John “Jay” Rupert, age 32, died unexpectedly of natural causes at Corry Memorial Hospital, Corry, Pa on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. At the time he was living in Spartansburg with his significant other, Jesse Ford. Except for the past five years, he resided in Cambridge Springs and attended school there.

Rupert, John He was born on February 15, 1980 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of William Rupert and Mary Weber Rupert Yatsko. He was employed at several different work places throughout the years located in the Erie and Cambridge Springs areas. Some years ago, Jay was involved with the Cambridge Springs wrestling program as well as at Northwestern Elementary School in Albion which he enjoyed very much. He also enjoyed all of the main spectator sports. Jay was gifted as an artist using paint and pen to convey his emotions.

Jay is survived by Jesse Ford, his close companion with whom he made his home in Spartansburg and her two daughters – Jayde and Skyler; his mother – Mary Yatsko and his step father – William Yatsko, both of Cambridge Springs; his father – William Rupert of Albion; his paternal grandmother – Thelma Rupert; a brother – William Rupert, Jr. of Cambridge Springs; a sister – Teri Rinehardt of Albion; two step sisters – Melissa Boyce and Michelle Yatsko both of North Carolina; and four nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Sunday from 7-9 and on Monday from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m. Funeral services will begin at the Funeral Home at 2:30. Reverend Rod Beardsley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Cambridge Springs, will officiate. Interment will be in Venango Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be given to the family % Mary Yatsko, 121 Kearney Avenue, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403.