Frank J. Yanulevius, 74, White Haven and formerly of Ashley, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 8, 1943, a son of the late Francis Yanulevius and Hazel Rowles Yanulevius McGovern. Soon after birth his father passed away, and he was raised by his stepfather, Thomas McGovern.
Frank was a graduate of Ashley High School and attended Wyoming Valley Technical Institute. He served with the 30th Field Hospital Reserve Unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard as a medic during the Vietnam War.
He was employed by Cornell Iron Works, Mountain Top, for over 37 years, retiring as a foreman. Following the passing of their only daughter to a drunk driver in 1995, Frank and his wife, Sharon, became active speakers and formed the “Friends of Sharon,” in honor of their daughter to increase the prevention of drugged and drunk driving incidents.
Following his retirement, Frank and his wife spent many happy hours together in the outdoors fishing and enjoying the beauty of nature with their dog, Bleu.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Yanulevius, in 1995, and by his brothers, Raymond Yanulevius and Leonard and James McGovern.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Sharon Casterline Yanulevius; brothers, John McGovern and his wife, Doreen, Hanover Twp.; and Thomas E. McGovern and his wife, Coleen, Plains Twp.; sister, Dolores Williams and her husband, Dan, Nokomis, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Nancy Gittens, Jenys Swan and Cindy DeSanto and her husband, Angelo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758516, Topeka,
Condolences may be sent by visiting Frank’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.