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St. Malachy Church
Wednesday September 13th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Interment following funeral service

St. Mary's Church
Thursday September 14th, 2017

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Audrey Yanke

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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Judy and Jill,
Please accept my sincere sympathies at this time of your dear Mother's passing. I met your Mother when I toured and eventually bought your Grandmother's home on Coraopolis Road. We would have these great conversations in the middle of Pat Catan's. She will be missed!

Don Mangel Sep 16 2017 12:00 AM

Awe, Jill, Judy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great person. She was always so nice to everybody! She was one lucky person to have such a great family like yours!

Magaret Vermeulen (Brady) Sep 12 2017 12:00 AM

Jill and Judy,
So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. With family and friends and the love and support of each other will hopefully get you through this difficult time. I know it is extremely hard to lose your mother, I miss mine everyday. Take care.

Judy McIntyre(Isenberg) Sep 12 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry about your loss. A beautiful person who I called Aunt. So shocking she will be missed. Love Lori

Lori Rudison-Border Sep 11 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Judy, Jill and Families,
Dave and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Audrey was a very special lady and a joy to work with. No matter how old we are, it is tough to become orphans. Your Mom will be with you in your hearts forever, smiling and pain free.
Dave and Mary Lou

Mary Lou Rattay Sep 11 2017 12:00 AM