Janice Irene Yeater, age 89, passed away unexpectantly while on vacation in Boise, Idaho on Friday, June 18, 2021 after a life exceptionally well lived. The lifelong Ashland, Ohio resident was born May 17, 1932, to the late Howard and Helen (Gongwer) Hess. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert (Rosemary) Hess of Ashland and sister Marjorie Jean (Richard) Jordan of Columbus, Ohio and is survived by her brother Ronald Hess of Ashland and two sisters Shirley (Robert) Randall of Allentown, PA and Carol (Terry) Rogers of Ashland. She attended Ashland College and Kent State University after graduating in 1950 from Ashland High School. A faithful long-time member of Stone Lutheran Church, she served on the Altar Guild, as a Sunday School teacher and WELCA Treasurer. She served her community as chairman of the Hayesville Community Band calendar for 20 years. Janice married Gene Yeater, who survives, on August 31, 1952. During their near 69 years of marriage Janice was a faithful and devoted wife and Homemaker, always putting the needs of her family first. She is survived by her five children Dan (Karen) of London, Ohio, Janene of Ashland, Anita (Russ) Bauknecht of Bay Village, Barry (Melissa) of Grove City and Keith (Heidi) of Ashland; eleven grandchildren Ben (Alene) Yeater, Leigh (James) Counts; Brent (Amy) Bauknecht, Kristin Bauknecht, Michelle (Jeff) Mixter, Todd (Sidney) Bauknecht; Abby and Alyssa Yeater; Laura (Austin Poth), William and Sarah Yeater; and 14 great grandchildren Mark, Maria, Joshua, Nathan, Isaac and Sarah Bauknecht; Ashlyn, Lillian, Benjamin and Stratton Yeater; Evalene and Emmy Counts; Avery and Charlotte Mixter. Janice loved being outdoors on her trusty John Deere mowing yards and gardening as well as cross stitching and traveling with her family and husband, having visited all 50 states during her lifetime. Family will receive friends on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 9:30am – 11:00am at Stone Lutheran Church 940 CR 1754, Ashland, Ohio 44805. A Celebration of life service will take place at 11:00 am Friday at the church with Pastor Miguel Acosta officiating. Interment will be in Miller Cemetery immediately following the service. Contributions may be made to the Gene and Janice Yeater Scholarship Fund c/o the Ashland County Community Foundation (www.ashlandforgood.org), 300 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805 or Stone Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements handled by Fickes Funeral Home, 84 North High Street, Jeromesville, OH 44840.
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