YVONNE ANNETTE DEAVER PROCH, 67, pioneer resident of Columbia, Maryland, died Sunday September 14, 2003. Born in Detroit, Michigan, June 13, 1936, she was the daughter of the deceased Barney and Julia Deaver, Doylestown, Ohio. She was a graduate of Ohio University earning a BS degree in elementary education. Yvonne, a devoted Catholic, was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Clarksville. She was also an active member of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO). She taught many years in the Howard County school system and was an outstanding pedagogue for very young students. Yvonne was recognized by THE COLUMBIA FLIER as a lobbyist on behalf of children with Down's Syndrome. She pursued establishment of support programs for children with special needs, especially those with Down's Syndrome. This included Howard County's first Infant Stimulation Program and other programs involving structured learning environments for special-needs-students in mainstreamed Howard County schools. She traveled extensively in Europe, including trips to Greece, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, England, Wales and Turkey. She also lived for two years in Cheltenham, England with her husband and family. Survivors include her husband, Eugene M. Proch, two sons - Michael, Ellicott City and Timothy, Columbia; a daughter, Paula Marie Ruta and husband Gino, Fairfax, Virginia; three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Gino and Perry; her especially beloved sister Barbara Ann Simshauser, husband Walter and son Scott, Largo, Florida; aunt, Stella Zazo, Akron, Ohio; and soul mate cousin Dolores Dixon, Lehigh Acres, Florida. Viewing will be held Thursday, September 18 from 5 to 8 P.M. at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, Inc., Ellicott City. Funeral Mass will be held 10 A.M. Friday, September 19 at St. Louis Catholic Church, Clarksville, followed by Interment at Columbia Memorial Park, Clarksville, Maryland.
THE BALTIMORE SUN