LAKE LEELANAU — Yvonne Marie Denoyer, 56, of Lake Leelanau, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, with her loving family by her side.
Yvonne was born on Nov. 19, 1956, in Traverse City, the daughter of Alfred and Rita (Couturier) Priest.
Von is remembered as a strong, selfless person with a deep faith and unwavering love for her family and her animals. She always had a genuine commitment to everything she did and found a way to achieve her goals.
The most important thing to Von was certainly the happiness of her family and friends. She lived with honesty and kindness and Von’s door was open to anyone for any reason. She was so giving of love. She always thought of others and would gladly go without if she could give you something you needed.
Von enjoyed being active with things from horseback riding to motorcycles, hunting, baseball and basketball. As a sophomore at Leland Public School, Von was determined to play ball even if it meant she was the only girl on the boys’ varsity baseball team. This translated directly from playing sports to coaching the youth of Leelanau County, including her daughters. She coached with fairness, understanding, and a love of the game.
She carried this commitment and determination to her true passion of refinishing furniture. She could always see the treasure hidden in the roughest piece of wood and turn it into a masterpiece. She enjoyed being able to share what she loved with others through her countless garage sales and eventually her dream coming true by opening Skyler’s Resale in Lake Leelanau with her son, Scott.
Von had a pure Catholic faith and believed we can get help from above. She used to say, “Just ask Him to help you.” This is evident in everything Von accomplished during her journey here on earth. She taught her kids “the footprints poem,” and her faith carried her through until the end.
It is easy to see the ripples that have been sent through the lives of so many. Yvonne Denoyer will be forever remembered by all those she touched in such a caring way.
Yvonne is survived by her children, Bradley (Tracy) Denoyer, Joshua (Janet) Denoyer, Kimberly (Mike) Gordon, Scott (Ashley) Denoyer, Tracy Denoyer, and John Denoyer; her canine companion, Syrus; 13 grandchildren; and siblings, Kenneth Priest, Sandra (Fred) Stasiukinas, Elaine (Richard) Bailey, Bert Priest, and John (Kathy) Priest.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Larry Priest.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary of the Assumption, Lake Leelanau, with visitation held one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Rev. Michael Janowski will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to Yvonne’s family, 4953 S. Green Court, Cedar, MI 49621.
Please share memories with Yvonne’s family at their online guestbook at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.