Steve Yurga of Clifton, NJ passed away peacefully in his home on August 15th at the age of 89. Steve was born to the late Steve Yurga and the late Helen Yurga (nee Aich) on January 4, 1931, in Garfield, NJ. Steve lived most of his life in Clifton, NJ and remained loyal to his alma mater, Clifton High School, and the Clifton Mustangs. Steve faithfully attended Mustangs sporting events including football, softball, and track & field for decades until health issues sidelined him.
After high school, Steve served in the US Air Force as an airplane mechanic during the Korean War from 1948 to 1952. After completing his service, Steve completed a degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ. Steve then joined the family business, Parkway Iron and Metal, in Clifton, NJ., where he worked for several years before transitioning into the auto repair industry.
Steve was a loyal parishioner of The Most Holy Name of Jesus National Catholic Parish in Passaic, NJ. He cherished his fellow parishioners, whom he considered his dear friends, and enjoyed spending time with them both in and out of church.
Steve was pre-deceased by his only brother, Ronald Yurga. Steve is survived by his two sons, Steve Yurga of Las Vegas, NV and Paul Yurga and his wife Victoria of Mesa, AZ. Steve is also survived by his devoted caregiver, Lorraine Heywood, who provided care and companionship to Steve for the past 2 years.
For those wishing to make a donation in Steve’s memory, the family recommends the charities listed below:
The Most Holy Name of Jesus Parrish, 107 Fourth St, Passaic, NJ 07055
American Diabetes Association - www.diabetes.org
Diabetes Research Institute - www.diabetesresearch.org
American Heart Association - www.heart.org
Interment with a Graveside Service will be held on Thursday August 20 at 11:30 am at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, 255 Main Avenue (at Delawanna Avenue), Clifton. Please meet at the cemetery entrance at 11:15 am. Arrangements through Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton.
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