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Esther M. Yakelis

July 27, 1925 — January 12, 2017


Esther Mae (Borchert) 

91 years old, formerly of Stowe Township, PA, Esther passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 12th 2017, surrounded by her loving children and daughter-in-law Pam, at Kane Regional Nursing Home after  10 years of suffering with Alzheimer's.

Preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Anthony (Tiny), by her parents, Esther Borchert Lackey and John Borchert; her brothers Jack, Ted and Mike, her sisters, Violet, Virginia, Betty, Leona and Mona, her daughter-in-law Carolee.

Left to cherish her memory, her only surviving sibling James Borchert (Beverly) of Oil City, and  by her loving and devotedchildren, Daniel, Dennis, David (Pam), daughter Diana (Karl). She was extremely proud of all her grandchildren, Sean, Michelle, Kevin, Kelly, Karl, Brendan and Liana.  Due to her Alzheimer's she never had a chance to share her enormous love with her first great grandchild, Lilu Yakelis. She had many dear nieces and nephews, including a very special niece who was like a daughter to her, Ginger (George) Roden.

Esther moved from Oil City to Pittsburgh and started working in a box factory during World War II. Soon after, she  met Tiny and they married October 29, 1949.  She was a homemaker and loving mother until all her children became adults and married. She enjoyed bowling, reading , gardening and her indoor plants thrived under her green thumb. Throughout her life she showed tremendous strength, determination, independence , and generosity. She was always ready to help others. Family will receive friends 4:00-7:00 pm MONDAY at 

MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 1225 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks where a Blessing Service will be held at 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the Alzheimer's Association,   

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