Yvette Marie Semler

Yvette Marie Semler, 65, of Fairfax, Va passed away with her family at her side on Monday, October 15, 2018. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, James W. Semler. Yvette was a devoted mother to David Semler (Tracy), Michael Semler (Katie), and beloved sister of Susan Sullivan (Kevin) and Linda Vitale (Joseph). She was a loving grandmother to Claire and Caroline Semler, and aunt to Kimberly and Paul Sullivan.

Yvette was the daughter of the late Paul and Odette O’Donnell. She was a real estate agent before making a mid-career decision to go back to school and pursue a nursing degree. She retired last December with 24 years of nursing service, most recently with the Fairfax County School system. Yvette loved being with people and helping others through advice and friendship. She enjoyed book club, lunches and outings to the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap with her friends. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved going to the beach with her family and cooking pancakes for her granddaughters.

A celebration of Yvette’s life will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling, VA 20165, starting with visitation at 10:30 am and a memorial service at 11:00 am. A reception will follow at the Church. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Mental Health America. (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/)

12 Responses to Yvette Marie Semler

  1. Meg says:

    Yvette was always giving of herself, always had time to listen and advise. I am honored and privileged to have known her.

  2. Linda J Vitale says:

    We cried when you passed away, we still cry today.
    Although we loved you dearly, we couldn’t make you stay.
    Your golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest,
    God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.
    Sisters share a love tied with heartstrings.
    The greatest gift our parents ever gave us was each other.
    With love always, Susan and Linda

  3. Lita Flint says:

    Yvette was a ray of sunshine. She listened with an open heart and mind, and her smile brightened everyone’s day. I always enjoyed seeing her when she visited my school. She was a good friend and colleague, and will be missed by all who knew her. It was a privilege and joy to know her. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  4. Karen says:

    Yvette and I worked together at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute before we both came to the health department. I was very uncertain that I wanted to work at the mental health institute at all, but Yvette took the time to listen to my concerns and was a very patient teacher and inspiration for me. When I left to come to the health department, I thought that I would never see her again, but a few years I was in a training and there she was. I was very happy to see her again and we caught up quite quickly as to what was going on in our lives. I will miss you as I did when you retired.

  5. Cindy Clyburn says:

    I was so very sad to see Yvette retire, but happy for her at the same time. She will always be remembered at Little Run Elementary for all her hard work with our children in preschool.I do know she loved her family dearly. Yvette was a very kind ,caring individual and my thoughts and prayers will be with you all! Miss Cindy

  6. Kathy Hood says:

    Yvette was one of many Public Health nurses that work with Weyanoke. She was caring for the students and staff. I will miss her.

  7. Maureceia says:

    Yvette was my pyramid partner when i first started working at the health department. She always checked on me and truly cared about the people she worked with. She could always be counted on to be a listening ear. She had an infectious laugh and a heart of gold. I will miss you dearly friend. May your soul Rest In Peace

  8. Maureceia says:

    Yvette had a heart of gold. She had an infectious laugh and could always be counted on to be a listening ear. She feel cared for the people in her life and it is an honor to call her friend. May your soul Rest In Peace, miss you

  9. Carol Hutchinson says:

    I have known and worked with Yvette as a school public health nurse for 11 years. She was supportive, encouraging, professional and always had my back. She loved to occasionally get together and go out to lunch whenever one of us was feeling low or having a difficult issue with one of our schools. She would give her best advice and I always felt better after spending time with her. Her background in mental health was her greatest asset. I will truly miss her and our after work “socials’ at her home with cheese and crackers and of course wine!! May your soul be forever at peace in heaven my friend……I know there are lots of characters for you to chat with up there:-)

  10. Kelly and Liz Sullivan says:

    To the family of Yvette,
    We were saddened to learn of Yvette’s untimely passing. Although we had not seen her for several years, Yvette recently wrote saying how much she enjoyed being a grandmother, and congratulating us on the arrival of our grandchild. It was typical of Yvette: thoughtful, kind, and sharing her deep love of family.
    She will always be missed, but never forgotten.

  11. Lisa S. Yonika says:

    Yvette was my mentor when I began in the Health Department 12 years ago. What a wealth of knowledge, care and tenderness. I always will remember and cherish all the words of wisdom, guidance and laughter. She knew what to take seriously and what to through caution to. Ready to celebrate with food and wine. Her friendship I will always miss and is irreplaceable in my heart.

  12. Regina Weitzman says:

    Yvette was my loyal friend for over 40 years. She was a very special lady who lit up a room with her smile Her laughter was so contagious. Her love and kindness knew no boundaries. You are deeply missed Yvette. You made such a difference in my life and the life of the entire Kilcullen family. I know you took the expressway to heaven. With gratitude and love, Regina Weitzman (Allan)

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