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John and Helen Yakobitis

Helen Yakobitis celebrated her 90th birthday July 21, 2017.

She resides with her husband, John A. Yakobitis Sr., in West Pittston and together they will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary Sept. 16, 2017.

She has been blessed with six sons, John Jr. and Lisa, Duryea; Raymond, West Pittston; Ronald, home; Gerard and Josette, West Pittston, and Kenneth and Mary Beth, Pittston. A son, Kevin, succumbed to leukemia at the young age of 9 in 1969.

Helen has enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow into young women and men. They are John Yakobitis III, Mill City; Nicole Rubino, Philadelphia; Faith Yakobitis, Pittston; Amanda Yakobitis, Harrisburg; Andrew Yakobitis, home; Kendra Yakobitis, home, and Michael Yakobitis, home. Helen’s great-grandchildren are Violet Yakobitis and brother, Everret, of Mill City.

Helen has great devotion to her Catholic religion and prays daily to the Blessed Virgin Mary. When she can, she enjoys listening to her favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, who has kept her “young at heart” all these years.

A family dinner and birthday celebration were held at the Tipsy Turtle Restaurant, Avoca, in her honor.