Helen M. (Brown) Yakobitis

July 21, 1927 ~ October 6, 2020 (age 93)


Helen Brown Yakobitis, 93, was granted eternal life this Tuesday October 6, 2020 to be with Jesus Christ and His mother Mary.
She was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, the daughter of the late Emmitt Brown and Helen Corbett Rooney. 
Her brother Raymond Brown was killed at a young age in an automobile accident while on leave from the Navy, and a brother William Brown preceded her in death as well.
A daughter- in- law Josette Yakobitis passed away in 2017,
Helen was a devoted Catholic and prayed her rosary daily to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was a stay at home Mom and cherished raising her family.
She had just celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary with her devoted husband John on September 16th.
They have resided most of their life in West Pittston where they raised six children, all boys. A son Kevin passed away at the young age of nine in 1969, a victim of leukemia.
She is survived by her husband John Sr., West Pittston, sons John Jr. and his wife Lisa, Duryea, Raymond, West Pittston; Ronald, her trusted and devoted caretaker, at home; Gerard, West Pittston; Kenneth and his wife Mary Beth, Pittston. 
Helen was very proud of her grandchildren: John III ( Katie) Mill City; Nicole Yakobitis- Brown; Philadelphia, Faith Haughwout ( Kevin), Pittston; Amanda, Harrisburg; Andrew, home; Michael, home; Kendra, home; and was blessed also with three great grandchildren, Violet  and Everrett Yakobitis, Mill City; Kensley Yakobitis- Brown, Phila.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Helen took great pride in her IRISH ancestry and was an avid New York Yankees fan. As a young teenager, she was "crooned" by Ole Blue Eyes or "the Chairman of the Board" as she would say: the great Francis Albert Sinatra.. She had many of his albums and had great admiration for both his musical and professional career. She enjoyed the Big Band era, especially Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey
Her devotion to her husband and family will be missed greatly. Family traditions will not be the same but will be celebrated and remembered with her loving spirit.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 5-8pm at the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.
A Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday at 1:00pm at Corpus Christi Parish in Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston with the Monsignor John Sempa, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp.
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"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast", Peter 5:10

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October 9, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gubbiotti Funeral Home,LLC
1030 Wyoming Ave.
Exeter, Pennsylvania 18643

Funeral Service
October 10, 2020

12:30 PM
Gubbiotti Funeral Home,LLC
1030 Wyoming Ave.
Exeter, Pennsylvania 18643

October 10, 2020

3:00 PM
St. Mary's Cemetery,Hanover Twp.
1594 S. Main St.
Hanover Twp., PA 18706

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