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Michael J. Yanefski

  • On November 21, 2020

Michael John Yanefski, 79, of Carnegie, PA, formerly of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020.   Born May 15, 1941 in Old Forge, PA, he was the son of the late Michael and Theresa (Biancardi) Yanefski and brother of the late Patrick Yanefski. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara (Smerdon) Yanefski, and his children Michelle Yanefski (Andrew Moss) and John (Janell) Yanefski. In addition, he is survived by four grandchildren, Griffin van de Venne, Luka van de Venne, Jack Yanefski and Dirshaye Yanefski and three step-grandchildren Wyatt, Emma and Barrett Stevenson.  

Mike was the son of a coal miner and the first in his family to get a college degree, graduating from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and going on to earn his Master’s degree from Newark College.  He worked as an electrical engineer at several defense contracting companies before retiring.  Mike was a devout Christian who loved the Lord, loved his wife, and his children with all his heart.  He was a man of few words, preferring to serve behind the scenes rather than being in the spotlight.  He loved others through service, working the sound board at church, coaching little league, helping with algebra homework, and fixing cars, leaky pipes, broken appliances; all things his family relied on through the years. When he made time for himself, he most enjoyed being out on the golf course, watching or talking about Penn State football, or enjoying delicious food with his loving wife. 

A funeral service will be held at Providence Presbyterian Church in Robinson Township on Tuesday, November 24th at 2pm. A video service will also be offered. Interment will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, Robinson Township, PA. Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.PittsburghCremation.com.


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Robert Inshetski
  • Nov 21 2020
My heart goes out to all Mike’s family and friends. I had the opportunity of meeting Mike and Barb two years ago when they came to Seattle to visit their son John and his family. Being a distant relative, Barb reached out to me during their visit and I’m ever so grateful. Family has always meant the world to me. Thank you Mike for allowing me to meet you and your family. May you forever be in everyone’s hearts, their minds and their lives.
Tony &Lisa Trozzi
  • Nov 21 2020
So sad for the family but he is finally at peace. Prayers to all.
Sharon Block
  • Nov 21 2020
At this difficult time our hearts and prayers are with all of you. We hope you can take comfort in knowing that Mike is at peace. Sharon and Larry
Uncle Joe and Aunt Flo
  • Nov 22 2020
Mike will be missed by so many but he has been welcomed in Paradise. Last visited with him either at Judy's funeral or in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Thank you Lord for a good life, despite the illness and suffering.
Lori Lalin
  • Nov 22 2020
Barb, I’ve been flooded with so many special memories of you and Mike. He truly was a gentle soul, kind and loving. Tuck all your precious moments tightly in your heart. Sending you much love, Lori
Donna & Steve Shertzer
  • Nov 24 2020
Barb and family. Steve and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Mike, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve has so many great memories of golf trips with Mike, I am so happy he has them to hold onto. God Bless the Yanefski family.
Pat Eckman
  • Nov 24 2020
Praying for you all at this difficu
Pat Eckman
  • Nov 24 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May God comfort your hears at this difficult time. Appreciate Barb & Mike so much when they were here in Lanc
Pat Eckman
  • Nov 24 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Greatly appreciate Mike and Barb when they lived here in Lancaster. Blessings to you.
Keith Snyder
  • Nov 24 2020
Barb & Family, Our sincerest condolences go out to you & your family with the loss of Mike. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mike for many years & considered him a good friend. He was very proud of his family & often shared their many accomplishments, with me. He was definitely a DIY guy & always willing to help out friends with home projects. He taught me how to change out my brake pads & rotors on my Hondas. He was also a fierce, but humble, competitor, as he would easily whoop me in racquetball with his “simple” finesse kill shots. It “drove me crazy” as I continually tried to out power him with shots, but never could. He will be genuinely missed by ALL!! Keith & Elaine Snyder
Sylvia Chen
  • Nov 24 2020
After 44 years of friendship, traveling together, and good times, Mike will surely be missed. Still, I'm glad to know he is at peace. I love the photo. It's exactly the way I will always remember him. My love and prayers go out to Barb and everyone else in his family.
Bill Holden
  • Nov 24 2020
Praise the Lord that Mike is now with the Lord! Back in 1977 Mike hired me at ISC in my first engineering job out of Penn State. Praying for the whole family as you experience this loss. Bill Holden
Sharon Hess
  • Nov 29 2020
So sorry to hear about Michael's passing. May God comfort you and your family at this time and give you peace. I'm sure he was welcomed "home", a good and faithful servant. Cherish the memories!
LuAnn Goldfus
  • Dec 14 2020
I always thought Mike was SO cool. Many thoughts coming your way especially at this time. Sincere condolences, LuAnn Fellenbaum Goldfus