Michael Yevich, 96, of Honesdale entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 18th at Wayne Memorial Hospital after sustaining a fall and subsequent complications of pneumonia. His wife, Joyce Carol Altemose Yevich, with whom he shared over 60 years of marriage, died on November 8, 2017.
Mike (Mickey) was born in Taylor, Pa in 1924 and was the son of the late John and Margaret Yevich. He is survived by his only daughter Jill Yevich George, son-in-law Jeffrey George of Honesdale and 2 granddaughters, Devan George of Honesdale and Sienna Helfrich along with her husband Nathan Helfrich of Plaquemine LA. He was preceded in death by siblings John Yevich, Mary Miller, Anna Yevich, Margaret Novak and Helen Ann Yevich; and he is survived by siblings Irene Tomaszewski, Emily Wanish and William Yevich. Mike was blessed to have 13 nieces and nephews in his life.
Mike was a World War II veteran, PFC, 90th Infantry Division Radioman in the 1st and 3rd Army under General Patton. He was wounded and lost the sight in his left eye during the Battle of the Bulge in Normandy, France where he was awarded 2 Purple Hearts and numerous other medals. Being a proud Army man, Mike has been a life member of the American Legion in Taylor and the Disabled American Veterans’ post in Honesdale. With the help of the GI Bill, Mike attended culinary school for baking and after returning home gained employment at Buck Hill Falls in the Poconos where he met his wife, Joyce in 1957. He continued his baking career shortly thereafter at Cove Haven Resort in Lakeville, PA where he remained until retirement. Mike was fortunate to have spent almost 30 years of retired life wintering in Bradenton, Florida where he enjoyed walking, bowling, golfing, bingo, shuffle board, attending baseball games and particularly eating at restaurants with all his friends. He and Joyce always knew the best restaurants in town. In the warmer months, he lived in PA enjoying similar hobbies as well as volunteering for Meals on Wheels and in later years, attending the congregate lunch at the Honesdale Senior Center.
A private funeral service will be held at the Semian Funeral Home LLC, 704 Union St. Taylor by the Very Rev. Mark Leasure, followed by burial in the Bethany Cemetery, Bethany at a date to be determined. In Lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial contributions be made to the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging or any non-profit organization whose mission is to help with food insecurity.
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