Mary Lou Yeager

January 05, 1927 ‒ February 11, 2015

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Mary Lou Yeager spoke in the language of smiles. It was the prettiest thing she wore. Her countenance was a glimpse into the spirit of a social woman, who never complained, and had a beautiful outlook on life and those she loved.

Her smile turned celestial, as Mary Lou passed into the Lord’s presence Wednesday evening February 11, 2015 from Primrose Retirement Community. She was 88.

Born January 5, 1927 in Newark to Ralph and Louise (Harmon) Stowell, Mary Lou was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1944, and attended The Ohio State University.

She was working at Fanny Farmer’s when a recently discharged Navy veteran repeatedly bought rationed candy for a friend, and later sought her out at a Sr. High-Canton McKinley football game. That Navy vet, Donald Wayne Yeager, won her hand in marriage July 11, 1946.

Mary Lou stayed home to raise her children, relationships were vital to her. She maintained old high school friendships by establishing a bridge club that she helped host over 60 years. She added bridge meetings, weekly and semi-weekly, as she found more friends and opportunities to play cards, including the Ontario Senior Citizens Center and Mansfield Liederkranz.

Once the children were raised, Mary Lou served as an Associate with Lazarus, working nearly 20 years at the Richland Mall department store.

A member of Ontario United Methodist Church, she supported her congregation with faithful attendance in worship and church activities, and was so very fond of her church family.

She and Don were avid supporters of Ontario High School athletics and together enjoyed watching The Ohio State University Buckeyes and Cleveland professional teams.

Mary Lou submitted articles of local interest to the Tribune Courier and enjoyed journaling: she kept volumes and volumes of diaries – 65 years worth – chronicling the life of a woman who will be remembered for her honesty and her genuine smile.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years Don Yeager; their daughter and son-in-law Suzanne & Ronald Smith of Pinckney, MI; a daughter-in-law Laurie Yeager of North Fort Myers, FL; grandchildren Alyssa (fiancé Richard Nieves) Yeager and Kimberlee Yeager; and her church family.

She was preceded in death by her son Jeff Yeager.

A Celebration of Mary Lou’s life in the form of a worship service will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Noon in Ontario United Methodist Church 3540 Park Avenue West, with Pastor Peg Welch presiding. Friends may call on the Yeager family from 10:30 a.m. until time for the service. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Contributions in her memory to Ontario United Methodist Church, MedCentral Hospice, or American Brain Tumor Association may be made at the memorial service or sent to the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Yeager family.  Send them a message of support or sympathy and see Mary Lou’s tribute video at:

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. She was a fellow employee at Lazarus quite a few years ago. I will always remember her sweet smile and engaging personality.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. She will be with the Nikolaus family gatherings forever, if only in our memories. We will miss you greatly . My love and condolences go out to Don and family. Love always, Rosemary

  • We are so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of Mary Lou from the time Jeff and I were in school together throughout the rest of my life.
    Know that we will be unable to attend the service we will be there in spirit.
    Diana and Gary

  • Suzie, now I know where you got your gentle smile. Although I never met your Mom, I know that her spirit lives on in you. Sending blessings to you and Ron, and your entire family. Laurie

  • To Don, Suzie, Ron, and family: I send you my deepest condolences. Mary Lou was such a sweet friendly lady and I enjoyed my last couple visits with she and Don when I was in Mansfield. I hope the love and support of family and friends helps ease your pain as you say your goodbyes. I will not be able to attend the services but will have you in my heart and thoughts. Please take care now…

  • Dear Suzie, Ron and Don,
    Our Earth has lost a fine woman, but heaven has reclaimed an angel. We have sent love to you every day hoping to ease the journey. Let our love hold you tight in comfort and peace.

    Mary Lou, thank you for your gifts of grace and kindness. We live better lives because of the goodness you share.

    Till we meet again, love t,f,c,r&p

  • Dear Suzie,
    As I read about your Mom, I see so much of her in you… a woman of grace in so many ways. Holding you in my heart and in my thoughts.

    Take care,

  • Dear Don, Suzi and Ron,

    We will dearly miss the beautiful smiles of Mary Lou.

    She is still one very special lady and I know she and Mom are doing a lot of catching up!

    Our prayers are with you.


