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Christopher "Chris" Yatko, 51, Scranton, passed into Eternal Life in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore following a prolonged illness.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the elder of two sons to Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Carolyn (Dzanko) Yatko of Scranton.
Chris was a graduate of Scranton Prep, Boston University receiving a BS in Biology and received his MS from Northeastern University.
Until illness caused his early retirement, Christopher worked as a research scientist in Boston, MA and New Hope, PA.
As a Boy Scout, Chris attained the rank of Eagle Scout and became a Vigil Member in the Order of the Arrow.
In the Boston area, he enjoyed acting and was an amateur thespian in a Shakespeare theater group.
Chris is remembered as being a loving son, brother and uncle who for many years bore his own crosses in this life. From early childhood, he was afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis which would cause a host of other medical difficulties for him over the years.
Despite his disabilities, he was a man of determination who achieved much while accepting his limitations. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and love him.
Along with his parents, left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory are his brother David and his wife Elizabeth, and nieces Victoria, Elizabeth and Sadie.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6, at 1:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton.
Relatives and friends may join Christopher's family for visitation and remembrances at church Saturday from noon until time of services.
Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
The John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. of Wilkes-Barre are honored to care for Chris and his family at this time.