Published in Post-Tribune on February 22, 2012
"Pete" "Lefty" 79, of La Porte, passed away peacefully
at 10:31 a.m., Monday, February 20, 2012 in IU Health La Porte Hospital.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the arrangements.
He was born June 1, 1932 in Swoyersville, PA to Panteley and Anna (Sulich)
Yakovetz. Mr. Yakovetz graduated from Portage High School in 1950, where
he was the pitcher for their baseball team.
Pete served in the US Army as a Sargent during Korea. He worked for the
Gary Park Department and as a manager for Western Cold Drawn Steel for
8 years. "Lefty" played "B" Team baseball for the
St. Louis Browns in Vincennes, IN.
Pete was a member of the American Legion and a former member of Faith
Baptist Church, La Porte. He was an avid woodworker, loved archery and
earned his brown belt in Karate.
On October 29, 1952 in Gary, IN he married M. "Bernie" Ligda,
who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Patricia (Don) Smith of
Hobart and Stephanie (Glenn) Hammond of Portage; five grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren; one sister, Tillie Mezyllo of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael A. Yakovetz;
one brother, William Yakovetz and one sister, Mary Dodd.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday,
February 23, 2012 at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson
Road, La Porte (219) 362-3100 with Rev. Jack M. Cox officiating.
Full military honors will be conducted following the services. A visitation
will be held from 4 p.m. until time of service, Thursday at the funeral
home. Cremation will take place.