, Hazleton. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Alice Woodring Keyock and her husband, Joseph, Hazleton; brothers-in-law, Norman Woodring, Harleysville; George Woodring, Florida; and Michael Swindro, Florida; and his beloved pets, Bella and Jake.

Friends are invited to gather at the Hazle Chapel of Krapf & Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 426 W. Broad St., Hazleton, on Tuesday for a visitation period from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Following the visitation period, there will be a procession to the Community Bible Fellowship Church, Hazleton, where the Rev. Walter Witowsky will preside over a memorial service that will begin at 1 p.m.

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

Memorial donations to the Hazleton Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 481, Hazleton, PA 18201, are welcomed by the family.

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

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04/11/17 11:18 AM #1    

Karen L. Martinkovic

How bittersweet...I always say that "the only pain in dying is left to the living." How very sad John's family and friends must be today. But then again, John's spirit must be rejoicing to be reunited with his beloved Deborah (Swindro) again and of course, with our Maker.

04/11/17 07:18 PM #2    

Matthew Palucci

John- you were one tough son-of-a-gun !! We originally met as 'combatants' and ended up being friends. That is the way it should be ! My prayers are with you my friend !

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