2017-04-20 / Obituaries

Brett J. Yardley

Longtime Houghton Lake Sewer Authority supervisor Brett J. Yardley, 66, Prudenville, died April 12, 2017, at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the Houghton-Higgins Lake Elks Lodge Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Houghton Lake Pub­lic Library. Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel, handled arrange­ments.

He was born July 9, 1950, in Munis­ing, to John and Clara (Vadnais) Yardley. He grew up in Munising and graduated from Munising High School. He re­ceived his bachelor’s degree from Cen­tral Michigan University. On Sept. 25, 2000, in Las Vegas, NV, he and Barbara S. Lacey Gielincki were united in mar­riage.

Mr. Yardley worked as the supervisor for the Houghton Lake Sewer Authority for more than 30 years before his retire­ment. He was a member of American Legion Post 245, Houghton-Higgins Lake Elks, Houghton Lake Eagles and Houghton Lake Moose. He was member of the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Catholic School Board of Education, Houghton Lake Improvement Board, Houghton Lake Sewer Authority Board and the Houghton Lake Library Board.

He was an avid cribbage player and enjoyed reading, playing golf, fishing and hunting. He loved to have company over and spend time with his family and friends.

His parents preceded him in death.

Surviving Mr. Yardley are his wife of more than 16 years, Barbara S Gielincki of Prudenville; three daughters, Anna (Mitch Blaszezcyk) Yardley of Mon­tana, Tessa (Tyson) Chaplin of Seattle, WA, and Erin (David Andre) Gielincki of Houghton Lake; three sons, John (Candice) Yardley of Mt. Pleasant, Aaron (Sidney) Yardley of Eugene, OR, and Christopher (Reagan) Gielincki of Wayland; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Lynn (James) Brud of AuTrain and Beth Grosman of Arizona; brother, Sherwood (Nancy) Savareid of Florida; first wife, Melanie Peterson, mother of John and Aaron; second wife, Jill Zofia, mother of Anna and Tessa; and several nieces and nephews.

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