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Francis C. Yurko Jr.

September 28, 1949 — November 15, 2020

Frank Yurko 71 of Harding passed away Sunday November 15 surrounded by his loving family at Allied Hospice center in Scranton after a lengthy illness. Born September 28, 1949 in Wyoming he was the son of the late Frank Sr. and Helen (Bublo) Yurko. Fran had a love for old cars and pinball games at the R & J Diner where he would meet his wife the late Patricia Fanelli Yurko. Together they built a home in Harding where they raised their 4 children. Fran was a hard worker and wonderful provider. He enjoyed league bowling at Modern Lanes and dart league at old Emma’s on the trail. He loved watching Nascar and his Pittsburgh Steelers and playing cards with friends. He enjoyed many yearly family vacations especially Ocean City MD, Myrtle Beach and Florida to visit Tom and Janice Wynn. He was a member of Laborers Union Local 130 where he would be involved in constructing one of the nuclear towers at the Berwick Power Plant. He then went on to work highway construction for many years ending his career with Northeast Signal but was forced to retire due to failing health. Fran always had a project going on whether it be at his home or others where he earned the nickname “France” He was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in West Pittston

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Mark, wife Patricia, daughter Lisa and beloved dog Rexie

Surviving are sons Ron of Exeter and David of Laflin, daughter Christie Slagus and husband Dan and stepgrandson David Slagus, sister in law Angie Fanelli and many friends who have become like family especially Jimmy Stolarski.

The family wishes to thank Dr Torbik, Dr Ramakrishna, Dr Abughnia and Dr Hyzinski for all their years of care. Special thanks to all staff of Allied Hospice especially Ann Marie Lavelle, Katie Morris, Danielle Magraner and Doreen Addley for their wonderful care. Our deepest gratitude to his private caregiver Fabiola Strzeletz whose exceptional care allowed him to stay at home per his wishes.

Funeral service will be held Saturday at 12noon in the Metcalfe Shaver Kopcza Funeral Home Inc 504 Wyoming Avenue Wyoming with the Rev. Donald Strope officiating.

Interment will be in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Friends may call Saturday 9-12noon in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Allied Services Hospice 100 Abington Executive Park Clarks Summit PA 18411 or charity of donor’s choice

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