Harriet A. ‘Toots’ Yaresh
Toots Yaresh completed her life here on earth November 18, 2014. As the bells rang, she was awarded her angel wings and was reunited with her beloved late, great husband, Edward “Big Ed.”
Edward preceded her in death in 1992.
Left to share in her memories are her devoted daughters, Jacki (Ken) Carpenter and Judy (Tim) Cieminski; her favorite son, Ed (Emilie); grandchildren, Vicki Metko, Stephanie Hooyman, Deanna Nickey, Carla Bodway, Timothy Cieminski, Josh Gillingham, James Gillingham, Kristin Munoz and Adam Yaresh; and a number of great-grandchildren, 17 and growing! Others missing her will be sisters Ellen (Jim) Laird and Susan Corcoran and brothers Ernie (Cathy), Harry (Sandie) and Jack (Kelly) Zillmer and Uncle Ray Bartel.
Auntie Toots will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She had many friends, which she has made wonderful memories with.
Toot’s BFF was her beautiful doggie Bitsy for the last five years. She loved and spoiled her little girl. Bitsy will be missing sitting on her Mama’s lap and giving her lots of kisses.
Her Mother Augusta and Father Harry Zillmer along with her brothers George and Howard and her sister in law Lucille preceded her in death.
Toots was a longtime resident of Pewaukee, baptized, confirmed and married at the old Pumpkin Hollow Church. She graduated from Pewaukee High School and later from the former MIT school, where she received her nursing license.
Her major title, or occupation, would probably be “caretaker,” as she enjoyed being compassionate, loving and nurturing be it to patients, friends, family and even strangers, and of course any animal that ever crossed her path. She always liked to be needed and given a purpose in life. With that came her crazy great sense of humor. Toots loved to see people happy.
Toots liked chocolate, angels, country music, chocolate, butterflies, a good party, hugs, ice cream, chocolate, reading, dogs and cats ... and did we mention chocolate? She also liked to give advice, whether you asked for it or not. She would always tell us to “Keep a smile on your face and your big mouth shut!” We must say she knew what she was talking about.
Mom and Dad loved camping in their Holiday Inn on wheels. Toots was a very active member of the Wisconsin Campers Association at the state level and locally with the Pewaukee Barrel Rollers for approximately 40 years. She was given awards for her articles in the Embers camping magazine, and also for her volunteering with the clubs. Toots was known for her Wize Wurds of Wizdum quotes by her camping friends.
Toots will be missed by many. Although our hearts are empty right now, we will fill them with many wonderful memories. Her family would like to thank everyone who sent thoughts and prayers her way.
As she would tell every one else, Come safe home Mom, ya? We love you!
Funeral services will be at 6:00 PM, Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Yonke and Son Funeral Home, 205 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until time of service at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Pewaukee.
Yonke and Son Funeral Home, 262-691-1900, is serving the family.
Don’t cry because it’s over — smile because it happened.