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Stephanie (Buczek) YeagerJuly 23, 1930 ~ October 16, 2017 (age 87)
Stephanie Yeager, 87 Stephanie Buczek Yeager, age 87, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, October 16, 2017, in Asheville, NC. She was born to the late Emilia Szkolut Buczek and Paul Buczek in Rutland, Vermont on July 23, 1930.
Stephanie grew up on her father’s farm with two sisters in Poultney, VT. She attended Poultney High School and graduated as valedictorian of her class. Following high school, she graduated from Becker Junior College and began working at GE as an executive assistant. She met the love of her life, LeRoy J. Yeager, a Lehigh graduate and young GE engineer at a party near Lake George in NY. Stephanie and Roy married in 1957 in Schenectady, NY.
Stephanie raised three children and moved with Roy’s jobs to Erie, PA; Bartlesville, OK; Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Cleveland, OH and Houston, TX. In all locations, Stephanie was active as a golf player and a PGA volunteer score keeper, garden club member, PEO member and officer, and as a volunteer at community organizations and churches. She also enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, crocheting, and tending to her many thriving plants. Stephanie and Roy retired in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, and were very active members of the congregation at St. Peter’s by the Sea Presbyterian Church in Palos Verdes, CA.
Upon Roy’s death in 2011, Stephanie moved to the Deerfield Retirement Community in Asheville, NC, to be near her youngest daughter, Nancy, and her three grandchildren. Stephanie enjoyed many close friendships at Deerfield and was active in editing the community’s newspaper, working on flower arrangements, attending local symphony concerts and meeting with her Tuesday night girls group for drinks.
Stephanie was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, and younger sister, Val. She is survived by her three children, David Yeager, Sandy Yeager, Nancy Yeager and son-in-law, Bill Kimmel, by her sister, Jean Bytner, and by six grandchildren, Nicole, Stephen and Ryan Yeager and Olivia, Michael and Josie Sutter.
A memorial service will be held at the St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield Retirement Community, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803 for friends and family on Friday, November 17, 2017, at 2pm with a reception to follow. In December, a private service for family and close friends will be held in Palos Verdes, CA.