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Margaret (Romanik) Yasenko


Margaret Mary Yasenko, 95, of Nebo Illinois, died in her home in June 2023 due to complications from Vascular Dementia and Congestive Heart Failure. She married Joseph Yasenko (deceased) in 1948 and together raised a family of six children.  Margaret is survived by her six children; Rosemary, Joann, John, Debbie (husband Edward Armstrong), Steve and Dan, her grandchildren; Joe, Sonya, John III (deceased), Jared, Ashley, (step), and Nick and her two great grandchildren, Alex and Hannah. 

Margaret devoted all of her love and energy to her loved ones.  Her focus in life was family and making her house into a beautifully decorated and welcoming home.  Money was tight but she creatively cut corners by relying on lay-away programs at stores so that her children never did without.  She also made family holidays, especially Christmas, uniquely special.  She did this by selecting thoughtful gifts for each family member, by lovingly decorating her home and by preparing a variety of traditional Eastern European dishes and baked goods.  She loved the Christmas season and continued these traditions after her children had grown and until she lost the strength to continue.

Margaret worked tirelessly to create a full and comfortable life for a family of eight on a modest income.  She did this through self-sacrifice, her strong work ethic and by tackling tasks typically not reserved for women.   Margaret and Joe built four homes for their family and Margaret worked by her husband’s side throughout the construction process, often to her own detriment.  When her husband’s job required them to move to Utah, Margaret stayed behind with their children and finished a variety of home projects before negotiating the sale of their home.  She was progressive and fearless when tackling unfamiliar tasks necessary for her family’s well-being. 

People recognized and were drawn to Margaret Yasenko’s kindness, sense of humor, wisdom, altruism, and her beauty – inside and out.  Her children recognize how lucky they were to have had her in their lives for as long as they did and cherish the memories she provided. 

“Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” Miss. Margaret.  Visit for condolences.

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