FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood is mourning the loss of Jessica Yorkovich, 26, who died last Friday, August 2, at Hackensack University Medical Center after a long illness. Jessica was diagnosed to have a rare blood disorder (Diamond Blackfan Anemia) early in her childhood. 

Jessica was born in Plainfield on Jan. 26, 1993, and grew up in Fanwood. She graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and earned her degree in architecture from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She loved traveling and enjoyed studying abroad in Italy for two semesters while at Marywood. One of her furniture designs was recognized as one of the top ten in the class of 2017 and put on display for the school. 

Jessica will be remembered for her avid love of animals. She enjoyed taking horseback riding lessons in Watchung  and loved dogs -- and was always seeking the next dog to adopt into the family. 

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She is survived by her mother, Peggy Sommerich Yorkovich; her brothers, Alexander and Benjamin; aunts and uncles, Nancy, Bob, Donna, Gloria, Lori, Julie, Wayne and Bruce; and cousins, Michael, James, Thomas, Robert, Evan, Kelly, Julia and Caroline. She was predeceased by her father, William “Ron” Yorkovich, who died in January. 

A private interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. According to Memorial Funeral Home, donations may be made to DBA Foundation, PO Box 1092, West Seneca, NY 14224.