In Memory Of

Dyckman, Julia who passed away on 10/24/2021 at the age of 75

Captain Julia Ann Yastishock Dyckman, USN (Ret) 75, of Harrisburg, PA, died peacefully Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Ecumenical Retirement Community. She was born February 5, 1946, in Pottsville, PA, to the late Theodore Yastishock and Mary Gogar Yastishock. She became a Registered Nurse after graduating from the St. Joseph's School of Nursing ('66) in Lancaster, PA, and later completed the Pediatric Nurse Associate Program at the University of Connecticut ('73). Julia earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Hartford ('73) and a Masters Public Health from the University of Hawaii ('77). She served in the United States Navy Nurse Corp from 1967-1993, where she deployed to Vietnam on the hospital ship USS Sanctuary (AH-17) from 1970-1971 and later deployed with Fleet Hospital 15 to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM during the Gulf War in 1991. She was an ardent advocate for military veterans' health and welfare. CAPT Dyckman was one of the highest-ranking female officers to testify in front of the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions to drive these causes. CAPT Dyckman was a true trailblazer for veterans and women in her time. While raising a family and attaining a senior officer rank, she used the opportunities available to get an education, pursue an advanced degree, and serve the nation through two wars. Julia had the uncommon ability to remain calm and steady during adversity, unwavering in her decisions, yet also seemed to carry a gentle demeanor, calming to others. She was a dedicated and loving mother and Baba (grandmother), who was always generous to others and continuously strived to help those less fortunate. She also enjoyed traveling the country and world, always making sure to stop in at the local churches and shrines of the region. Whether living in a bunk at sea or a tent in the desert, Julia was guided by her faith. It was everything to her and shaped how she raised her children focused on Christ, and spent her last moments peacefully watching EWTN. She also enjoyed going out to dinner, making crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her son, Nicholas Dyckman, and her brothers Theodore J. Yastishock and Very Reverend Father Charles Yastishock. She is survived by her children: daughter, Julie Harr (Chris) of Harrisburg, PA; sons: CDR Theodore Dyckman (Leslie) USN of California, MD, CDR Damian Dyckman (Jessica), USNR, M.D., Ph.D. of Atlanta, GA, and CDR Joseph Dyckman (Tara), USN of Virginia Beach, VA; her three sisters: Mary Ann Kitzer (Roy) of Harrisburg, PA, Elizabeth Semanchik (John) of Pittsburgh, PA, Ann Marie Yastishock of Hanoi, Vietnam; her brother Daniel Yastishock of Harrisburg, PA; and eleven grandchildren: Mica Harr, Clare Harr, Emilie Harr, Samuel Dyckman, Theodore Dyckman, Melanie Dyckman, Katherine Dyckman, Grace Dyckman, Bridget Dyckman, Charles Dyckman, and Nicholas Dyckman; and eleven nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. A public viewing will be held at Neill Funeral Home, Harrisburg, on Wednesday, October 27, from 6-8 pm, with Parastas at 7:30 pm, and also a viewing at 9:30 am Thursday until the time of the service at the church. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Thursday, October 28, at St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church, Lower Paxton Township. Memorial Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, Mount St. Macrina, 500 West Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401; Holy Annunciation Monastery Byzantine Catholic Nuns, 403 W. County Rd., Sugarloaf, PA 18249; or St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church, 5408 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA