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YU, Chief John F. , age 56
of Knox-ville, longtime community volunteer leader and Rescue Squad assistant chief, native of Beltsville, Md., passed away at his home suddenly May 26, 2012. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Yu was an accomplished pianist and swimmer in his youth. When he moved to Tennessee, he became active in many volunteer leadership positions, always giving back to community. He later served on the leadership team with BCRS since 2006, most recently serving as assistant chief since 2010. Long recognized for his tireless volunteerism, Yu was tapped for the prestigious honor of carrying the torch in Tennessee for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Games. Yu also was a 29-year volunteer member of the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. and served as chief in 1992-1993 and again in 2003-2005. He also served as a past member of the Board of Directors and Water Rescue Team captain. He was instrumental in the development of the KVERS Support Team and swift water response capabilities. John was an active board member, director, instructor/trainer and mentor for the Knox County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was also the lead medical supervisor and one of the founding program creators for the First Aid Station Program at Neyland Stadium, supporting The University of Tennessee and the Volunteers. He was a life member of both the Alabama and Virginia Tech Association of Rescue Squads and was recognized by United Way of America in its poster engagement campaign. A 1977 graduate of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va,, where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Yu worked at Hewlett-Packard from 1985 to 1992 before becoming president of Technical Staffing, a Cobble Staffing Company. At the time of his passing he was senior vice president of operations at TalentSphere, LLC, where he helped develop the Talent Harvester and Innovation Harvester solutions for staffing and recruitment needs. He also was responsible for account management and support for the company’s Fortune 500 clients, working closely with the information technology team in the development, deployment and support of TalentSphere’s web-based solutions inclusive of the facilities operational infrastructure. Prior, he was on the staff of Digital Discoveries. Yu leaves a son, Wesley; his parents, Michael and Maria Yu; brother, James V. Yu; sisters, Pattie Yu of Potomac, Bernadette Yu Kaiser and Angelita Crowley; and his faithful dog, Zoe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gerard V. Yu. A funeral mass was Friday at All Saints Catholic Church. Interment followed with a fly over, and honor guards presence. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy should be made to:: Blount County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 218, Alcoa, TN 37701; Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 512 N. Chilhowie Drive, Knoxville, TN 37924; East Tennessee Regional Chapter American Red Cross, 6921 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909. Online condolences at

SUNTHEIMER, Joanne, age 92,
of Hatboro, Pa., and Pensacola, Fla., passed away Sunday evening, June 3, 2012, at Baptist Health Care Center, Lenoir City. Joanne was a graduate of Beaver College, which is now Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa. She taught handicapped children in Philadelphia, Pa., and also worked for the City of Philadelphia. An avid dog lover, she raised basset hounds and boxers. Joanne also was a member of Five Flags Dog Training Club in Pensacola and participated in trips to area schools teaching dog care. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to Matthew, who in her later years brought joy to her like no one else. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Suntheimer; parents, Edmund and Ethel Gray von Gerichten. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Lynn Coleman; and a grandson. A Celebration of Life was Friday, June 15, 2012, in Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: ASPCA, Attn: Linda Tiramani, 520 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, served the family of Joanne Suntheimer.

PRIEST, Eleanor H., age 92,
of Knoxville, passed away June 14, 2012. Ms. Priest was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. Ms. Priest was a native of Tiptonville and was a long-time resident of Huntingdon and Memphis. After attending Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., Ms. Priest graduated from The University of Tennessee. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Ms. Priest was a piano teacher both in Huntingdon and Memphis. Ms. Priest was predeceased by her parents, Lyman and Tennessee Harris; her husband, Marshall F. Priest Jr.; and her brother, Lyman Harris. She is survived by sons, Marshall F. Priest III (Martha), Michael H. Priest and Timothy A. Priest (Betsy); five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Graveside service was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Huntingdon June 17, 2012. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Concord United Methodist Church Building Fund, 11020 Roane Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Priest family.

