Vito W. Yankus, 81


Shrewsbury – Vito W. “Bill” Yankus, 81, died Thursday March 31, 2011 in Knollwood Nursing Center in West Boylston.

He leaves his wife of 62 years, Leonora (Sebastyn) Yankus; two sons, Gary W. Yankus and his wife, Shirley, of Charlton and William L. Yankus of Farmington, Conn.; a daughter, Deborah J. Roy and her husband, Guy, of Rochdale, his sisters, Veronica McKenzie, Julia Howard and Mary O”Leary; five grandchildren, Kendra Daub, Guy Roy, Benjamin Yankus, William Yankus and Joseph Yankus; four great-grandchildren, Kelsie, Karlee, Katie and Brandon; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Leo and Maureen Yankus; a sister and brother-in-law, Mabel and Andrew Ustinovich; and brother-in-law, Rocky O”Leary.

Born and raised in Worcester, the son of the late Anthony and Veronica (Stanilonias) Jankus, he graduated from Classical High School and the New England School of Accounting.

Mr. Yurkus worked as an accountant and real estate broker for many years in the Worcester County area.

He enjoyed collecting things, including baseball cards, stamps, coins and all sorts of sports memorabilia. He loved watching the Red Sox and the Patriots and lived to see the elusive World Series victories the Sox fans thought may never come in their lifetime and that almost perfect season for the Patriots. His greatest passion was spending time with his family and supporting their many activities.

Funeral services were held April 4 from the Britton Funeral Home of Shrewsbury, with a funeral Mass celebrated in Saint Mary's Church of Shrewsbury and entombment at Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester. Memorial contribution may be made to UMass Hospice, 650 Lincoln St., Worcester, MA 01605. For online condolences, visit

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