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Lois Marie Yonker, 93, Ridgway


Lois Marie Yonker, age 93, of 231 High Ave, Ridgway, died at her home, early Thursday morning, May 9, 2024, on the Feast Day of the Ascension of the Lord.


Lois was born January 22, 1931 and raised in Johnsonburg, PA, the daughter of the late Francis and Rita McAlee Kelly. She attended the Rolfe School thru her sophomore year and graduated from Johnsonburg High School with the Class of 1949.


On June 13, 1953, at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, PA, she married Darrell Yonker. He preceded her in death on October 20, 2015. In the late 1950's, Darrell and Lois moved to Ridgway where they raised a family including three boys, two girls, and Lois's younger sister. Lois was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.


Lois was employed by Stackpole Carbon Co. before starting a family, and, in later years, prepared meals at the old County Home in St. Marys, PA for the Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels Program. She was a former den mother for the Cub Scouting program and thoroughly enjoyed attending every one of her children's Little League baseball games.


Children were a constant in her life whether taking care of her own or one of a friend or neighbor, and later, her own grandchildren. She was always happiest, and it made her Irish eyes smile, when there were children around.


Lois is survived by her children; William (Bill) (Karen) Yonker and Rita (John) Gardner, both of Ridgway, Mary (Mark) Wilson of Kane, and Thomas (Sandra) Yonker of St. Marys; grandchildren, Gregory, Jennifer, Leann, Beth, Tamaran, Karen, Aaron, Jackie, Jessica, Sean; great-grandchildren Natalie, Ryan, Eli, Robert, Liam, Isaiah, Gabriel, Sophia, Susan, David, Vincent, Kaiya, Hallie, Lily, Paisley; a sister, Kathleen (Francis) Griech of Ridgway, one niece, Tricia (Chris) Butynskyi of Macungie, PA and one nephew, Sean (Meghan) Griech of Alburtis, PA and great-nieces and nephews, Chase, Molly, Madelyn, Ashlyn, and Colin.


She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; one son, Robert Yonker, one grandson Eric Gardner, one great-grandson Justin Santana, and five brothers, William Kelly, Richard Kelly, Thomas Kelly, John Kelly and Christopher Kelly.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Lois M. Yonker will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 11:00 AM at St. Leo Catholic Church, 111 Depot Street, Ridgway. PA 15853, with Fr. Justin Pino officiating.


Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at St. Leo Church from 10:00 Am until the time of service.


Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Leo Catholic Church or St. Leo Catholic School,


111 Depot St., Ridgway, PA


Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

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