September 23, 1937 – November 7, 2020
Born of humble beginnings in Paris France on September 23, 1937, David lived a life full of adventure, abundance, and a fierce love for his family.
His propensity to dream big dreams led him to the top of his class as a young student, to top honors in medical school, and then a residency in California where he met Dawn, the woman of his dreams, and married her in 1968.
After 3 years in Philadelphia, the two moved to the North Suburbs of Chicago where they raised their two children, Jason and Jennifer.
David steadily reached the top of his profession as the Director of Pathology at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines Illinois, where he served for 28 years.
Everyone who knew him was touched by his calming and uplifting presence.
David always knew how to make someone feel comfortable and respected while his beaming smile could always light up the room.
His fierce loyalty to his entire family serves as a beacon for those he leaves behind, a roadmap with which we will all use to remember what is most important in this life.
So as we celebrate his life and lay him to rest, let us all aspire to dream as David dreamed, and love as David loved.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
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November 20, 2020
Dave and I agree that David Yana was a very kind and considerate gentleman. We were happy to have known him if only for a brief time. We know the wonderful memories his grandchildren and Jennifer and Jason hold dear will give them joy as time passes.
November 19, 2020
Our journey in America began in the winter of 1992. Our family was blessed to have Dr. David & Donna Yana be our landlords. Dr. David knew that we are a struggling immigrant family and lowered the rent rate for us. As time went on, they would come to visit us for every holiday, every birthday. They always made sure we had a gift to open for Christmas. As a child, I did not comprehend how much of a fantastic impact this would have on my life. He would share amazing stories with us and teach us so many beautiful things. I remember he taught me the word Bookta (doll) in Surith (Assyrian), even though I am Assyrian, I had not known that word prior. I remember once I was with Nana Regina when she was reading my fortune, and he told me not to worry; I will be successful as long as I focus and stay in school.
I have so many stories; the list will never end.
I may have lost touch after we moved, but the beautiful memories and kindness of Dr. David have always been with me. I’m thankful and blessed. Truly.
May you rest in Paradise. Alaha Manikhlai.
With all my love,