January 29, 1936 - January 3, 2022
Donald R. “Pete” Yadesky, age 85, of Lawrence Park Township, Erie, PA passed away peacefully on Monday, January 3, 2022, at Western Reserve Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center following a brief stay. He was born to the late Katherine Regis Yadeski and Andrew M. Yadeski.
Survivors include his twin sister Dorothy Pamula (Ben), sister-in-law Roseanne (James), his cousin Ronald Sommers (Marilyn) and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by brothers; Robert A. Yadeski (Ellen), James Yadeski (Roseanne) and sisters Frances Elmer (Chet), Kathleen Slater (Robert) and Emily Langer (Robert).
It was during a wintery storm that, Donald R. Yadesky was born on January 29, 1936, together with his twin sister in the early morning hours at their childhood home in Lawrence Park Township. Dr. Emerson, the town doctor, delivered his first set of twins! To family and friends, he was known as Pete and graduated from Lawrence Park High School in 1954, where he was chosen as the Prom King during his senior year. Pete went on to serve proudly in the United States Army and after an Honorable Discharge went to work for Hammermill Paper Company. He was then employed by General Electric Company for a lengthy time, subsequently retiring to pursue hobbies and personal interests during his golden years.
Pete was a generous uncle and enjoyed visiting with all his nieces and nephews. He was the fun-loving uncle that came to all the family celebrations presenting gifts, wearing his Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, bringing balloons, and Tootsie Pops to entertain the kids. His hobbies included listening to music, scrap booking, reading about and discussing the Civil War, and playing cards.
His real passion was gardening. An avid gardener, Pete enjoyed walking outdoors; as well as cultivating the soil, planting, growing, and harvesting from his backyard gardens. He planted and maintained numerous fruit trees, flowers, and vegetables. He was also a long-time supporter and member of the Lawrence Park Historical Society and an Antique Collectors’ Club.
A private viewing and memorial service for family members only will be held under the direction of Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd. The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to the Lawrence Park Historical Society.