Therese Yackshaw

September 11, 1968June 5, 2013

Therese (Tess) Yackshaw, age 44, passed away unexpectedly in Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Tess was born September 11, 1968, in Cleveland, OH, and was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. Tess moved to Orlando, FL before settling in Jacksonville as a Yoga Teacher, Thai Massage Therapist, and Professional Bodyworker. Tess loved to help people with their life every day and reminded them to live their dreams. Tess’ love extended to stray animals, giving them a loving home and a second chance.

Survivors include her 11 siblings, Matthew (Kathryn); Jean Anne Strebinger (Richard); Jane Loisdaughter (Paul Dixey); Martha Lois; Keith (Marla); Mary Hagenbaugh (John); Helen Conger (David); John (Jennifer); Ann Margaret; Agnes; Catherine (William Norton); and many nieces and nephews. Tess was preceded in death by her parents, Lois Marie Lynch and Robert Richard Yackshaw.

Family and friends can gather to celebrate Tess’ life in Cleveland, OH or Jacksonville, FL. The Cleveland service will be on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Manor House at Case Western Reserve University’s Squire Valleevue Farm, 37125 Fairmont Blvd, Hunting Valley, OH 44022. The family will receive friends starting at 11 a.m., with a service at 1 p.m., followed by a light lunch. The Jacksonville service will be on Saturday, August 10, 2013 starting at 9 a.m. at Jacksonville Beach. Meet in front of the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard facility, 2 Ocean Front North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Tess by donating to the Jacksonville Humane Society or a local animal rescue or shelter of your choice.


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January 10, 2014

Hey Girl;
I am missing you, and wish we could talk, you would be so proud of DJ! Just saying and JR is doing great in school but eating me out of house and home. Your sister Cate sent me an awesome calendar with pictures of us and you. Now I can start each day with your smiling face. I miss you my friend!


October 9, 2013

Hey, girl. I wish we could go for one of our walks right now. It's chilly and dark, just before the sky turns that amazing blue. You always knew how to take the sting out of my crazy and I could use that wisdom now. This past Sunday i went back to class witb Brenda. The same place where you introduced me to Brenda and Yoga, saving my sanity. What there is of it! Lol. Kathleen sold the house, so I can't go there any more, it's not "ours" any more. I have so little physical ways to remember you with, and the heart thing was never my strong point, so where do I go from here? I can't say goodbye to you, I can't hold on to this sadness. I feel you with me, telling me not to be sad, stupid, histrionic, or drag myself down. I know the "intelligent" answers, but my heart is still in kindergarten. Like I said, I wish we could go for one of our walks....

Kate Yackshaw

September 11, 2013

On your birthday, Tess, I wake up thinking of you, loving you, missing you, and so glad that you chose to fill your life with as much happiness, joy and peace as you possibly could. You are the very best sister in the whole wide world. I love you Tess!

Laurie Stacey

August 18, 2013

I knew Tess as my tenant for about 5 years. She always had a smile and positive words to say. Just being around her made me feel better about my self. She will be missed.


August 14, 2013

Meeting your family was so wonderful. Your past may have been hard to navigate, but what a great group to go through it with. You'd be so proud of JR. He's gotten so big. Spending time with him and Deborah put me at ease, as much as I could be that day, and having so many that loved you near made for a beautiful experience. Thank you for coming to see me before the memorial. I think that's what got me through. Don't forget to keep laughing, so I can find you when I get there. I'll shine my light so you can see me. I love you, my sister.


August 12, 2013

I'm sorry to have missed your celebration ceremony. You were a gift to all who knew you and all of us at RAM will miss you.
Skip the Balloon Guy

Deborah Toole

August 10, 2013

Tess; seeing your sisters today and friends you've talked about and DJ, they made you proud! Your sister Cate did a great celebration ceremony ..when your other sisters, and friends carve out a peace sign and a heart, she poured out your ashes spread out yellow rose petals, we raised our hands and set you free! Be free my sista, and show up sometime and let us feel your presents. Your laugh well forever live in my heart!

Carolyn Bassett

August 10, 2013

To my friend Tess. You taught me how to breathe. Your enthusiasm was infectious. The Professor, now known as Alfonzo, has been a refreshing addition to our family. I thought my cat was friendly but Alfonzo loves life as you did. Remembering you in Jacksonville today...

August 8, 2013

After attending the memorial last Saturday for Tess in such a very beautiful setting setting, and listening to the tributes from her many siblings and old friends, I think of her friends in Jacksonville. I don't know if any of you will read this but I would just like to say what lucky ducks you are that you knew her so well. I'm a cousin that's a bit older; I saw her last at a family reunion and did get to talk to Tess for about 10-15 minutes. My impression is that she was so enthused and looking forward to her life to unfold as she was planning it. Training to help people was her focus. I will always hold this memory of my beautiful cousin - so animated and loving life. Each of her friends must each have felt this enthusiasm and love that was such a huge part of her...passion for life. I think of Iggy Pop's song 'Lust for Life' and wonder if she liked it. Anyway, I'm glad to read your tributes of my cousin and learn more about what a lovely genuine person she was. My love and thoughts are with each of you during your service this Saturday in Jacksonville. Peace and Love. Catherine Wood

Deborah Toole

August 7, 2013

Tessie; I miss you everyday! The world is less exciting without animals miss you mostly Gilbert! I hope you visit, I have a friend working on a memorial chime to hang in my jasmine garden..I know you would love it!!