Formerly of Belleville & Willis
At age 86 peacefully passed away at Story Point Retirement Community on May 6, 2019. Geraldine, (Jeri) was born August 6, 1932, in Milford, MI, the daughter of Agnes Olmsted and Wendell Brooks.
She was raised by her loving foster parents, Margaret and Cass Miles in White Cloud, MI, until the age of 8, and then returned to Detroit, MI to live with her birth mother.
After graduating from Eastern High School in Detroit, she attended St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing, where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1954. Jeri’s nursing career took her to Ridgewood Hospital-Ypsilanti, the V.A. Hospital in Ann Arbor, and eventually General Motors-Willow Run/Hydramatic in 1968, where she became an Occupational Nurse and applied her skills there helping and saving others until she retired in 2009 after 41 years of service.
Jeri married Joseph J. Yekulis Sr. in 1955, and together they raised three children: Joseph J. (Denise) Yekulis Jr., of Chelsea, Joanne (Greg) Moryc of Saline and John A. Yekulis of Chicago. She loved her family and cherished her seven grandchildren and their families: Melissa Yekulis, Megan (Trevin Antcliff) Moryc, Margaret (Chris) Yekulis-Mizzi, Amanda (Nate) Scheffler, Chelsea (Carl Pelofsky) Moryc, Lauren Yekulis and Alex Yekulis. She was also proud of her three great grandchildren, Iris Puerto, and Brooklyn and Bash Scheffler. Jeri’s niece, Jennifer was like a second daughter to her and her husband, Denny (Lauer) and their family were very special, as well as all of her extended cousins in the Tuttle, Olmsted, Taylor and Tucker Families. She also leaves behind her special friend from Story Point, Steve Clarkston; Ralph and Mary Ann Galvin from Tecumseh, and many others who loved her. Jeri also leaves behind her brother, Michael F. (Peng) Brooks of Mt. Clemens and was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Tuttle.
Jeri was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ypsilanti and the St. Louis Center in Chelsea, where she was a volunteer on the Fall Dinner Auction Committee for many years. She loved casinos, poker games, white zinfandel, classical music and her late dog, “Barney.”
The family received friends at the Janowiak Funeral Home, 320 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019, with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. A pre-Mass visitation took take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9425 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti, MI followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m., with Very Rev. William Canon Turner, of St. Mary Parish, Chelsea, as celebrant. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery at the corner of Whittaker & Willow Rds. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Louis Center, 16195 Old US-12, Chelsea, MI 48118, for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Special thanks to Kindred Hospice for their loving care.