Kathryn Yakovich, loving mother, sister, Teta, grandma and longtime Aberdeen resident, passed away Feb. 5, 2020, at the age of 92. Mom was born into a large and close-knit family in Crosby, Minnesota. When she was a young girl, her family moved to the farm on the East Hoquiam Road. Sundays on the farm were for big family get-togethers and great-grandma expected everyone to come.
Her brother introduced her to our dad, a Croatian family friend, and she fell head over heels in love. They were married in 1947. Mom told Dad before they were married that she wanted six kids and she had six diamonds set into his wedding band as a reminder.
She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic church and enjoyed her time in St. Aurilla’s Guild. She helped her sister, Vi Brown, establish the Feed the Hungry program and volunteered there for many years.
She and her sisters and their families enjoyed spending time at Black Lake in the summers. She loved to travel with Dad and her sisters and later with her daughters. She was always ready for a new adventure. Mom loved to have all the family at her house for all of the holidays. We have great memories of lots of competitive games and noisy fun.
When she finally decided she was old enough to go to the Senior Center in her late 80s, she found a whole new group of friends that enjoyed playing pinochle as much as she did! She would call to tell us about her winnings and the fun she was having.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gene and son Gene Jr. Her surviving family members, who will miss her dearly, are Paulette Jacobson (Tom), Jeanie Yakovich, Rosemary McCartney (Doug), George Yakovich (Connie), Matt Yakovich, and Paul Yakovich. And numerous grand and great-grand children. Catholic Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. with reception to follow at St. Mary’s, 306 East Third Street.