Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 20, 2014

Sophia Yack

TRAVERSE CITY — Sophia Yack, 101, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her home. Sophia was born on April 4, 1913, in Buckley, to the late Bernard and Stella (Olszewski) Sarski.

She was married to Herbert G. Yack on Nov. 18, 1930, in Hannah. He predeceased her on July 26, 1979.

She had been employed with Traverse City Provision Company for over 18 years.

Sophia loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed crocheting and was a sharp euchre player. Sophia was very active in the Traverse City Senior Center.

Sophia is survived by a daughter, Arlene Yack; a son, Gary Yack; a brother, John (Faye) Sarski; grandchildren, Cynthia Howard, Scott Coates, Susan (Mike) Dost, Bob Yack, Tammy Yack, Cynthia Pelzilla, Garvin (Kelly) Yack and William Yack; great-grandchildren, Shane Wilkes, Brandon Wilkes and Magdalena Coates; and great-great-grandchildren, Autumn, Gabriel, Grace, Lilly, Amber and Luxi.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Robert H. Yack and Marvin G. Yack; grandson, Ronald Yack; a great-great-grandson, Elijah; four brothers, Alex, August, Barney and Norman; and five sisters, Esther, Helen, Frances, Agnes and Angeline.

Sophia’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staffs of Hospice of Michigan, including Betty, Edna, Jessica, Jackie, Laura and Kathy and at the Commission on Aging, Susan and Christine.

Friends are welcome to visit with Sophia’s family on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior to service. Pastor Ronald Folkersam will officiate.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Hospice of Michigan or Commission on Aging – Grand Traverse County.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Sophia’s family at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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