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Rocco F. Yanora

On August 18, 2022, after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer, Rocco F. Yanora, 88, of Wyoming, fell asleep in the Lord and entered into eternal life.

Rocco was born in 1934 in Nova Scotia, Canada and came to the United States with his family at the age of 11. He was a member of the G.A.R. Class of 1952 and went on to serve four years in the United States Air Force, receiving an Honorable Discharge.

He attended Stonehill College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He later received his Master of Science Degree from the University of Scranton.

Rocco was a teacher in the Wyoming Area School District where he taught Latin, French and the Social Sciences. After retiring, he enjoyed volunteering with many local organizations, including the American Red Cross, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Meals on Wheels Wyoming Valley and St. Vincent DePaul Kitchen.

Rocco was a member of St. Barbara’s Parish in Exeter, where he served as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Communion. He was a man of great faith and attended mass daily until his failing health no longer permitted him to do so.

Rocco was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lynn Ann; brothers Ralph Yanora, John Yanora and Louis Yanora. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Jacqueline Eldridge, both of Wyoming; sisters Carmel Kunis, Rahway, N.J.; Mary Louise Byndas, Palmyra, PA; and Rosemary Pilch, Warrior Run, PA; numerous nieces and nephews.

Rocco wanted to express the following upon his death: Whatever good I did, whatever I accomplished, whatever of lasting worth, I attribute to the grace of God and the influence and assistance of the many wonderful people God placed into my life. Whatever my faults and failings, I attribute solely to myself. Anyone whom I might have inadvertently or unjustly offended through human weakness, I beg forgiveness. “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the Faith.” Please remember me when you come to God’s altar.

Rocco’s wife and daughter would like to thank Father Paul McDonnell for his spiritual guidance and friendship, especially during Rocco’s illness. They would also like to thank their neighbors and friends. You have all become our family and support system during this past year. We will be forever grateful for your kindness, compassion and prayers.

Private funeral services will be held with arrangements entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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Rebecca Briskie
Rebecca Briskie
Sep 11, 2022

Mr. Yanora is the best person I have ever come to know throughout my life. As a student he helped me through some very difficult times and I will be forever grateful. I still keep the set of books he gave me on my bookshelf to this day 30 plus years later. Mr. Yanora, you will reign in the Kingdom of God forever and in my heart as well.

My deepest condolences to Mr. Yanora's family. -Rebecca Briskie


Sep 08, 2022

Liz and Family,

He was a pillar at our chuch for many many years. A great influence on our youth and a loyal friend. We'll miss him on those long walks and brief chats.

Jim and Diane Dennis


Vince Nobile
Vince Nobile
Aug 29, 2022

Mr. Yanora was always so nice to me (and my

sister) every time he saw us over the years. I

always enjoyed my little talks with him. He will

certainly be missed in this world.


Aug 29, 2022

Jacqui & Aunt Liz, This was an absolutely beautiful tribute to your dad. It brought a tear to my eye. Even though I spent many picnics and gatherings over the years with him, I learned much about him in this tribute. He helped others and that is what someone who lived a good life does- Robert and I have many great memories of him and he has always been very kind to us. He will always hold a special place in our hearts as you and your Mom do. You are all in our thoughts and prayers- sending hugs and lots of love ❤️

Robert and Joan Begliomini


Jackie Cegelka
Jackie Cegelka
Aug 28, 2022

To liz & Jackie, Our sincere sympathy to you on your loss. Rocco's passing brought back many wonderful memories to all of us. May his love warm your hearts with happy memories.

The Cegelkas' and The Sheeders'

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