James O. Yhelka, 50

YhelkaJames O Yhelka, 50, a lifelong resident of Ellwood City passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital following a short illness.

Born July 1, 1965 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late James Yhelka and Peg Duncan Casuccio of Ellwood City.

Jim retired from VEKA in Zelienople. He was Catholic by faith. Jim enjoyed cooking, baking, reading and fishing. He loved his border collies. His most cherished time was spent with family, especially his brother, Joe.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Leindecker Yhelka who he was with for 17 years, his mother and step father, Peg (Robert) Casuccio of Ellwood City; two daughters, Meagan M. Yhelka of Fombell, Raven V. Yhelka of Ellwood City; son, Jeremiah James Yhelka of Ellwood City; step son, Kyle Hoffmeier of Ellwood City; two brothers, Scott (Anna Marie) Duncan of Sharon, Joseph (Tonya) Yhelka of Ellwood City; grandson, Darius D. Yhelka; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1998, and a nephew Joseph James Yhelka.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday November 3 from 3 pm until the time of the Blessing service at 5 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery..

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

4 thoughts on “James O. Yhelka, 50

  1. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Jimmy. I pray that fond memories will ease your pain as he rejoins his dad, nephew & all his family & friends who have passed before him.

    Peg, we know your heart is heavy. Loosing a child is the toughest of all pain. We can never really grasp hold of such a loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

    Marge recalls Jims’ very friendly personality as he would always stop & visit as they sat on Aunt Helens’ porch. I’ll never forget my granddaughters’ excitement as they explained that their very best (Meagan) friends’ daddy had explained to them in detail how they were actually related–2nd-3rd generation cousins!

    Meagan, please keep the afghan. Wrap yourself in it & feel the warmth of family, love & memories–including the “distant cousins”

    Love to you all & may his soul rest in peace.

    Anna Marie & George, Knoxville, TN.

  2. May the comfort and peace from God’s Word give you the needed strength to endure this difficult time -2 Corinthians 1 : 3,4 and John 5 : 21,28,29.

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