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Eric William Young

March 3, 1994 ~ May 15, 2021 (age 27)


Eric William Young 27 of Jeannette died Saturday May 15, 2021 at home.  He was born March 3, 1994 in Jeannette a son of Donald W. Young and his girlfriend Shannon Raith of Jeannette and Crystal (Smith) Cruz and her boyfriend Ben Slater of Hunker.  He was employed by UNFI and was a member of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, FOE 844 and Polish Brotherhood of White Eagle.  He also loved the Pirates, dinosaurs and fishing.  Eric was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Arthur "Sonny" and Kim Smith and Paternal Great Grandfather Louis Busato.  In addition to his parents he is survived by his significant other Amanda Wightman, a baby on the way, a sister Alena, a brother Dakota Cruz, paternal grandmother Sally Young, maternal great grandmother Carol Martin and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Services and interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Mason-Gelder Funeral Home Inc. Jeannette, PA entrusted with arrangements.  To send online condolences visit

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