The Turasky family in Springfield started with Joseph Turasky, born in 1881 in Lithuania. He married Katherine Yakst, born in 1891 in Lithuania (daughter of Paul Yakst and Anna Jucevivius).
Joseph (Sr.) and Katherine had seven children: John Turasky, born in 1909 (wife Della), Joseph Turasky (Jr.), born in 1910 (wife Catherine “Cassie” Ambrose), and Agnes (husband Lindell Walthers), Helen (husband Ed Price), Charles (wife Louise), Betty (husband Joseph Fitzpatrick) and Frances Turasky (husband Joseph Dowd).
Joseph Turasky (Jr.)’s wife, Cassie Ambrose, born in Springfield in 1916, was the daughter of Antanas Brazas (Ambrose), born in Lithuania in 1880, and Victoria Stockus, born in Lithuania in 1882.
Joseph Jr. and Cassie had a son, Joseph, born in 1941. He married Carolyn Ann Mazzier in 1967. Joe and Carolyn have a son, Bradley Joseph Turasky, born in 1981. He married Dana Ervin in 2008.
Joe and Brad Turasky own and operate Y-T Packing and Turasky Meats, a Springfield family business founded by Joe’s father in 1949.