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Official Obituary of

Barbara Ann (Nee Kircher) Yago

March 1, 2024

Barbara Ann Yago Obituary

Barbara Ann (Nee Kircher) Yago, died on March 1, 2024, in Hospice at Chester County Hospital. Barbara was just tired and died of natural causes.  She was 84.  As with her life, Barbara was in charge of her death.   

 Born before the War and living alone with her mother in Germantown while her father was serving in North Africa and free France, she had a rough start. But smart and tough, Barbara did well in Philadelphia public schools, tested her way into Philadelphia Girls High School and graduated from Springfield Township (Montco) High School after her parents moved to the suburbs. Along the way, Barbara studied voice and piano at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Barbara danced on Band Stand when it was still a local afternoon show.

She met her future husband, Jack Yago, while working at Lybrand, Ross Bros. and Montgomery in Philadelphia. They married in 1960 and their sons David and Doug were born in 1961 and 1964. Lybrand became Coopers and Lybrand, which became PricewaterhouseCoopers. Just before he died suddenly in 1988, Jack Yago was the chairman of the financial-service section of the firm as well as serving on Firm Council.  He was also Treasurer of the Union League. Barbara devoted most of her adult life to her oldest son David, who was born deaf and learning disabled. David went to school at Elwyn Institutes, and still lives in one of its community houses. Both Barbara and Jack served on Elwyn’s board of directors for many years and there is a trades building on Elwyn’s main campus named after Jack. Barbara was a fierce advocate for those who had none.  Both Barbara and Jack were devoted members of the Concordville Fire & Protective Association as well as the Ocean City Fire & Rescue Services.  Barbara also served as Inspector of Elections for a number of years for Concordville as well as volunteering for the Red Cross.

Barbara had a lifelong love affair with the Jersey Shore.  Her parents took her to Ocean City after the War and in high school Barbara worked summers at some of Ocean City’s better-known restaurants and hotels, including the world famous Breakers Hotel on the boardwalk.  After Barbara and Jack had their second child, Doug, they bought a house in Ocean City just a block from the beach and the south end of the boardwalk.  There for several decades, Barbara welcomed, fed, housed, and entertained family and friends.

Barbara is survived by her two sons, David and Doug (Bruce), brothers Philip Kircher (Margaret) and Richard Kircher (Donna) and numerous cousins, nephews and many cherished friends, including her closest friend Mary Jo Webb.  Barbara was predeceased by her late husband Jack Yago and her parents, Charles and Christine Kircher.  

Barbara has been cremated and her remains will be interred alongside Jack’s at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, PA.   Celebration of her life plans will be announced later.  If you wish, memorial gifts may be made to Elwyn Institute or just do a dance for Barbara, Band Stand Style. 

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.


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