Thelma Yambao Yoder

September 14, 1953January 9, 2019
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THELMA YAMBAO YODER, age 65 of Coral Springs and Punta Gorda, Florida died on Wednesday January 9, 2019. She is survived by her loving husband Melvin, brothers Jose Yambao, Willie Yambao and Rolando Yambao, sisters Mely Puma, Pacita Yambao, Lorna (Beng) Yambao and Rosalinda Esquerra, along with several loving nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may gather at the KRAEER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs, Florida for a memorial gathering on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 4 to 8 PM., Memorial Mass will be said on 1 PM., Friday, January 25, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1401 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, Florida.


  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Friday, January 25, 2019

Thelma Yambao Yoder

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Christian Valdecanas

January 28, 2019

I was so saddened to hear Ate Thelma's passing. I can still remember the day we first met at the catholic church in Maryville, Illinois. She was holding back her tears in her eyes upon seeing me and I found out that she just lost her beloved son. I was holding back my tears too since I can't imagine losing an only child. She had helped me in many ways and I am always grateful for that. I visited her in Florida. We were happy to see each other. I didn't know that it would be the last. I will truly miss her. Rest in Peace.

Paul Dumont

January 26, 2019

I was so saddened to hear of Thelma’s passing today. What a wonderful person with great wit and an awesome sense of humor. thoughts and prayers are with you, my friend....

Talia Pike

January 25, 2019

Auntie, I miss you so very much. You will forever be in my heart. I know one day we will be together again. I will cherish all of the wonderful memories we made. Thank you for all of the love you gave me, lessons you taught me and for always taking care of me. Until we meet again...Love, your niece Tal

Juliet Harris

January 19, 2019

To my dearest Sis. Thelma, The legacy that will remain in my heart, is your kindness, generosity and having a good heart. You are always thinking of others instead of thinking of yourself. I love you and I will missed dearly. May you rest in peace my dear sister. You are at peace now and you are in the hands of GOD...

Jean Littlejohn

January 19, 2019

The most ❤loving caring, selfless, generous cousin. You settled,an inspirations to the families, for your unfailing support and the love you given. God made a way for me, to see you on Christmas day (never thought of, it was the last time) . You will be forever miss, and keep you love and tucked in our. Hearts.💕. Rest in Peace, beloved cousin. Love Jean

Donna Huxstep

January 18, 2019

I will miss you my sweet, beautiful neighbor. RIP

Linda Lucas

January 18, 2019

Thelma was a beautiful lady inside and out. I never saw Thelma without that gorgeous smile. She always had a way to make everyone feel good, even when they were having a bad day. Mel, I am so sorry for your loss! Sending prayers and hugs,

Leslie Manalili-Tago

January 18, 2019

" You are just an ordinary Friend that soon they'll forget.
They'll may not be bothered by your presence.…nor by your absence.
But to your Family,Siblings and Friends.…They will keep you FOREVER..…"

From your Ka-Sitio at Sta.Cruz,Lubao,especially we,Manalili Siblings.…extending our deep sympathy for the loss of Ate Thelma.

Ate Thelma will be missed by many who loved her,missed by those people whom she helped a lot.
Our Prayers and Sympathy to the Whole Family.….… m(__)m

Pacita Yambao

January 17, 2019

Pacita Yambao

January 17, 2019



To Thelma Yambao Yoder, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Thelma, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Thelma really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Thelma was born on September 14, 1953 at At her home in Sta Cruz, Lubao, Pampanga, Philippines. Her parents were Arsenio Yambao and Beatriz Lingad. Thelma was raised in Sta Cruz, Philippines. Even as a child, Thelma had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly.

      Always a good playmate, Thelma was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was. Thelma was raised with 11 brothers and sisters. She had Clarita, Dolores, Jose, Ricky, Mely, Rolondo, Ester, Bheng, Willy, Sai and Rose.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Thelma very easy to approach. On June 25, 1983 Thelma exchanged wedding vows with Melvin John Yoder III at St Gabriel Catholic Church of Indianapolis, Indiana. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Thelma related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own son. Thelma was blessed with 1 son, Christopher John (CJ) - deceased. Thelma had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with him, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Thelma's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining him with fun and creative play. In fact, Thelma had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Thelma was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Thelma liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Thelma was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Thelma's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Thelma as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was Dental School Equipment Assistant and Restaurant Manager. She was employed for Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis, In and McDonald's.

      Thelma enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were fishing and Zumba. Thelma was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Thelma had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Thelma's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged.

Throughout her life, Thelma never forgot where she came from, the help received from other family members and the struggles of day to day life in the Philippines. With many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews in the Philippines, she strove to do what she could to help improve their lives through simple things like clothing and food, to sending several of them through school.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Thelma recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of Mother of Perpetual Help in Maryville, Illinois for 13 years, San Antonio Church in Port Charlotte, Florida for 9 years and St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Coral Springs, Florida. During that time, she was member of the Women's Altar Society and Eucharistic Ministry.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Thelma just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Trip to Italy visiting Rome, Florence and Venice and Cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

      Thelma was a lover of animals and cherished her pet, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Thelma's favorites was Snowy, a black pound rescue mix of Lab and Retriever. They were best friends for 16 years.

      Thelma believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2010, Thelma took it in stride as one more way to have fun. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Thelma remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in staying active in church, fishing and crabbing, traveling and Zumba. Even in retirement, Thelma continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Thelma passed away on January 9, 2019 at Vitas Hospice at North Broward Hospital in Pompano Beach, Florida. Thelma fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her husband, sisters Mely, Bheng, Sai and Rose and her brothers Jose, Rolondo and Willy. Services were held at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Coral Springs, Florida. Thelma was laid to rest in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

      Thelma brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Thelma Yambao Yoder lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.