Evelyn J. Taracuk Yost

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YOST Evelyn J. Taracuk Yost, 86, formerly of Barberton, passed away at her residence in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Mrs. Yost was born Evelyn Haslett Jamison on April 5, 1926, in Cohoes, New York. After graduating from Cohoes High School she enrolled at New York Sate College for Teachers (now State University of New York), receiving a degree in business education in 1948. She spent the 1948-1949 school year teaching business at Schenevus High School, Schenevus, New York. Thereafter until 1951, she was a clerk-treasurer of the Colonie Central Schools Board of Education in Yew York state. For a period of time, she was also a secretary with the New York State Department of Commerce in Albany. She and her first husband, Walter Taracuk, whom she married August 19, 1949, moved to Barberton in 1951. From 1966 to 1968 she was a substitute teacher at Barberton High School and subsequently joined the full-time faculty as a business teacher, serving in that capacity from 1968 to 1986 and frequently winning praise from her vocational students for her caring and helpfulness. Beyond the classroom walls, Mrs. Yost was a founding member of the Crescent Club of Barberton, serving as vice president in 1959-1960 and president in 1960 and 1961. As a member of St. Andrew's Church she was active in the Vestry, Altar Guild and Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Elsewhere, she served as a trustee of the Barberton United Way and as a member of the Barberton Public Library Board of Directors. In 1967, she was one of the Ten Women of Achievement chosen by The Akron Beacon Journal. Among her other civic activities were service of the Children's Concert Society Board of Directors; and volunteer work with the Barberton Red Cross Bloodmobile and Barberton Citizens Hospital. She was active in the Barberton School System's Parent-Teacher Associations of Arnold Elementary, Highland Junior High and Barberton High School, the last of which she once served as president. She was active in the Barberton Chapter of American Field Service, and with her husband, Walter, in the 1980-1981 school year, hosted a student from Sweden, Carl Stenseke. She held memberships in several contract bridge clubs, bowling leagues and golf leagues. She was a member of the Firestone and Rawiga County Clubs. She was also a member of Phi Delta Sorority. Mrs. Yost's first husband, Walter Taracuk, died in 1995. Her second husband, Arnold Yost, whom she married in 1997, died in 2004. She leaves two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Krista Taracuk of Worthington, Ohio and Alan and Deborah Taracuk of Plymouth, Mich.; a daughter, Susan Brown of Canfield, Ohio; four grandchildren, Brad and Mark Taracuk and Catherine and William Brown; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be held Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 267 5th St., N.W., Barberton 44203, with The Rev. Dr. Michael Petrochuk officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends may call on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the CAMPFIELD-HICKMAN-COLLIER FUNERAL HOME, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203. The family asks that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Barberton Public Library, 602 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203, the Barberton All Sports Boosters, 585 Breiton Circle, Barberton 44203 or the donor's local .
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 16, 2013
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