Rita Yeates

Died: February 5, 2019
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Rita Bilsky Yeates, 84, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon, daughter, Lisa (Yeates) Lambe and parents, Leo and Wanda Bilsky. She is survived by her three children and son-in-law; Christian D. Yeates and wife, Laura B. Yeates, Orem, UT and children, Michelle, Monica, Aaron and Spencer, Matthew B. Yeates and wife, Karen W. Yeates, Mt. Pleasant, SC and children Matthew, Katie and Bradley, Valery (Yeates) Shaw and husband, Christopher Shaw, Saratoga Springs, UT and children Jared, Nicole, Benjamin and Daniel, son-in-law, John S. Lambe (Hilton Head, SC), and children Andrew (wife-Wanyi, daughter-Lisa), Erik and Kristen. Rita grew up in the part of Binghamton known as Polish Heaven. She was a retired reading teacher who attended Cortland State Teacher’s College and earned her master’s degree from Columbia University. Rita was a life-long learner who enjoyed discovering other cultures and traveled extensively with her parents (in earlier years), later with her husband, children/grandchildren. She was a member of the Polish National Catholic Church in her youth and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in her adult years, providing service to both congregations in several capacities. Throughout her adult life she volunteered in her community by participating as a board member for the Kopernick Society and Observatory as well as the American Civic Association, where she also taught a course in English as a second language. Rita was a member of the American Association of University Women as well as Lyceum. Recent summers for Rita have been spent teaching English in Poland at a camp for boys aged 16-18. She loved her Polish heritage, teaching, learning, international travel, and meeting people of various backgrounds to experience differing perspectives. Above all, Rita loved her family and spending time with them.
Funeral services will be held at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home this Friday evening from 7-8:30 pm and Saturday from 9:45-10:45 am with a service following at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy, in her memory can be made to Vestal Dollar for Scholars, Lisa Yeates Lambe Scholarship, PO Box 959, Vestal, NY 13851-0959.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Allen Memorial Home

Address:

511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Allen Memorial Home

Address:

511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Allen Memorial Home

Address:

511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760

Cemetery Information

Vestal Hills Memorial Park Cemetery

Address:

3997 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY, 13850

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MYRNA posted on 2/15/19

May good memories always be yours and I know there are many. Rita leaves a great legacy of service and love for all. She truly lived. May peace and comfort be yours knowing you will meet again. Until then may God bless each and everyone one of you.

 

Patricia Grosek posted on 2/14/19

Your mom was loved by countless people including me, She was full of love and grace. She will always be an example to all of us. Her smile would light up a room. Her kindness and love toward others was felt by all who came in contact with her. If we could take her example and add it to our lives, we would be better people in hundreds of ways . She was the best!

 

Jane Hales posted on 2/13/19

Dear Yeates Family, What an amazing woman Rita was. She could do everything from playing the organ to teaching to raising a wonderful family. Gordon was one of the first people we met moving to NY, and he and Rita welcomed us with open arms. We had many opportunities to serve in the church together. Our friendship has lasted over 50 years. Love and prayers and deepest sympathy from the Hales Family.

 

Edward McMahon posted on 2/12/19

What a wonderful, caring and giving woman. She was so concerned about building bridges between different cultures. She had a vast array of friends and most centrally she loved life and her family to the fullest. I will never forget visiting her just a few years ago at the summer camp in Poland in which she participated with such verve for several years. She has left a lasting mark on so many people. Her life was incredibly well-lived. Her legacy is secure. Rest in peace, Rita.

 

Gail, Tom & Victoria George posted on 2/12/19

To the entire Yeates family, We are sending much love and hugs. Rita was a great, accomplished, energetic, woman. See you soon.

 

Aleksandra Żuchowska posted on 2/12/19

Sincere condolences to the whole family.

 

Cynthia malinowski posted on 2/12/19

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Danelle Beagley posted on 2/12/19

She was such a treat to meet! I am so sorry for your loss Valerie and family.

 

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