Wilma E Yahney


Wilma E. Yahney, age 93, passed away on Sunday April 9, 2017 at Genacross Lutheran Services of Napoleon. She was born on July 17, 1923 to William and Ethel (Creager) Hess. She graduated from Holgate High School and went to Fort Wayne Business School. During WWII, Wilma worked at the Lima Tank Company, where she serviced Jeeps for the war effort. She married Denver P. Yahney on November 10, 1949. Wilma was a legal secretary for many years, working for Meekison & Donovan Law Firm, Frost Insurance Co. and for attorney, Marlowe Witt. She was a longtime member of St. John Episcopal Church in Napoleon, where she served as the church treasurer for 20 years. She also taught Sunday School and assisted with Bible School. She was the clerk for the Village of Holgate until moving to Napoleon. and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Holgate. Wilma was an active volunteer with Henry County Hospital Auxiliary, working in the gift shop at Henry County Hospital and volunteering for the Red Cross, as well as RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Among her many interests, Wilma raised beautiful African violets, crocheted, loved reading, crossword puzzles, and was a great cook. She is survived by her children, Gordon (Suzi) Yahney of Roswell, New Mexico, and Elaine (Tom) Martinez of San Antonio, Texas; and grandchildren, Joel Martinez, Brent Yahney, Jon Paul Martinez, Brooke Yahney, Stephen Martinez, and Seth Martinez; 2 nieces and 1 nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, Denver Yahney who passed away in 1970; brother, William Hess; and sister, Virginia Osbourne. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 7pm to 9pm at Walker-Hoening Mortuary in Napoleon. Funeral Services will be held at Walker-Hoening Mortuary on Thursday, April 13 at 11am, Pastor Lee Genter officiating. Burial will follow at Hoy Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to St. John Episcopal Church, or to Henry County Hospital Foundation.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm

333 W Main St, Napoleon, OH, 43545

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11 a.m.

333 W Main St, Napoleon, OH, 43545

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Ken Burill

Deepest sympathy from Wilma's cousin Ken.

 Posted April 12, 2017 - 8:29am
Jill Sonick

Wilma is and will be so greatly missed by her St. John family. She served the Lord and the church well, touching many lives. The thought that Wilma is now pain free and at peace, spending time with her brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone before her, eases the sorrow of our loss. Thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones in their mourning.

 Posted April 12, 2017 - 1:35am
Jill Sonick

Wilma will be so very dearly missed by her St. John family. She served the Lord and the church well and touched so many lives. The knowledge that she is pain free now and sharing time with her brothers and sisters in Christ that have gone before her eases our loss. Thoughts and prayers for her loved ones as they mourn her passing.

 Posted April 12, 2017 - 1:31am

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