Phyllis L. Yasui

Phyllis Lorraine Hoffman Yasui, 84, died after a prolonged illness at Cathedral Village, a continuing care facility in Philadelphia, on Aug. 4, 2015.

Phyllis was born in Yorkana, Pa., Nov. 2, 1930. She was the youngest child of Benjamin Griffin Hoffman and Eva Imogene Miller Hoffman; beloved sister of Alice, Martha, Annie, Ben Jr., Dean and Jean, all of whom except Annie survive her.

She was raised in Jersey Shore where her father was a pastor with the Evangelical United Brethren Church, (later United Methodist). Her family provided many community services through their church, and Phyllis and her siblings were integral to church life. Phyllis graduated from Jersey Shore High School and the Williamsport Hospital Nursing School in 1952.

As a nursing student, Phyllis met Robert Shu Yasui, a surgical resident. They were married for 60 years at the time of Bob’s death in 2012. The couple lived in Williamsport and played an active role in their community. They attended Pine Street Methodist Church where Phyllis sang in the choir and was involved in the church’s many service activities. She volunteered with the Junior League, Hope Enterprises, PTAs, the Children’s Development Center, and the Salvation Army. Phyllis worked part-time in Bob’s surgical practice and was a nurse on the Little League World Series medical team for 40 years. She was on the Board of Trustees of Lycoming College and an enthusiastic cheerleader for their sports teams.

Phyllis is survived by five children: Robert, Lise, Robin, Timothy and Todd; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She had a deep love of children, flowers, music, fishing in the Loyalsock, the Yankees and, most of all, spending time singing harmonies and laughing with her siblings, all of whom share a wicked sense of humor and fun. She will be missed for her extraordinary kindness and compassion, her generosity, and unconditional love of her family.

A celebration of her life will be planned in the future. Her family would appreciate contributions made in her honor to either of the organizations: Phyllis Yasui Endowed Scholarship, Lycoming College, P.O. Box 165, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701, (570) 321-4036, lycomingfund@lycoming.edu; or Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, PA 17701, attn: Wilma Robson, Office Manager, 570-323-4604.

Submitted by family.