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Joseph "Smokey" Yamber

January 30, 1959 March 13, 2019
Joseph "Smokey" Yamber
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Obituary for Joseph "Smokey" Yamber

Joseph “Smokey” Yamber, 60, of Avella passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 after a brief illness.

He was born on January 30, 1959, in Washington, son of the late John and Mildred Laurich Yamber.

Mr. Yamber was a 1976 graduate of Ft. Cherry and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California University in 1980.

He was employed as a building supervisor for the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County from 1994 until 2013. He was also employed at the Meadows Racetrack as a call a bet teller for 18 years.

Mr. Yamber was a member of Indian Springs Rod and Gun Club, SNPJ Lodge 106 and St. Michael Roman Catholic Church.

Smokey loved to cook for his family, spend time with his dog Rambo and go to his cabin in Mayburg. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, watching Pittsburgh sports, the History channel and the news.

On May 6, 1989 he married Janelle Marie Pollack who survives.

Also surviving are, daughter, Joelle (Ronnie) Cooper; son, Joe Yamber all of Burgettstown; sister, Sandra Ulrich of Bulger; brother, John (Carol) Yamber of Burgettstown; nieces, Bethany App, Corrie Warner and Jessica Pitt; nephews, Tommy Ulrich, John Yamber, Tyler Ulrich and John Mondin; sisters-in-law, Jackie (Jack) Miller, Janet (Jerry) McClain; and many cousins and great nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received from 2pm – 8pm on Sunday, March 17, in the Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Monday, March 18, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 97 Highland Avenue, Avella, PA 15312, with Rev. Harry Bielewicz officiating.

Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Burgettstown.

Memorial Contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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2:00 PM 3/17/2019 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/17/2019 8:00:00 PM
Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc.

18 Campbell Street, PO Box 65
Avella, PA 15312

Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc.
18 Campbell Street, PO Box 65 Avella 15312 PA
United States





10:00 AM 3/18/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Michael Roman Catholic Church

97 Highland Avenue
Avella, PA 15312

Mass of Christian Burial.

St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
97 Highland Avenue Avella 15312 PA
United States

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