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WWII Vet Joseph Yakowicz Dead at 93

The Ridgewood resident served as a pilot in WWII for nearly five years

[Editor's Note: The following obituary was provided by .]

Joseph V. Yakowicz, 93, of Ridgewood, formerly of New Castle, PA, passed away Friday, December 16. 

Joseph served in the Army Air Corps during World War II for 4 ½ years, retiring as a Staff Sergeant Pilot (Glider). He pursued his undergraduate education at Illinois University and Penn State, received his Master’s Degree at Columbia University and his Doctorate in Economics at NYU. Joseph worked for many years as Senior Vice President Security Analyst for Moseley Hallgarten Estabrook & Weeden Holding Corp. in New York City and he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, especially visiting family in Romania and Poland.

A parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church in Ridgewood, Joseph was also a member of the Hobbyists, VFW, American Legion Post 53, Disabled American Veterans and the Polish American Club of North Jersey.

Predeceased by his son, George A. Yakowicz, Joseph is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Minerva A. Yakowicz, his loving children, William J. Yakowicz and wife Patricia A. and Joseph V. Yakowicz, Jr., and his cherished grandchildren, Nikka G. Kowidge and husband Tony, Anna J. Yakowicz, William R. Yakowicz, Joseph V. Yakowicz, III, and John Joseph Yakowicz. He is also survived by his sister, Loretta “Lori” Sullivan and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass was held at and the burial followed at in Ridgewood. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph’s memory to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 27106, New York, NY 10087-7106; http://www.mskcc.org/giving. Online guestbook available at www.feeneyfuneralhome.com.

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