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Elizabeth J. Yost

11/25/1941 - 08/01/2021
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Elizabeth J. Yost, 79, died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family at Country Villa Assisted Living Sunday morning August 1, 2021.

Betty was born November 25, 1941, in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Margaret (Deetz) and Galen Unser. Betty was the sixth addition to a rambunctious loving family. She grew up in Winneconne, WI developing her love of music, playing the piano and clarinet. Betty also loved sports and athletic competition, playing half-court basketball in high school. She graduated from Winneconne High School May 29, 1959. During the summer of her senior year, Betty met the man she spent the rest of her life with. John entered Betty’s life with the help of her best friend going home early, enabling John to offer a beautiful young woman a ride home from his baseball game. From that day forward, she and John’s family grew to six children, thirteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren - and it is still growing.

John G. Yost and Elizabeth J. Unser were married November 7, 1959, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Winneconne, Wisconsin. They began farming together at John’s parent’s homestead. After the birth of their first three children, Gail, Laura, and Thomas, John and Betty continued forging their own path and bought the farm adjacent to John’s parents. This remains their home to this day. Three more children came along soon after, Nancy, Joan, and John, III. What a busy household.

Through the years, Betty, always a loving mom, pursued interests in bowling, golf, sewing, reading, and softball. She especially enjoyed playing and then coaching softball. Many a weekend the family spent cheering on mom and her teams at tournaments – too many trophies over the years to count.

Betty was deeply committed to the care and service of the community around her. Mom’s compassion was immense. Always inquisitive, she was a passionate elementary school librarian at H.B. Patch Elementary School. During this time, mom attended the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh attaining a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Life then took her to a librarian position at Oshkosh Correctional Institution. Mom’s service there resulted in her receiving the Barbara Bush Outstanding Humanitarian Award for her work in developing programs for inmate’s families to connect through reading. Mom was a long-standing member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Omro, WI. She was a member of the Wisconsin Teachers Retirement Association. Mom will be dearly missed.

Those Betty leaves behind to cherish her memory include her loving husband, John; her children, Gail (Dan) Hannahs, Laura (Jim) Abraham, Thomas Yost (Jenny), Nancy Yost, Joan (Mark) Radue, and John (Jennifer) Yost, III; her grandchildren, Shannah Hannahs, Quinn (Chantel) Abraham, Alyssa Abraham (Tyler), Tiffany (TJ) Mlodzik, Dawn (Keith) Baas, Stephanie Yost, Marlee Yost-Wolff, Calvin Yost-Wolff, Spencer Yost-Wolff, Ryan Radue (Breanna), Abby (Derek) Ashman, Alexander (Jazmin) Yost, and Ian Yost; her great-grandchildren, Wyatt Mlodzik, Isla Mlodzik, Connor Martin, Camden Baas, Hayden Abraham, and Jack Abraham; a brother, David Unser; her sisters-in-law, Sara Unser, Rita Unser, Mary Unser, Marlene Yost, and Gertrude Schiller; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Galen and Margaret Unser; her siblings, Rosemary (Robert) Davis, William Unser, Kathy (Alvin) Sodermark, Richard Unser, and Joseph Unser; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Charles (Dorothy, Florence) Yost, Marciel (Joseph) Fucik, Clarence Yost, Geraldine Basler, and Rudolph Schiller.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, August 8, 2021, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne, where the Rosary will be prayed at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, August 9 from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church 730 Madison Ave. Omro. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Fr. Joe Mattern and Deacon Paul Vidmar officiating. Burial will follow in the Winneconne Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Betty’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Org. There will be a tribute page for mom where you can make a donation in mom’s name. The physical address for mailing donations to Alzheimer’s Association is: The National Processing Center, Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington DC, 20090-6011

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

The family is eternally grateful for the support, love, compassionate care, and “family” that Betty experienced at Country Villa Assisted Living as well as from Heartland Hospice. Betty’s end of life journey was beautiful and made possible by so many special people. Thank you.  

Amy Peters wrote on August 12, 2021
Nancy, Joan, Marlee, Calvin, Spencer, Ryan and Abby I am so sorry to hear of your mom and grandmother's passing. She was a special lady and will be missed by all who knew her. I enjoyed every timeI had the pleasure of her company. My sincerest sympathy to all of you at this time of sadness. Love, Amy

Mary (Yost) Koelbl wrote on August 6, 2021
I was sorry to hear that Betty passed. There are many good memories from the Yost farm. Our prayers for Betty, John, and their family. Mary and Norm Koelbl

Debbie Coats wrote on August 6, 2021
Sending my sincere condolences to the entire Yost family. My special memories of Betty include the days of playing softball with her on the Judd’s Gas House Gang team. Man, could she hit a softball! We played together in league and tournaments. The team brought home dozens and dozens of trophies! Betty was also my children’s librarian and shared her love of reading with them. One particular coaching memory that stands out is how she took it upon herself to coach my oldest daughter in the basics of throwing a softball in elementary school so my daughter could earn the Presidential Fitness Award. My daughter finally earned the award with Betty’s help. Betty was a very special teacher and friend. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. ??

Matt Lensmire and Pat Novacheck wrote on August 4, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Betty. We have always enjoyed our visits to the farm and the warmth she extended. You are all in our thoughts. Matt and Pat

Nancy Siebecker wrote on August 4, 2021
Dear Betty's Loving Family, How well I remember Betty's ubiquitous smile and talent in all sports when we were in the same class at Winneconne High School. Betty was unfailingly positive, energetic and uncommonly "adult" during our teenage years. If one needed advice, Betty was already ready to listen and offer practical suggestions. How fortunate all of you six children are to have had the fortune of Betty Unser Yost as your Mother. Blessings, Nancy (Farry) Siebecker Nancysiebecker@gmail.com

Tim and Barb Huth wrote on August 4, 2021
Dear John Sr and family, Tim and I are sorry to hear of Betty's passing but know she is in a better place. Even as you mourn her loss, you all can remember the good times had by all. We celebrate a life well lived. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Michael F Yost wrote on August 4, 2021
I will cherish the memories of my time with Betty and John always.

Dan & Barb Davis wrote on August 3, 2021
Our heartfelt prayers to the Yost family. What an amazing woman Betty was & you have so many wonderful memories.

Janice Rotter (Hinz) Classmate of Betty's. wrote on August 3, 2021
I am so very sorry to learn of Betty's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with John and family at this time. I remember fondly of the great times we had with Betty way back in the days of grade/high school. Lots of good memories to reflect back on.

Nancy Muma wrote on August 3, 2021
My deepest sympathies and prayers for the family. From a friend of Nancy Yost.