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Mary "LaVeda" L. Yaciw

August 14, 1924 ~ January 20, 2020 (age 95)

Life Story

Mary L. “LaVeda” Yaciw, 95, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 20, 2020, at Sprenger Healthcare in Mishawaka. Mary was born on August 14, 1924 in Mishawaka, one of 10 children born to Noble and Audrey (Neff) Slabaugh.  In addition to her parents, Mary’s husbands Noel Wolford and Michael “Mike” Yaciw, as well as nine brothers and sisters, Merle, Echo, Ruth, Dorothy, Esther, Billy, Patsy, Betty and James, preceded her in death.

Surviving are 9 children, Donna Anderson, Ross Wolford, Jane (David) Whiteman, Dale (Tina) Wolford, Brent Yaciw, Randy (Debra) Yaciw, Mitchel Yaciw, Belann (Ken) Bennett and Joe (Jennifer) Yaciw; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and great great great grandchildren survive as well.

Mary worked for the former Ball Band Corp. in Mishawka for 17 years. She enjoyed painting rocks, camping and fishing, especially at Cook Lake in Plymouth, IN with her family and grandchildren.  Mary was an animal lover and avid walker.

Per her wishes, cremation was chosen. Services and burial will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawka. Memorials may be given to Humane Society of St. Joseph Co.

Mary’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Sprenger Healthcare, Hellenic Senior Living and Elkhart Place for the love and support shown to our family.

Mary’s family has entrusted care and arrangements to Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart

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Burial at a later date.

Mishawaka Fairview Cemetery
1415 N. Main Street
Mishawaka, IN 46545

Cremation has been chosen

Altera Cremation Services
812 Baldwin St
Elkhart, IN 46514

Services at a Later Date


Humane Society of St. Joseph County
2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka IN 46545
Tel: 1-574-255-4726

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