Carolyn Brothers Yahle, 78Published 5:14pm Thursday, July 5, 2012
Carolyn Brothers Yahle, 78
Born: Jan. 4, 1934
Died: June 25, 2012
Carolyn Angie Brothers Yahle, 78, of Mishawaka and formerly of Edwardsburg and Niles, passed to her rest June 25, 2012, at Center for Hospice Care, South Bend, after an illness.
Carolyn was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Chicago, the daughter of Charles F. and Angela (Blazewicz) Schmidt. She was the third Caucasian woman in history to be adopted by the Miami Indian Tribe, in the 1960s.
She moved to the Niles area and worked in accounting for the Harger CPA Office, and formerly worked for the Berrien County Health Department, in drug abuse, in Benton Harbor and Niles.
She was married to William George Yahle, who has passed.
Others who preceded her in death are her parents and granddaughter, Amanda Toothman.
Surviving are her three daughters, Theresa Brothers, of Mishawaka, Viki Brothers, of Portland, Maine, and Patti Cox and her husband, Bob, of Clinton, Ind., as well as her grandchildren, Molly Brothers, Adrienne Strauffer and Lawrence Toothman. Also, her sister, Mary Jorgenson, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and her brother, Charles Schmidt, of Morton Grove, Ill. Others survivors are a cousin, Dorothy Skronski, of Edwardsburg, and very best friends, Mary Bretschneider, of Edwardsburg, and Pat Stephens, of St. Joseph.
Carolyn made her arrangements years ago, and she donated her body to medical science at Indiana University, Indianapolis.
Memorial donations may be made to either Cass County or Berrien County Cancer Services.
Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg. For additional information, call 663-5345.