Yvonne Celina Misailedes

February 3, 1936October 31, 2018

Yvonne Celina Misailedes (nee Jacques), age 82 of Williamston, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2018. She was born in Hancock, Michigan on February 3, 1936 to Emery and Florence (Vaughn) Jacques. She grew up in her beloved Marquette, Michigan; attended Michigan State and graduated from Northern Michigan University. She worked as a teacher, advertising executive, Williamston Community Librarian, and legislative executive assistant to another yooper, Representative Dominic Jacobetti in the Michigan House of Representatives. She was a member of St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church for more than 40 years. Yvonne also enjoyed her membership in the Shagbark Questers chapter #999, and tutoring high school students in English and other subjects.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband Sam (1992), brother Emery Jacques Jr. (1989) and sister, Mercedes Kimling (2016). Yvonne loved music, reading, travel, and the lake. The loves of her life were her family; including her sister Daphne Hodder; daughters Celeste McMillian and Melanie Stover (Ken Leiter); her sons John and Mike (Nancy); her long-time partner David Hershberger; her amazing grandchildren Tony (Courtney), Travis, Logan, Jacob, Monica (Mike), Elena, Kristie, Lauren, Elijah, Ruth, Ezekiel, Faith and three great-grandchildren Jameson, Julius, and Arabella; her many beloved nieces and nephews as well as dear friends in the community. Visitation Thursday, November 8th 4-6 pm at Gorseline-Runciman Funeral Home, 205 East Middle Street, Williamston Michigan 48895. Memorial Service and interment Friday at St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church 4650 Meridian Road, Williamston, Michigan 49985 with visitation at 10:00 am, service at 11:00 am.


  • Williamston Library
  • Presque Isle Park


  • Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 9, 2018

Yvonne Celina Misailedes

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Kristen Kraft

March 19, 2019

To Dave and Yvonne's family:I have, unsuccessfully, tried to reach Yvonne via telephone for over a year. Unfortunately, I somehow missed her passing and am so mortified that I was not in attendance at her funeral. Yvonne was like a second mother to me, but more than that, she was a terrific mentor and an awesome friend. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Yvonne in the offices of both Representatives Dominic Jacobetti and Mike Prusi - and what fun we had. She was always willing to be in on the pulling one of our many office pranks, or the unfortunate butt of the joke. She always had a smile on her face and a cheery attitude. She acted years younger than her age, even though she always said, the Golden age, My a!... aging stinks! I have missed her relaying of life lessons, her sound counsel and the daily exchange. Wishing I had been there to properly remember her, but I will cherish the great times we had and always keep her lovingly in my heart..All my best to Dave and the rest of her family. She will be missed by many. Love, Krissy
Kristen Kraft, St Johns, Michigan

Ann Kolasa Zastrow

December 9, 2018

Dear Melanie and family,
May your mother's memory be a blessing. My deepest condolences for your loss.
Ann Zastrow

Joe Jacques

November 30, 2018

Aunt Yvonne was the sweetest of the three daughters of Emery and Florence Jacques. I can say that because I loved all three and even told the other two their youngest sister had the kindest heart. I was late to find that out. I started to realize it about 10 - 15 years ago during the couple of times my wife and I had Yvonne spend time with us at our Cadillac cottage as she made her way to or from her place at Bear Lake.
I remember once telling Yvonne how every time I see either of her sisters, they remark how much I looked like their brother Emery, my dad who died in 1989. In typical Yvonne fashion she just smiled, looked at me and separated herself from her sisters a bit by saying, "No, you're better looking!" Perfect Yvonne.
At her memorial service, I was looking at a fabulous picture of all three sisters and thinking how special they all are in their own way. Then I heard a voice from behind me that I did not recognize say "Those Jacques women were really something special." There was a comfort in hearing what I was thinking but it was also a bit jarring for me. I'm a Jacques man 60 years old who has only ever previously visualized Joanne, Denise and Aimee when hearing the term "Jacques women". "Oh yeah", I thought, "it also applies to Mercedes, Daphne and Yvonne". A late revelation for me but one that I will always cherish. Just like my Aunt Yvonne.

Lou Chappell

November 5, 2018

I wrote a long message. Went to correct spelling and the message went away. Is there a way for you to bring it back so the family can see it?

Thank you.

Lou Chappell

November 5, 2018

I did and it went away.