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Community remembers priest killed in crash
Remembered as caring man who was always laughing
Reported By: Deven Clarke
Written By: Marc Stempka
DUBOIS, Pa. -- Two church communities are mourning their priest after he was killed in a crash in Clearfield County.
Parishioners at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in Sykesville, Jefferson County, and Nativity of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church in DuBois, Clearfield County, are remembering Father Robert Yetsko, the man who led them at Mass.
State police said Yetsko, known as Father Bob, was killed Monday afternoon after losing control of his vehicle on Route 36 in Newburg, Clearfield County.
Metropolitan Archbishop of Pittsburgh William C. Skurla said Yetsko was a Franciscan priest from the Sacred Heart Province of the Third Order Regular from Loretto, Cambria County, and served with bi-ritual faculties in the Byzantine Church since 1984.
Yetsko was ordained a Franciscan priest more than 30 years ago and served in many parishes through the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy.
Parishioners on Tuesday said dealing with the loss of Yetsko is difficult, but many are taking solace in their faith and remembering the man they said was always laughing and caring.
Lucas Crawford, a deacon at Holy Trinity, said Yetsko was instrumental to him becoming ordained and that his legacy will live on for many years.
He encouraged me in my vocation, as soon as I was ordained, Crawford said. He grabbed me up right away and put me to service.
Skurla said the clergy, monastics and faithful of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh extended their sympathies to Yetskos religious community, his mother and family, as well as his parish families.
His interactions with the people that I've only met within the past year have been incredible, Crawford said. His gospel through his example has been very, very meaningful to the people here even though hes only been our pastor for one year.
Crawford said funeral arraignments were not yet complete for Yetsko.