OBITUARY

Gerald F Yeager

July 10, 1929January 2, 2019
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Gerald F. Yeager (“Jerry”) of Largo, Florida, formerly a longtime resident of Roslyn, Pennsylvania, left to be with the Lord on January 2, 2019.

Please scroll down to view Jerry's Biography and poem.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Jo Yeager, Wife
  • Dave (Sandy) Yeager, Son
  • Jan (Don) Kucerik, Daughter
  • Nancy (Jack) Roehrig, Daughter
  • Gail (Rick) Greene, Daughter
  • Barb (Dan) Karschner, Daughter
  • Bill Berry, Brother
  • Bob (Betsy) Springer, Brother
  • Mr. Yeager is also survived by his 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, January 14, 2019
REMEMBERING

Gerald F Yeager

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Susan Jabbour McMichael

January 8, 2019

What a great memory that I have of visiting with the Yeager family in Roslyn during the summer! I was an only girl with five brothers so I was sent by Greyhound bus from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia several different summers to visit with my girl cousins. Jerry was my cousin but was closer to my father in age, mannerisms and looks. Oh what fun we had! He will be sorely missed, as was Mary Jo.

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Biography

Gerald F. Yeager (“Jerry”) of Largo, Florida, formerly a longtime resident of Roslyn, Pennsylvania, left to be with the Lord on January 2, 2019. He was 89. Born in Rices Landing, Pennsylvania, to Laurette Berry, he was married to Mary Jo Yeager for 54 years before she passed away in 2005. They had five children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Yeager graduated from Charleroi High School in 1947. After high school, he studied business at Penn State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree; he was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He worked in retail management until he retired in 1991, having served Penn Fruit and Acme supermarkets in the Philadelphia area. He was also a captain in the United States Air Force Reserves. After retiring and moving to Florida, Jerry volunteered for “Meals on Wheels” and served the community in other ways, including completing tax returns for senior citizens. He traveled extensively during his retirement years. He also was an avid reader and enjoyed collecting old books. In his later years, he especially enjoyed playing bridge and did so regularly. Jerry was a member of Oakhurst United Methodist Church.

Mr. Yeager is survived by his cherished family which includes his son, Dave Yeager (Sandy) of Lititz, Pennsylvania; daughter, Jan Kucerik (Don) of Seminole, Florida; daughter, Nancy Roehrig (Jack) of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina; daughter, Gail Greene (Rick) of Land ‘O Lakes, Florida; daughter, Barb Karschner (Dan) of Pataskala, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his brother, Bill Berry of Boynton Beach, Florida; and his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Betsy Springer of Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2019 at Oakhurst United Methodist Church in Seminole, Florida, and 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Abington Presbyterian Church in Abington, Pennsylvania. Jerry will rest next to his loving wife at Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn, Pennsylvania.

Contributions in honor of Mr. Yeager’s life may be made to Suncoast Hospice of Empath Health (www.suncoasthospice.org) 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, Florida 33760.

Rosebuds

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…”
He quoted to me one fine day
Just as I was contemplating
His 70th birthday.

We sit in a field, my thoughts and me,
Rosebuds perched upon my knee.
When I think about all he has done,
Abundance is what I see.

A garden planted, nourished and fed,
Joyful flowers put to bed,
A harvest of plenty assembled with care
This patient gardener has led.

He nurtures the seeds as they grow,
Cultivates them with what he knows.
Adds a bit of steadfast care
And a family he does sow.

A gardener, a father, and so much more,
Verse and knowledge he doth store.
They foster the wisdom we seek from him
He is our father, our granddad, our core.

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…”
He quoted to me one fine day
Just as I sought a way to say
Happy 70th birthday.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.