Shirley Bell Yaksic

Shirley Bell Yaksic, 82, passed peacefully at her home in Sun City Center, FL., on Friday, November 9, 2018. She has now been reunited with her beloved son, Ken, who died suddenly in August 2017.

Shirley was one of 8 children born to Boyd and Isa Bonnell Bell in Luzerne, PA. She lived most of her life in the Tampa, FL., area with her retired military husband of 57 years, James Yaksic, who lovingly cared for her during her declining health. A graduate of Brownsville High School 1954, she worked as a telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Co. for many years. Shirley was Protestant by faith and a devoted homemaker, wife, and mother with a generous heart of gold.

Deceased are her parents; son Ken; brothers Howard Bell (wife Cora) and Warren Bell (wife Josephine); sisters Edith Stitchick, Gladys Nicholson (husband Nick), and Ruth, who died in infancy; nephews Lloyd and Carl Stitchick; and a special niece Brenda Yaksic.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim; daughter-in- law Amanda; sisters Bernice Yaksic (the late Albert), Little River, SC; Doris Hertzog (Dennis), Lititz, PA; Betty Illig (Jim), Madison, OH; and Donna Gracon (the late Ken), Conneaut, OH; brother-in-law William Yaksic, Brownsville, PA; sister-in-law Florence Conn (the late Delmar), Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled by SUN CITY CENTER FUNERAL HOME where additional information and a guest book are available. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in Shirley's memory may do so to Life Path Hospice at 12470 Telecom Drive, Tampa,FL. 33637 or at

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