North Andover — "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die".
Janet Kershaw Yule, 91, of North Andover, died on a sunny Sunday afternoon, March 10, 2013 at Woodbriar Skilled Nursing and Rehabilition Center, Wilmington, surrounded by her family, loved ones, and her beloved reverend.
Janet Yule was born on November 29, 1921 in North Chelmsford, daughter to the late, Samuel Kershaw and Mary Holgate, of England. She attended North Andover public schools and the Johnson High School of North Andover during most of her school years and remained there all her adult life.
Mrs. Yule was employed by the Town of North Andover Police Department, Crossing Guard Unit, for over 20 years and retired as a member of the Essex Regional Retirement System and the North Andover Police Association. She loved the job of a crossing guard at the intersection of Middlesex Street and Waverley Road, at Joe's Variety, guiding children from the local neighborhoods to and from Thomson Elementary School, including her own two sons, Jay and Murph.
Mrs. Yule, first as a Kershaw and later as a Yule, was a long-time member and dear friend of the United Riverside Congregational Church, Lawrence, under the direction of her good friend, Reverend Richard E. Pierce. Janet Yule was a most remarkable person, a most loving and devoted wife, mother, and friend and she, like her deceased and loving husband of over 67 years, James G. H. "Popsie" Yule, touched so many people with her love, kindness, compassion, generosity, intelligence, vision, and sense of humor. A strong, fiercely independent woman, many of her family used to say that "Janet Yule was born 40 years ahead of her time". Together, Janet and "Popsie" Yule lived life by example and to the fullest right to their dying days.
Mrs. Yule was married to her high school sweetheart, love of her life, and best friend, James G. H. "Popsie" Yule for close to 67 years. They enjoyed special celebrations as they reached their marriage milestones, including a Jewels of Scotland tour for their 50th wedding anniversary. For their 55th anniversary, the Yules were joined by their family in traveling to New York City to enjoy a New York Yankees game, as they had done during their honeymoon following their wedding on September 11, 1943. A highlight for them and the family that day was hearing a congratulatory 55th anniversary announcement read at Yankee Stadium and recognized by the capacity crowd.
Mrs. Yule is survived by her beloved sons, Jay Scott Yule and his wife, Sheila Freeman Yule, of Bradford, and James Gary "Murph" Yule and significant other, Anne E. Fiesinger, of Boston; grandson, Matthew Phoenix Minardi-Yule, of Hamilton, Ontario; granddaughter, Julie Carey and fiance Daniel Bresnehan of Salem, N.H.; granddaughter, Amy Austin, and her husband, Jon Austin of Pelham, N.H.; great-grandchildren, Hannah Austin and Jonathan Austin of Pelham, N.H.; a brother, Samuel Kershaw, of Derry, N.H.; and numerous nephews and nieces from both the Yule and Kershaw families, as well as many friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband and best friend, James G. H. Yule; her brother James "Boots" Kershaw; and her sisters, Lillian Kershaw, Mae Kershaw Lannon, Edith Kershaw O'Connor, Barbara Kershaw Bagley, and Ruth Kershaw Riordan.
ARRANGEMENTS: Mrs. Yules wishes were cremation and the mixing of her ashes with her deceased beloved husband and best friend forever, James "Popsie" Yule. A memorial and celebration of her life will be held in the spring, her favorite season. The memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., at the United Riverside Congregational Church, 290 Water Street, Lawrence. In addition to her very strong love for her family and friends, Mrs. Yule cared very much for her church and its members. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, people who wish to express their love and appreciation of Janet K. Yule make a donation in her honor to the United Riverside Church, c/o 317 South Broadway, Suite 109, Lawrence, MA 01843, or to a charity that is dearest to your heart. To leave online condolences or to sign the family guest book, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.