WILLARD Yolanda Yoli T. Vura was born March 14, 1925 in Wooster, Ohio, and was united with her Heavenly Father and Savior on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Upon her passing, Yoli was reunited with her beloved husband, Samuel Sam A. Vura, who preceded her to Heaven on February 18, 1993.
Yoli and Sam were first generation Americans who grew up during the Great Depression and World War II – events that helped to form their life core values of education, hard work, determination and persistence. Married on October 27, 1945, Yoli and Sam raised 10 children upon whom they instilled those values. After a significant number of her children had become teenagers, Yoli worked part time at a local department store. Later she graduated Cosmetology School and opened an in her home Beauty Salon from which she conducted business and made new friends for many years.
A devout Roman Catholic, Yoli was a lifelong member of Saint Mary s Parish in Wooster. She enjoyed singing with family and friends as a member of the church choir. In her beautiful alto voice, she sang praises to her Heavenly Father.
Yoli was preceded in death by her parents, Pasquale Charles Yankello and Catherine Chirillo Yankello; siblings, Leonora Iannarelli, Elvira Noletti, John Yankello, Adeline Vura, Mary Delmont and by her granddaughter, Bonnie Bauman.
She is survived by her children: Ron Vura and his wife, Susan, Catherine Burden, Sam Vura and his wife, Joyce, Ed Vura, Diane Vura, Tom Vura, Bob Vura and his wife, Julie, John Vura and his wife, Wendy, David Vura and his wife, Olga, Mary Devereaux and her husband, Bob. Surviving also are: 24 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.
Yoli is among the very last of the first generation Italians who predominantly grew up and lived their lives in Wooster s little Italy . Yoli and Sam faced and conquered adversity through hard work, determination and a firm faith in God. They had little but provided much.
A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. followed by visitation from 6-8:00 p.m. at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster with the Rev. Stephen Moran as the celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Lane, Sandusky, OH 44870 or the Alzheimers Assoc., 70 West Streetsboro St., Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Lane, Sandusky, OH 44870 or the Alzheimers Assoc., 70 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236
Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church 527 Beall Ave., Wooster
A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. and visition from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home