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Hope (Meloy) Yenko

August 27, 1931 ~ September 25, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Hope Yenko Obituary

Hope Meloy Yenko, previously of Washington, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 25, 2023 in North Hollywood, California.

Hope was well-known to many children who attended her story hours at the Citizens Library in Washington in the 1980s and 90s. She retired as head of the Children's Department in 1995 after 30 years of service and moved to Los Angeles to be near her daughter, Terri, and her family.

Hope was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

She graduated from Penn State University and was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority where she met, dated, and married Don Yenko. Upon graduation, Don became a Chevy dealership partner with his parents, Frank and Martha Yenko in Bentleyville and Canonsburg.

Early in their marriage, Don took an interest in racecar driving and Hope attended his races and kept track of her husband's lap speed as his timekeeper.

Don and Hope had two daughters, Lynn and Terri, but the couple separated in 1974. Shortly after that, Hope began work at Citizens Library and obtained a degree in Library Science from Sewickley College.

She was a sweet, wonderful woman and will be dearly missed by her daughters, Terri Yenko Gould and Lynn Yenko Zoiopoulos, and grandchildren Gary, Alex, Milo, and Amanda.

She is predeceased by her brothers, William Meloy and Don Meloy, and her ex-husband Don Yenko.

She will be buried privately at Beallsville Cemetery.

Memorial donations should be made to Citizens Library, 55 S. College Street, Washington, PA 15301.

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Arrangements in care of the Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255.


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