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William G. Yena

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Posted By Hitzeman Funeral Home On September 16, 2016 @ 11:38 am In Obituary | 17 Comments

William G. Yena, age 85 of La Grange Park.  Husband of Jean M. Yena, nee Vorphal; father of John (Mary) Yena, Nancy Yena, Larry (Peggy) Yena and Barbara Yena; grandfather of Michael (Kiley) Yena, Matthew (Megan) Yena, Mark Yena, Steven (Stephanie) Yena and Casey (Michael) Stahl; great grandfather of Griffin, Hunter and William Yena; brother of Richard (Phyllis) Yena.  Funeral and Interment Private.  Arrangements by Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd. 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.  Information at 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com


Condolences for the family of “William G. Yena”

Condolence from Kathy Petko on September 17th, 2016 7:37 am

Nancy, Barbara, Mrs. Yena and the entire extended family. I’m truly sorry to hear of Mr. Yena’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. He was great man. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Ken Johnson (Forest Road Class of 1972) on September 17th, 2016 9:08 am

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Yena. I saw him at the 8th grade class reunion in 2011. I will never forget him!! He made me a better person and was always kind & strict if he needed to be. I know he touched & taught many important life lessons that we carry with us today. My dad & mom owned the Ben Franklin Store in La Grange Park, and told me in 2011 that he wished we had not had to close that store up.
Again my thoughts & prayers are with your family. Thanks for sharing him with us!!!

Condolence from Mike Minella, FR Class of 1963 on September 17th, 2016 2:01 pm

Mr. Yena was a great teacher, a wonderful role model and a strong community leader. My deepest sympathies to the entire Yena family. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Greg Burnham on September 17th, 2016 11:24 pm

Best wishes and condolences to the family of Bill Yena. Mr. Yena as we at Forest Road called him. A kind and gentle man beloved by many. Be at Peace in the hands of the Lord my dear friend and teacher. We learned more then sports from you. We learned character and integrity.

Condolence from John Campise on September 18th, 2016 12:56 am

Mr Yena was a true inspiration!!! He always motivated you to be the best that you can be. I will forever remember him, this world has lost a great man!!

Forest Road School Class of “63”

Condolence from Ray Jahaaski(FR’63) on September 18th, 2016 1:46 pm

RIP, MR BILL YENA….Every small town in America needs a MAN/WOMAN like you to be that special teacher/administrator….that special coach….that special mentor….that special friend….and yes, that special baseball umpire….I remember you behind the plate, the man in the mask with bubble protector, calling balls and strikes, yelling safe or out for LGP LL/PL and even LTHS varsity baseball ….RIP

Condolence from Laurie (Laben) Jordan on September 18th, 2016 5:23 pm

My deepest sympathies to the family. Mr. Yena was a great guy and he will be missed. I so remember the night that we were back and forth on the phone and email trying to figure out the tune to the Forest Road fight song. Too much fun! All of LaGrange Park will miss him.

Condolence from Carole Sramek on September 19th, 2016 7:32 pm

So sorry for your loss. He was a special person and will be missed. My sincere sympathies to the family.

Condolence from Norma Zanghi on September 20th, 2016 5:38 pm

Dear Barb – my sincere condolences to you and your family on your father’s passing. Hugs and prayers to you during this difficult time. Norma

Condolence from George & Nancy Isdale on September 21st, 2016 8:49 am

We are so sorry to hear about Bills passing our
love and prayers go out to his Family.

Condolence from Tom Crooks (FR 63) on September 21st, 2016 8:58 am

Mr. Yena was a roll model for all of us. It was my honor to not only have him for a teacher but to see him in “retirement” still serving the community. He will be missed.

Condolence from Susan A. Anderson – Forest Road Class of ’63 on September 21st, 2016 3:34 pm

My deepest sympathies to your family. Mr. Yena was an inspiration and mentor to many of us. He especially went out of his way to be very firm with the administration at Forest Road to allow my handicapped youngest brother to participate in PE classes known then as gym class. He argued that my brother was not handicapped just different. He was way ahead of his time. P.S.: My brother was scouted at one time by the Oakland Athletics as a left fielder!

Condolence from Karen Boyd on September 23rd, 2016 4:05 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. He was so important to the Community Park District and to the entire Village. His footprints are found throughout the community and we are all so lucky to be the beneficiaries of his efforts.

Condolence from Beth Eckert & family on September 23rd, 2016 8:32 pm

So sorry for your loss. Mr. Yena was the person who hired me at the Park District and I will always remember him fondly. Your family is in our prayers.

Condolence from Elaine Layden on September 25th, 2016 7:52 pm

Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our family truly enjoyed knowing him, as a teacher, a park district leader, and youth sports fan. I worked with Bill for 12 years on the Community Park Board and was so impressed with his concerns for the youth of the Village. He started some great programs and set the standard high for the Community Park District. I am so glad we named the park after him….it is something all of the kids who knew him can remember him by. My condolences to the family. I am sorry we missed the event at the Park this past weekend, but will keep you all in our prayers

Condolence from Barbara Zima on September 26th, 2016 12:28 pm

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Remembering Mr. Yena from Forest Road School when our sons, Mark, Rich, Tom and Jim attended there and also at Park Middle School. Good memories of a good man.

Condolence from Mark Zima on September 26th, 2016 12:49 pm

A great man, Mr. Yena. Firm but fair, he was an outstanding gym teacher and administrator. I learned so much from Mr. Yena during my years at Forest Road (1968-1975) and we were all blessed to have known him.

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