June 10, 1954 – Thursday, February 5, 2015
Rockford Township Hall-rural Buffalo
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Nancy (Sjolin) Yonak, 60, lost her battle with cancer on February 5th and passed peacefully in her home. Nancy was a lifelong resident of Rockford where she was very active in her community. She attended Rockford schools, was a cheerleader, and Ms. Rockford 1971-72.
Nancy married her childhood sweetheart, Dennis Yonak, in 1975. Dennis and Nancy were first introduced at the young age of 5, when their parents became lifelong friends. This June would have been their 40th wedding anniversary.
Nancy leaves behind three children, Heather (Kelly) Tody, Bryan (Alexis) Yonak and Jennifer (Joe) Penney and seven grandchildren, Taylor, Shelby, Kai, Trey, Quinn, Liam and Sawyer. Nancy is survived by her mother, Vera (Mae) Sjolin, three siblings, Karen (Larry) Wronski, Ed (Val) Sjolin and Pat Sjolin and many aunts, uncles, cousins and an amazing group of friends. She is preceded in death by her father Robley (Bud) Sjolin.
Nancy was a longtime Rockford River Days committee member where she and Dennis organized the annual volleyball tournament since 1982. In addition, Nancy helped to establish many local volleyball leagues and tournaments. Nancy was an avid volleyball player and continued to play until her cancer diagnosis in June 2014.
Nancy provided childcare for 16 years at her in-home daycare. She later entered the medical supply field and most recently worked for Teleflex Medical in Plymouth. In addition, she also worked part time at Target to help support her and Dennis’ love of their annual vacations to Mexico with friends.
More than anything Nancy loved her large, close-knit family. The moments that made her the happiest were gatherings with family and friends, so in honor of Nancy please join us as we celebrate her life on Saturday, February 21st at Rockford Township Hall for an open house from 7pm-12am filled with family, great friends, music and laughter.