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1934 Audrey 2017

Audrey Yanke

April 1, 1934 — September 10, 2017

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, Audrey (Aletto) Yanke passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Audrey was the only child of the late Josephine (Kramer) and Ernie Aletto; wife of the late Alfred Yanke; mother and best friend of Judy (Mark) Fritzges and Jill Yanke (Nigel Spudich); grandmother to the late April Gollick, Emily Gollick - her birthday buddy, Abby Gollick; and great-grandmother to Myla and Noah Cancro. Audrey worked for Bell Telephone in her early years and later in the Kennedy Shop n’ Save’s floral department and finally at Pat Catan’s in McKees Rocks... where she just loved to help out the customers. When out dining or shopping... people would always recognize her from Pat Catan’s. Audrey was a staunch Republican with the exception of the current president. She loved gambling and her trips to Las Vegas especially gambling with her son-in-law, Mark into the wee hours of the morning. She enjoyed gardening and her pride and joy were her peach trees. Audrey loved to get involved in local politics and always had a comment about our national politics. Mornings started out with a cup of coffee and reading the Drudge Report. She would watch the various crime series on the Investigation Discovery Channel. She was a master “Googlier”... watching the Turner Movie Channel and googling what happened to all those actors or searching the internet for new recipes or cleaning tips for the household. She loved to cook and bake... her homemade cookies, rum balls, pierogies, pizzelles and French puffs were enjoyed by all. She also loved the thrill of thrift store shopping as well as getting her weekly Aldi’s flyer and watching the daily QVC lunchtime specials. She enjoyed feeding the birds, squirrels and her ground hog. But she especially loved her cats, Salt, Pepper and her late cat, Tiger and her beloved dogs, the late Capt. Smokey Joe and Chipper. She loved her grand dogs too, Snowball, Kokomo Joe Chuck Tanner and Ollie as well as the late Max and Zoe. Audrey lived for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her grand dogs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humane Animal Rescue, 1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 13 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, 1225 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA 15136. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. at St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks. Our mother’s passing leaves an immense void in our tight-knit family. She was desperately loved by us all and will be dearly missed. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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