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Maria L. Yost (Smith)

Maria L. Yost, 64, of Holland, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Thursday, October 27, 2022. She was the beloved wife of Michael G. Yost of 43 years.

Born on January 14, 1958, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William C. and Helen (Grochowski) Smith.

Maria attended grade school at Maternity B.V.M. and Archbishop Ryan High School. Much of her youth was focused on excelling at competitive swimming at Bustleton Swim Club with her many siblings. She graduated from Abington School of Nursing in 1978 and selflessly dedicated 42 years to serving and aiding others as a nurse. She spent 19 years at Holy Redeemer and multiple years at Wills Eye Surgery Center, Endoscopy Center of Bucks County, and Ashfield Healthcare.

Maria and Mike moved their family to Holland, PA, in 1985. It is here that they built a home, immersed themselves in their community, and raised their 4 children. Maria instilled the importance of hard work, determination, and focus on education into her children, which translated into each of their extracurricular sports activities. She always found great pride and joy in watching them succeed in various sports like basketball and football throughout their youth and college lives. 

Maria was a planner at heart. She always focused on the small details of building great experiences for her family. Whether it was a short weekend trip to the shore with the extended family or a ten-day cruise to Europe or Alaska with Mike. She enjoyed the good things that life provided and was always thankful for the opportunities that life presented. Most importantly, sharing these experiences with her family and friends was constantly a priority, a trait that she instilled in her family, which they hold true to this day. 

Maria was always the life of the party and loved by many. She had a natural and uncanny ability to connect with people on a deeper level. This is why she developed and maintained many authentic lifelong relationships with her friends, community, and extended family. 

Maria loved spending time with and seeing her 10 grandchildren grow together. Planning for holidays, giving thoughtful gifts, and making memories was her priority - she always stayed true to this principle. Maria inspired all those around her with her positive outlook on life and determination. Despite struggles later in life, she still focused on helping and looking out for others first. 

Along with her husband, Michael, Maria is survived by four children, Christine Colella (Mark) of Allentown, NJ, Colleen Damiani (Alan) of Grand Rapids, MI, Meghan Fishman (Brad) of Morganville, NJ, and Michael Yost (Samantha) of Doylestown; 10 grandchildren, Nicholas, Luca, Gianni, Adrianna, Mario, Alexa, Mila, Parker, Vail, and Olive; and five siblings, Patricia, Deborah, Karen, Kathleen, and William.

Maria was loved and will be forever missed by endless friends, neighbors, coworkers, and relatives. She will always be in our hearts. 

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family Wednesday, November 2, 2022, from 10:00 am until the funeral mass at 11:00 am at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 654 Hatboro Road, Richboro. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.

Contributions in Maria’s name can be made to the Breathing Room Foundation, https://breathingroomfoundation.org/donate/

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    St. Vincent de Paul Church
    654 Hatboro Road
    Richboro, PA 18954

  • Service

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
    11:00 AM

    St. Vincent de Paul Church
    654 Hatboro Road
    Richboro, PA 18954

  • Cemetery

    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

    Resurrection Cemetery
    5201 Hulmeville Rd.
    Bensalem, PA 19020

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