In Memory of




April 22, 2009 - April 24, 2009

John Michael Yurkewicz, peacefully went home to be with our generous Lord, Jesus Christ on Thursday April 24, 2009 at St. Vincent Health Center.
Though John Michael was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder affecting the 18th Chromosome, his parents, Stephen R., Sr. and Susan D. Wingerter Yurkewicz welcomed the blessing he was, acknowledging that every life is precious.

John Michael amazed everyone during his short life by drawing an entire community together and gifting all who knew of his existence with a sense of the profound dignity of life. He has left a deep impact of his tiny footprints on the hearts of his four brothers, Isaac, Stephen Jr., Samuel, and Jamie as well as his two sisters, Lily and Susie. John Michael's grandparents, Steve and Marlene Yurkewicz and Ann Wingerter have loved this precious baby throughout his entire 36 1/2 weeks of pregnancy and two whole days of life. He is greatly loved and cherished by many aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather James Wingerter.
 John Michael rests in Calvary Cemetery.



Not knowing the little guy, I did my best to make a page that would bring warmth and love to all who view it.  My heart goes out to all his family. John Michael will always have a place at Life Ever After.
Please send your thoughts and comments to  Memories
Maggie Harrison


April 22 - 24, 2015

Its chilly out this morning and raining. Its a Wednesday and everyone goes on with their life just like any other day.
To your family and people that had the pleasure to know you, this day is a reminder of the day you were born and the two days that you were here.


 Jesus said the bring the little children unto me. He alone knew what was in store for you in your life here on Earth and God chose to bring you back home to Heaven. Comfort we all share is the belief that one day we will see you again.



April 22, 2014
You are 5 years old today. Five years since you brought joy to your parents and family, but pain and sorrow  because of your short time here on Earth. Most 5 year olds are excited to go to Pre School and Kindergarten. Most 5 year olds have their life to learn their lessons here on Earth before ascending to Heaven.

You are already there. I pray that your family understands that just because they can't SEE you that you are not with them. You are watching over them and one day they will see you again. Keep a spot open for me as well.    



Feb. 14, 2014



from your family


4/22/13 - 4/24/ 13
Reminding everyone of the month of John's birth and death. Celebrate the love the family shared for him and each other.


Wishing you a

from all of us

December 2010
Wishing  a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  Please remember our loved ones during this holiday season.



Dearest Friends in Christ,

I want to share my sorrow in the loss of your precious little angel. A dear mutual friend, Stacey DeStefano, has shared your story with me and I have been praying for you all. Although we may never meet here on this earth, I know I will meet you both and little John Michael in Heaven.

May God Grant you all comfort at this time of loss.

God Bless you all
Brenda Scott
Cortland, OH

April 28, 2009
We haven't met, but I know someone in your family. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby boy. Just looking at his picture breaks my heart. Please try to stay strong for your other children and remember that God has promised that in due time every tear will be wiped away.
Ken W.
Erie, Pennsylvania

Dear Ann,
Once again your goodness and strength will be called upon
to comfort your family. Know that the prayers and love of your Villa sisters will uplift you through Christ's blessing.
 Louise Bachmaier, Erie, Pennsylvania

April 27, 2009
Steve, Susan, Isaac, Stevie, Lily, Susie, Sammy, and Jamie,
I am so sorry for your loss. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Rebecca Whitman
North East, Pennsylvania

Steve and family, our thoughts, prayers and love are with you in this difficult time.

May God comfort you in your time of need. My deepest sympathy.
Beth Bohun,
Erie, Pennsylvania

Susie and Steve are thoughts and prayers are with you on your loss.
Chris and Shannon Wingerter
Fairview, Pennsylvania
Dear Steve & family,
We are very sorry for your loss. No parent should have to bury their child.
We are sure little John is your special angel in heaven.
You have our sympathy and we will keep you in our prayers.
Del & Nancy Loringer,
Erie, Pennsylvania

Sue, Steve, and family,

Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your beautiful baby, John Michael. He was and always be a beautiful testimony of how precious life is. You are all in our prayers.
Julie and Tex Brieger,
Erie, Pennsylvania

April 27, 2009
Steve, Susan and all relatives,

Our deepest sympathy is offered to all of you with John's passing into eternal life.
In John's Gospel, Chapter 11, verses 25 and 26, we read:

"I am the resurrection and the life: whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."


May God continue to bless and watch over all of you during John's entrance into his eternal reward in heaven.

God Bless, Prayers, and Love,

Kathy, Chuck, Carl, Rob, and Nicole Adamczyk
Erie, Pennsylvania


May GOD'S loving and comforting hand touch you and your family at this time.
I wanted to extend my heart felt sympathy. God Bless.
Ken Tafelski,
Erie, Pennsylvania

From the nurses at St.Vincents, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief.
John Michael was a blessing and it was a pleasure to have met him. He will never be forgotten.
He touched the lives of all of us here who got to be blessed with his presence.

Susie, Steve and family,
My prayers are with you all and I know that your faith will see you through this difficult time.
 John Michael will live in our hearts and memories forever.
John Michael, may angel wings surround you always.
love and God, bless this family
Sally Furey,
Harborcreek, Pennsylvania

Susie and Steve,
Our deepest sympathy on the premature loss of your beloved son-John.
You and the family are in our prayers. Love, Uncle Dick & Aunt Joyce
Richard Wingerter
Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania 

ST.MARYS, Pennsylvania

Susie, Steve & family,

Words alone can't express how sorry we are for a loss that no parent should have to endure. We are thinking of you and find comfort in knowing that your loving family and community will help to get you through this difficult time.

Much Love,
Bill, Becky, Carson & Ryan

We send our deepest sympathies to you during this time of grief.
--Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matt 5.5)
Mark and Nancy Pelletier
Silver Spring, Maryland

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Eternal God, who sends consolation to all sorrowing hearts,
we turn to You for solace in this, our trying hour.
Though bowed in grief as our loved one departs from our midst to enter into peace of life eternal,
we reaffirm our faith in Your compassion and Your ever-present love.
May we bear our sorrow with trustful hearts,
and knowing You are near, may we not despair.
Into Your hands we commend the spirit of our beloved.
Body and soul are Yours, O God,
and in Your presence we cast off fear and are at peace.
"There is no death, what we call death.
Is but surcease from strife;
They do not die who we call dead,
They go from life ... to Life."

The Gray Family
Kevin, Joanna, Matthew, Michael and Megan
( from St Joe's)
~ Joanna and Kevin Gray, Erie, Pennsylvania

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Kevin & Sue, Erie, Pennsylvania

MACON, Georgia

Susie ,Steph and family,
Our thoughts and prayers have been and will be with you always.
John Michael, you truly are a miracle, as tiny as you are, you left a tremendous impact on this world. You will always be in our hearts.
God Bless and Love,
Noble and Melody Brown
Melody Brown, Erie, Pennsylvania

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