    Tom & Kitty

  • Dear Don, Suzie Ron, and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Mary Lou. She was a sweet lady that will be missed. Our sincere sympathy goes to all of you.
    Being in FL, we will not be able to attend her funeral. We will be with you in thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless, Harry and Charlene Frietchen

  • Don and Family, Gere and I are so sorry you have lost your wonderful wife, Mother, and Grandmother. What a gracious woman in whose life Christ
    shined so brightly! We will always treasure her memory as we love you both so very much. We regret that our presence in Florida makes it impossible to be with you.
    You have been and will continue in our prayers. Blake and Gere Waagner

  • Don and Family – we are so sorry to learn of the loss of your Wife and Mother. We pray for God’s Blessing on you all. We will be in Florida and regret that we won’t be able to attend the services.

    Love to you all,
    Dennis & Ruth

  • With as many people as I worked with over 30 years ago at Lazarus some people I will always remember. Mary Lou is one of them. I will keep her and her family in my prayers during this difficult time. I was to have blessed to have known and worked with her.

    Sincere condolences.

  • Our memories of Mary Lou center around the Nikolaus family gatherings as others have noted. Her smile was infectious and her love for other people was always apparent. She and Don have modeled love and commitment to one another and to their family through the years. Our love and prayers go out to Don and the family.

    Keith and Sharon Nikolaus

  • My deepest sympathy to Mr. Yeager and Susie. Mrs. Yeager was always so nice to talk to me when I ran into her out and about the community. She will really be missed. My best wishes to you both. Vickie

  • Dear Don,
    You and Mary Lou were special friends.We always enjoyed our visits and lunch with you when we came to visit from Florida,and the many years at Tappan and Lazarus.We’re looking forward to visiting you this summer.

  • Mary Lou’s passing has saddened the Tribune-Courier staff. From day one she has been a staunch supporter of the paper, along with her husband , Don. For many years Mary Lou wrote articles of human interest which touched the hearts of many readers. Frank & Betty Stumbo

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. It was an honor and privilege to have known Mrs Yeager for a short period of time.

    The staff of Care Companions of Ohio

  • Dear Suzie & Family,
    I am so sorry to have read of your Mom’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy and my prayers are with you.
    With Thoughts of You,

  • Dear Don, Suzie & Ron~ Your family is so very dear to all of us and my heart was filled with sadness when I heard the news of Mary Lou~we will miss knowing she is here on earth, but we also rejoice in knowing that Heaven received another angel…(I am hoping that she keeps an eye on Dad (Lowell) & Uncle Dave as I am sure they are quite mischievous up there!) Love and prayers~Mary & Jay Weiker & family

  • Don, Suzie, Ron and family,
    Mary Lou was an amazing beautiful lady inside and out. We are so blessed to have known her. We will miss her greatly. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. She was a very gracious lady, who always smiled and saw the best in everyone. We are so thankful we were able to visit with you all in October. May all your memories bring you peace and comfort. Will always think of her when we watch the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    Much love,
    Debbie and Dennis

  • To the Family : I am so sorry for your loss . Death is always a very hard thing to deal with . You’re in the prayers of many people .

  • Dear Suzie & Family,

    Suzie, I am sorry to here of your mother’s passing. May God comfort you and bring you peace. As I was reading the obituary, I can see that the qualities that made your mother special have been passed on in you. It is a very nice obituary and I am sure she would be very pleased. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.


  • Dear Suzie,

    should be “hear”- I am such an idiot sometimes LOL, but most people who know me already know that.

  • Dear Suzie and Ron,

    Pris and I were saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. We wish we could be there, but you will continue be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Rob & Pris

  • To Don, Susie & Ron: we share in your loss but are so honored to have had the privledge of getting to know your beautiful family. We send our sincere sympathies and wish you comfort in this time of grief. Your Primrose Family ❤️

  • Mary Lou has blessed my life with her joy and love during many family times through the Nikolaus family. Those memories will always have a special meaning for me. I am sending love and prayers to Don and family today, and know someday we will see her again.

    Bonnie Burns

  • Mary Lou blessed our family with her kind nature. We especially loved seeing her and Don at Grace and Eggs. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don and his family.
    In sympathy,
    The Toth Family

  • Don, Suzi and family,
    My heart goes out to you at this most difficult time. What a special person, relationship and connections we have with you. I loved coming to your house- Mary Lou made us feel so special- and we could see the love in your home. Thank you for your friendship with dad and mom. Always we will keep you close in our hearts-
    Love, Linda and family