John Lapkowicz

John Alexander "Yank" Lapkowicz

Sunday, April 5th, 1942 - Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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John “Yank” Alexander Lapkowicz
April 5, 1942 ~ December 28, 2019 (age 77)
John Alexander Lapkowicz, of Carnegie, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the age of 77.
John was born on April 5, 1942 in McKeeesport, Pennsylvania, the oldest of 2 children born to the late Anthony Lapkowicz and Mary Felegy.
He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Linda Miller Lapkowicz, his cherished daughter Cara Lapkowicz, and beloved sister Gloria Kromke (Ron). John also leaves behind 3 stepchildren: Leslie Colaizzi (Henry), Elizabeth Frederickson (Alan), and John Walz (Kate); 10 grandchildren: Andrew Slivka, Ellise Colaizzi, Meagan White, Michael Colaizzi, Nicholas Colaizzi, Ella Frederickson, Maia Frederickson, Lydia Walz, Avery Walz and Nathan Walz; and 2 great grandchildren: Ava White and Jackson Bissett and by his cousins, nieces and nephews.
John grew up with a love of the outdoors and became an avid fisherman and hunter. He looked forward to spending time with family and friends at his beloved “Yankee Pines Camp”, the Moose, his many camping trips to Canada and wherever there was good fishing to be found! A lover of animals, boating, classical music and good red wine, John was a true friend to all he met. With his infectious sense of humor and wit, John was the life of the party and was always ready with an entertaining story to share and a funny joke to lift your spirits.
John’s 10 grandchildren were a priority in his life. He cherished them all and was a very proud Grandpa, or “Jaju” to the kids. He made every effort to be there for each of them, they could always count on Jaju, whether it was a ride to school, a pep talk when they were blue, or a good time when they were bored. He enjoyed teaching them his love of the to fish, how to hunt and boat, and most importantly, how to have fun.
Dancing with his wife, singing opera around the house, and making a darn good plate of spaghetti were just some of his many other talents. He is gone too soon and will be missed beyond measure but John is forever in our hearts. We are blessed with many memories to cherish always … and we all have a special “Yank” moment that makes us smile.
Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER, 2630 W. Liberty Avenue, 15216, Dormont, (412) 531-4000. Family and friends are welcome Friday, January 3, 2020, 11 AM to 3 PM with memorial service to follow. Please view and add tributes at

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Beinhauer - Dormont
    2630 West Liberty Avenue
    PITTSBURGH, PA 15216
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  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 3:00pm
    Beinhauer - Dormont
    2630 West Liberty Avenue
    PITTSBURGH, PA 15216
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Patricia Ferricks

Posted at 06:24pm
Our family isn't blood related to John, but it never felt that way....The way John would greet everyone with the best Polish hugs, share his timeless stories around a campfire followed by his infectious and unforgettable laugh, teach us countless tips on how to fish...he made everyone feel like family! He will be missed and his stories will be carried on around many more campfires to come. Much love to Linda and family! xoxo Daryl, Trish, Jessica and Jason

linda miller lapkowicz Posted at 09:46am

thank you for those kind and loving words.

Lydia Eve

Posted at 10:02pm
You don’t realize how valuable pictures are until pictures are all you have of someone. Death brings so much regret. And time, that I wish I’d given more of. So busy with your own life that you forget to slow down and just make memories with the people you love. I lost a friend. My fishing buddy. The person who sat with me to take my hunters safety course. The person who ate the WORST smelling cheese and claimed it was the best thing on this planet lol. We lost a big part of our family. My heart hurts. We needed you, but the big man needed you more..

Robert L Carrell

Posted at 11:42am
My condolences to Linda and Cara and other family members at the loss of John. May he rest in peace.

R. L. Carrell M.D.

Patti and Teagan Mulligan

Posted at 08:16pm
We're so sorry for your loss and send our love to you all.
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Alaina Kelly Murphy

Posted at 11:32am
Most of the time I called my cousin Johnny besides Yank. One of my all time favorite memories of Johnny/Yank was when Uncle Tony and Aunt Mary took him to look at a car, I believe it was early 60's when this was. He was given the keys to go for a test ride and asked if I wanted to go. I'd follow my cousin Johnny and Gloria anywhere. Him and I got in the car as we headed down the road he was smiling from ear to ear and said "yahoo". He then said Alaina.. look in the glove compartment for me.. well it was locked. He then took the key out of the ignition and handed it to me, here try this. As a little kid, I was shocked that you could be driving down the road and do that. It was always exciting to see my cousin Johnny as times we would go to Renzie Park.
You will be sorely missed my cousin, as you always brought such light to a room. I hope the Creator deems you as one of my angels. I am sure you are blessed with angels guiding you to the kingdom of heaven. Love you always.. Alaina

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