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 was a long-time member of St. Vincent de Paul Lithuanian Catholic Church, serving as a trustee and a member of the church’s 50th anniversary Jubilee Committee in 1956. He also was a member of the choir that sang during the visit of Lithuania’s president in exile, Antanas Smetona, in 1941.
Joseph Jr. and Cassie had a son, Joseph, born in 1941, who served as an altar boy at St. Vincent’s, and has been an officer or generous supporter of Springfield’s Lithuanian-American Club since serving as one of its founders in 1988. Joe married Carolyn Ann Mazzier in 1967. They 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.