Regina A. Brazill Yoos passed away peacefully on April 26, 2022, in Mesa, AZ. She was born October 30, 1932, in Utica, NY. She was the daughter of Thomas and Rose (Jetty) Barry. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Lester A. Yoos, of Mesa, AZ (formerly of Grayville, IL), and by two sons, William (Teri) of Dunkirk, NY and Mark (Elea) of Santa Monica, CA. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William, her daughter, Maria (Mark), and her son, Barry (Eileen).
She was a fantastic, loving and generous Mother. Regina was never one to shy away from giving advice.
It was not unusual for her to start a conversation with, “Well, I don’t want to tell you what to do, but…..”
Regina, or Reggie, as many called her, lived a long and interesting life. She lived in 17 different places throughout the country and had friends all over the United States. She was a woman ahead of her time and a huge advocate for women, especially working women, beginning at General Electric in Syracuse in the 1950’s, Tom Wahl’s in Avon, NY in the 1960’s, and Plymouth Tube in Dunkirk, NY in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. She always believed that she could do anything a man could do, only better.
In the 90’s, Regina moved with Plymouth Tube to Arizona where she retired after more than 30 years with the company. She loved the sun and was thrilled to retire in Mesa. In 2001, Regina met Lester and they spent over 20 years together traveling, fishing, golfing, site seeing and enjoying retirement as much as any two people could. In their early years together, Regina and Lester spent time traveling between homes in Illinois and Arizona. Regina loved getting to know the members of the Grayville community and helping others through her work with the Grayville Lions Club. Regina and Lester helped organize and manage the annual Lions Club golf outing for many years until making Mesa their full-time residence. The two were married in 2014.
Those that knew her well described her as a feisty woman, who had a fantastic sense of humor. Regina was at a doctor’s appointment a few years ago, and the Dr. asked her if she smoked. She told him “No.” Her husband was with her and said, “Well, when did you quit?” She said, “It’s none of your business, but last night.”
She will be greatly missed by her children, as well as her grandchildren, Maggie, Shea, Will, Devin, Jordan, Liv, and Eden, and her great grandchildren, Thea and Madelyn. She is also survived by Lester’s children, Denise A. Johnson (Jim), Debbie A. Yoos, and Lester A. Yoos II (Kathy).
A celebration of her life will be held in Mesa, AZ. On May 28th at 2:00 PM at the Bunker Family Funeral
Home at 3529 E. University Dr. There will also be a celebration of her life in Sylvan Beach, NY on August 6th, which will be held at the Union Chapel. All are welcome. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Columban’s on the Lake, 2546 Lake Ave., Silver Creek, NY, 14136.