Theresa Yeakel

Obituary of Theresa Yeakel

Theresa Genevieve Correll Yeakel, of Imlay City, MI, and formerly of Mount Joy, PA, was peacefully called back to her heavenly family early on Saturday morning, June 3, 2017, while at a local hospital in Lapeer, MI, after a long illness.  She was 89.

Theresa was the beloved wife of Allen Egger Yeakel, MD.  They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 22, 2016.

Born and raised in Tamaqua, PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles Roy and Anna Bell Correll and one of eight children. She was a graduate of St. Jerome’s High School in Tamaqua.

Theresa followed her older sister to the Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) School of Nursing where she earned her nursing cap in 1950. While working at PGH, she met a handsome young doctor named Allen who was a house officer at PGH. They soon married and moved to Bechtelsville, PA, where Theresa helped Allen in his general medical practice for the next seven years as his nurse, while also caring for a growing family. The Yeakels then spent two years in Bryn Mawr, while Allen completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

In the following years, Theresa supported her husband’s work in academic medicine, raised two sons and two daughters, and oversaw a menagerie of house pets and barn animals. Her home cooking was bountiful and relished by family and friends.  She gathered only the finest ingredients from local shops and farms if not her own garden.  Her cooking and baking were widely known and took prizes in country fairs.  Her blue- ribbon cinnamon buns were legendary!

Theresa took great joy in taking a house and making it a home. The family lived in several locations but she had a talent for creating a home wherever they went as well as a garden. Theresa was known to relocate Amish farm soil from Pennsylvania to help grow the largest tomatoes known! Theresa filled her home with music, art, and candy dishes. She devoted her life to serving several generations of her family in her roles as a wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Her devotion extended to her pets as well and a cat could be made to feel like royalty. It filled her heart to share her love and her home with family and friends.

She is dearly missed by her loving husband, Allen; four children: Jesse (Claudia) Yeakel of Richmond, TX, Christopher (Margaret) Yeakel of Columbia, SC, Laura Yeakel Rickman of Dryden, MI, and Anna (Steven) Campbell of Minturn, CO; six grandchildren: Joshua (Maci Flanigan) Yeakel of Denton, TX, David Yeakel of Irving, TX, Anna (Stephen) Yeakel Lewis of Irving, TX, Sarah Yeakel of Rochester, MN, Charles A Rickman IV of Dryden, MI, and William Alec Campbell of Minturn, CO; three great-grandchildren: Kylee, Ethan, and Camryn Yeakel of Denton, TX; and her brother, Donald (Nancy) Correll of New Ringold, PA. In addition, she is survived by her adored Ragdoll cat, Alena, as well as a barnyard cat, Milo, who will both sorely miss her too.

Services and interment in a family cemetery will be scheduled at a later date at Hosensack Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Zionsville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made online to her favorite charity, Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, SD, www.redcloudschool.org/page.aspx?pid=290. Or, you may call Father George Winzenburg, SJ. at 605-867-1105.