The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 17, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013


Ann Breit Yaeger

Ann Breit Yaeger, aged 84, formerly of Fairlea, W.Va., passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013, in Rosewood Village surrounded by love and family.

Ann had many life accomplishments and was a most proud RN graduate of the C&O School of Nursing, studied chemistry at WV Tech and did post-graduate work at the University of Virginia. Ann worked at the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in New Jersey and the Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, Va. She was also a fine homemaker for her family.

Predeceased by her parents, Ed and Glendyne Breit, and two sisters, Edna Virginia Breit and Martha Lou Crawford.

Ann is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. John Yaeger of Fairlea, daughters Joann Yaeger of Portsmouth, Va., Mary Yaeger (Dr. James Rhodes) of Suffolk, Va., Charlotte Yaeger Hawley (Michael Lee Hawley) of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Edward Breit (Norma) of Smoot, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews. Ann is also survived by two rescue Yorkies, Bentley and Thornton, who were dearly loved by Ann and were faithfully by her side when she passed away.

Ann had a fulfilled life being an accomplished cook, avid antiquarian, and a great lover of books. She enjoyed telling stories about growing up in her beloved native state of West Virginia and she had an exuberant spirit, loved lively music and still enjoyed dancing, especially with her son-in-law, Michael. She had the spirit of an artist and was a skilled builder of furniture and was proud of her mechanical mind that could fix anything from clocks to cars. Her husband, professed with no skill to “drive a nail,” admiringly nick-named her “Maintenance.” Animals loved her, she was the family “dog whisperer” and resident wrens at her home were known to light on her shoulder or to an outstretched finger. Ann’s legacy of kindness will live on and she will be deeply missed.

The family is deeply indebted to Ann’s extended family of Rosewood Village, whose love and care enhanced the final years of Ann’s life. In honor of Ann’s Rosewood friends, the family recommends in lieu of flowers that a bouquet be brought to a local facility where a resident’s day may be brightened or a donation be made in Ann's memory to a local Humane Society.

A private celebration of Ann’s life will be held at a later date.

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