PASKEL, Michael Aaron, 36,
peacefully at home on June 13, 2012. Born March 31,1976, he was a graduate of Bearden High School’s class of 1994. He was twice married, to Trisha Falls, and currently to Kristina Harmon. He had four sons and a stepdaughter — Tristen, Hayden, Ethan, Shon and Jaden. He was a voracious reader, a chronic New York Jets fan, and non-coincidentally an unrepentant Volunteer. In addition to his wife, his sons, his step daughter and a cadre of friends, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, James and Nema Paskel; his father, Michael James Paskel; step-mom Carolyn; his mother, Vickie Kneisler; and stepdad, Harry; his sisters, Valerie Reneé Ward and Merideth Drew Paskel; and his little brother, “Big Brian” Paskel; and too many cousins, nieces, nephews aunts and uncles to mention. Funeral Service was at New Life Church of God, 1416 Breda Drive, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be considered for the care of Aaron’s children c/o Michael Paskel, 366 East Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, served the Paskel family.

DEBIASE, John R., age 90,
of Knoxville, formerly of Alexandria, Va., passed away Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2012. He was born in Windber, Pa. John was a member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and All Saints Catholic Church, both in Knoxville. He was a veteran of World War II flying 50 missions as ball turret gunner with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He loved working in his garden and his workshop. John was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Crawford DeBiase; parents, Mary Maggazu DeBiase and James DeBiase; sisters, Rose, Josephine and Kathryn; brothers, Dominic and Anthony. He is survived by his daughters, Mary Soles and husband, Thomas, Katherine Wasmund and Margaret DeBiase; sons, John C. DeBiase and Mark DeBiase and wife, Beth; six grandchildren; sister, Sarah Dayoob; a great-grandson; brothers, James and Robert DeBiase; long-time friends, Henry Graham; sister-in-law, Loris Crawford; many nieces and nephews; faithful companion, Scout. A Celebration of Life was Monday at Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church. Graveside service was Tuesday at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: All Saints Catholic Church, 620 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37923 or to St. Albert the Great Catholic Church Building Fund, 7200 Brickey Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, serving the DeBiase family.

DAVIS, Violet M., of Covington, Ga.,
passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Mrs. Davis was born May 5, 1958. She was preceded in death by her stepchildren, Connie and James Davis. Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband, Roy Lee Davis; daughters, Lydia and Mina Montgomery; brother, Wycliss Montgomery; stepsons, Melvin, Gary, Ray, Tony and Randy Davis; several grandchildren. Funeral service was Friday in Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Graveside service was Saturday at Marietta Cemetery. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, served the Davis family.

COLE, Catherine Croll, age 99,
died peacefully in her sleep at home in Knoxville Thursday, June 14, 2012, of natural causes. Born May 31, 1913, to Ella Cole Croll and Perry Bean Croll in Skippack, Pa., her family moved to Dunellen, N.J., where she grew up. After graduating from Trenton State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree she continued her education at Penn State where she graduated with a master’s degree. During World War II she served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant from January 1943 until October 1946. While in the navy she married her sweetheart, Bill, and after her discharge they settled in Lebanon, N.J., where she began using her degrees as a teacher in an area school until they started their family. In 1956, they purchased the business that Bill worked for and moved into the business property of Hildebrant and Cole Heating oil in Whitehouse Station, N.J., where she spent a long happy life. Catherine started a local chapter of the Girl Scouts of America and was a member of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Whitehouse United Methodist Church and loved baking her apple pies for the Harvest Home dinners there. At the age of 70, after the death of her beloved Bill, she moved to St. Simons Island, Ga., where she spent almost 21 years learning and playing bridge, walking along the ocean and spending time with her new friends and daughter, Bonnie. In 2004, she and her daughter moved to their home in Knoxville where she spent the last eight years of her life enjoying the views out her windows, spending time with both of her daughters, reading many books and watching her favorite TV shows. Catherine is survived by her loving daughters, Kathy Cole Rinaca, Bonnie Sue Cole and Bonnie’s fiancé, Bill Union; a grandson; three loved great-grandchildren; special daughters, her caregivers, Debra Riddle, Niki Souder and Angel Ewing, all of whom she loved; several nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church at a later date. Graveside services will be held at Rural Hills Cemetery in Whitehouse with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Young Williams Animal Center. Knoxville, or Fish Ministry, Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church, Knoxville. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel,

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