Mildred  Yaple


Mildred B. Yaple was born October 4, 1911 to Andrew and Amanda Sansom in Chillicothe OH and departed this life March 23. 2016.


Mildred graduated from Chillicothe High School, completed nurses training at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati OH and married Roger A. Yaple in 1931. Roger and Mildred settled in Columbus where Roger became Secretary of Big Bear Stores. Mildred was a zealous homemaker, an outstanding artist and a protector of God’s smallest creatures.


In the 40’s as President of West Broad Elementary PTA, her compassion for the less fortunate was apparent when she and her dear friend Freddie Durham faithfully prepared and served free lunches. For many years, Mildred served as manager of the River Ridge Charity Horse Show still held in Columbus in April. She donated her time to River Ridge into her 90’s with proceeds supporting the Central Ohio Diabetes Association Camp Hamwi for youth with diabetes. Consequently, the 116th Ohio General Assembly commended Mildred for her outstanding volunteer service. Mildred served as one of the first female forepersons of the Franklin County Grand Jury having been appointed by Judge Robert Draper in the early 1960’s.


Mildred is predeceased by her husband Roger, her parents and five siblings. She will be greatly missed by her son Dr Newell Yaple (Mary), Palmetto FL; daughter Linda Wolske (Cy), Columbus OH; grandchildren Karen Wollin (Bob), Topeka KS; Greg Wolske (Kelly), Grove City OH; Doug Wolske (Tobore), W Simsbury, CT; Eric Wolske (Katherine Nelson), Healdsburg CA; Sarah Wolske (Scott Frazier) Granville OH; Bill Yaple (Eleni), Pickerington OH and 11 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews to whom she gave love and support which they lovingly returned over the years.


A special thanks to Mildred’s caregiver and friend Jeff Russell and the compassionate caregivers from Heartland Hospice and Sunrise on the Scioto. Mildred was laid to rest by her husband and siblings at Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe OH. A celebration of her life was held on March 29  at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church where she was the oldest living member.


Those who wish to honor Mildred’s memory may do so by contributing to Central Ohio Diabetes Camp Hamwi. Please send to Women’s Board of CODA, 1100   Dennison Avenue, Columbus OH 43201.