John J. “Yak” Ptaszkowski Sr., 86, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away unexpectedly Monday at his residence.
Born in Shenandoah, Feb. 17, 1928, he was a son of the late Francis “Jeff” and Alice Rosko Ptaszkowski.
He was a graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School.
Mr. Ptaszkowski was a decorated World War II Navy veteran. He was a brave soldier, having served as a frogman in underwater demolition. His decorations and citations include the WWII Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.
Earlier, John worked in the local coal industry. He retired from Local No. 524, Pipefitters and Plumbers Union, Scranton.
On Feb. 11, 1956, in St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church, Shenandoah, he married his wife, the former Bertha Dudash, who survives.
Yak was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, and a former member of St. Casimir Parish, Shenandoah. He was also a member of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company and the A.P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792, Shenandoah.
He was “the best husband, dad and pop-pop.” He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed fishing, especially his many trips to Canada.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were two sons, John Jr. and Ronald Ptaszkowski; a daughter, Jean Marie Ptaszkowski; and a sister, Florence Tobin. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 58 years, Bertha, are a son, Francis “Archie” Ptaszkowski, Drums; two daughters, Regina Ptaszkowski Tomashefski, Mount Carmel, and Karyl Isgate and her husband, John, Weston Place, Shenandoah; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services with military honors at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Casimir Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of arrangements.