Pius William Yorio

Pius Yorio - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation
Penfield, NY:  On September 5, 2019, the Angels said, “Welcome aboard!” as Pius often said whenever he met someone new.  Born March 2, 1931, in Corning, New York, Pius is survived by his wife, best friend and biggest fan Tanis along with his children, Jeff (Shaun) Yorio of Spencerport, Anne (Brian) Hagan of Rush, Joan (John) Daley of Chili, Janice Yorio of Fort Mill, SC, and Christine Ann Schmitt of Pittsford; grandchildren, Tempest, Maverick and Avalon Yorio, Meaghan (Arun) Beden, John LaRocca, Jr., Jeremiah and Elisabeth Daley, Spencer Gardner; great-grandchildren, Liam, Charlie and Ellie Jane Beden; brother, Francis (Eleanor) Yorio of Charlotte, NC; mother-in-law, Judith Lockwood of Spencerport, sister-in-law, Tara Wilder, and brother-in-law, Troy Shaver (both of Ithaca); many, many nieces, nephews and devoted friends.  He is predeceased by his parents (Pius and Anna), brothers (Anthony and Joseph), sisters (Catherine Marmuscak and Helen Woeppel) and former wife Dorothy Yorio.  
A retired podiatrist, he was one of the podiatry pioneers in the Rochester area and started the podiatry clinic at the Bath VA Medical Center in the 1970s and remained there for over 50 years.  Pius truly cared for all those around him and lent a helping hand wherever he could, including through volunteer work such as Habitat For Humanity and Foodlink.  He welcomed home improvement projects from family and friends and loved gardening and working/sitting outdoors in the sunshine.  Pius was always up for an adventure (including ziplining), and with Tanis they traveled to 22 states in their time together.  He looked forward to hunting season, but it was the camaraderie with friends and family he enjoyed more than bringing home a deer.  He started each day with a morning jog, McDonald’s coffee and a trip to the library where he read The Wall Street Journal in its entirety before returning home to watch “Gunsmoke”.  Pius ran each year in the Lilac Festival 5K/10K into his mid-80s and came in first place in his age group more often than not; and, when he crossed the Finish Line, he was always smiling and never appeared winded (amazing!).  He loved to dance and listen to music, had a clever wit and sage wisdom he shared with those around him.  He read about astrophysics for ‘fun’ because he was truly fascinated with the science and how the universe really works.  Now he’s among the stars and finding the answers to all of his questions.  He proudly stood up for what he believed in and took the high road in life…a trait to be admired.  Pius had beautiful blue eyes, a youthful soul, boundless energy and left us much too soon.  He was one-of-a-kind, an absolute treasure and will forever remain so in our hearts.   
A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date.  Donations in his memory may be made to the Open Door Mission or to the charity of your choice.  

15 Condolences

  1. Linda Levandowski on September 8, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Tanis. I knew Pius as a client in our office and he was always such a gentlemen and a joy to deal with. He was always smiling and happy! I hope your wonderful memories will help you in the difficult days ahead. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  2. Daniel Schultz on September 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Beth and I want to offer our sincere condolences, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Pius truly was “One Of A Kind” a true gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor. We especially enjoyed the day we spent together when you visited us in Lititz, A good time was had by all. I hope all your pleasant memories help to comfort you during this difficult time. ❤️

    • Lori and Craig Augustyn on September 8, 2019 at 11:13 pm

      Oh Tanis! Our hearts break as we heard this news and I was so blessed to meet Pius when he visited your office one day full of smiles and joyous conversation. You are in our prayers and we hope that your memories, family and friends will give you the positive support you need to navigate your challenges of going on without him. Please know we are here if there is any way we can support you! You are such a blessing.

    • Elizabeth Packer on September 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      I worked with Dr. Yorio for two years in the podiatry clinic at the Bath VA. He taught me so much over those two years and was a great friend. He is definitely one of a kind and will truly be missed.

  3. Jim & Debbie Yorio on September 8, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    What a wonderful obituary for a wonderful man! Uncle Pius will truly be missed here on earth, but Heaven has a new, bright star! Love, Jim & Debbie Yorio

  4. She Mangefrida Beck on September 9, 2019 at 9:12 am

    The FHS Class of 77 wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to our classmate, Jeff, and his family, on the passing of his father. We will keep you all in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers during this sad time.

  5. Lynn Bisha on September 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Pius was a valued member of our “Over 35” Penfield softball team, and was still playing into his eighties. Always cheerful and smiling, he was a great asset to our team. Many conversations at Don’s Original, after the games were always enjoyed with wit and humor. He will surely be missed and remembered.

    Lynn Bisha

  6. Barry & Ellen Buffan on September 9, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Our condolences to Pius’s Family. His wit & welcoming nature will be remembered. On one warm December day, we were Christmas 🎄 tree hunting at a local tree farm & here comes Pius in shorts & tree saw to help us out. When we commented @ the shorts, he quickly retorted that he always wears shorts on sunny days.

    Thank you Pius for the time we knew you!

    Ellen & Barry Buffan

  7. Kim Mutkoski on September 9, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I remember playing softball with him and great conversations!

  8. Peg Oliveri on September 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Tanis, I have no words. Know you are in my thoughts. Keep your memories close❤️
    With a warm hug,
    Peg Oliveri

  9. Patti Woeppel on September 10, 2019 at 8:37 am

    This wonderful, remarkable man, was “Uncle Pius” to me. Over the years, his visits brought smiles and laughs to all that were in his presence. Uncle Pius was always generous with his time, knowledge and sage advice, a truly selfless individual. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. My sincere condolences to Tanis, Ann, Joan, Janice and Jeff, for their loss.
    Patti Woeppel

  10. JoAnn Klos on September 10, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Tanis, I am truly sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Heather Bennett Costanza on September 10, 2019 at 9:30 am

    What a beautiful and accurate account of the Pius I knew. He was a dear and loving friend to me for several years and taught me so much – most of all how to love myself. I have never known anyone else with such a joyous spirit and kindness to others. I will always cherish the memories I have of him – his eyes, his smile, his energy, his devotion to family……. and most of all his charming wit and humor.
    May his family be warmed and comforted by the words of his friends at this time, and by the peace of knowing he is rejoined in Heaven with those he loved and lost before him.

  12. Daughter on September 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Reading these condolences here and the emails received warms my heart! My dad was a true hero! Love him and miss him dearly. I just really enjoy reading what everyone else says about him. He made me the strong person I am now. It wasn’t always easy, lol, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Thanks to everyone for the nice remembrances of my dad!! I will cherish them now and always. He is a great Dad!!!!!

  13. Alan Lowne on September 26, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    So sorry for this sad news which we just found out. Our sincere condolences from the Saelig family.

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