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6050 Main Street
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: 609-625-2324
Fax: 609-625-9141
Douglas Yearsley

Douglas Yearsley

Friday, June 6th, 1947 - Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
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The Right Honorable Douglas MacArthur Yearsley died peacefully at AtlanticCare Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on 21 January 2020 at the age of 72. Douglas is survived by his wife Bonnie (Szigethy); his son Michael (Diana); his brothers Elmer and Kevin (Donna); and his grandchildren Joseph, Douglas, and Lillian. He is preceded in death by his father Elmer and mother Elizabeth (Kier/Neeff) and his son Andrew.

Douglas was born on 6 June 1947 in Somers Point, NJ. He graduated from Vineland Sr. High School in 1965 and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Okinawa, Japan where he served as a reporter for Stars and Stripes and other military newspapers. In January of 1975 he married the love of his life, Bonnie, raised two sons, and lived a great life full of adventure. Douglas worked at Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital in Cape May Courthouse for more than 30 years. Douglas was a wonderful son, husband, and father who served his community as Township Historian, Committeeman, and Mayor. Douglas was a great patriot and citizen, a good Catholic, a wit, and a card who loved his grandchildren and his dogs.

A viewing will be held at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main Street, Mays Landing, NJ from 3-5pm on Sunday 26 January 2020. A funeral Mass will take place prior to burial at 11am on Monday 27 January 2020 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Dorothy, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Semper Fi,
Michael S. Yearsley
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 26th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, January 26th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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  • Service

    Monday, January 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, January 27th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Bernard's Church
    42 Pennsylvania Ave.
    DOROTHY, NJ 08317
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Carla Torrence

Posted at 12:30pm
I am so deeply sadden to hear the news of my friends passing. I worked with him at Burdette Tomlin in the early 90's. I only lived and worked there for five years but what an impact he made on my life. I frequently tell others about him because he had that wonderful lasting personality that I missed and so rare to find. Just this Christmas my children (Annie and Daniel) and husband James talked about the Walton's Homecoming movie that Doug did a voice intro for because of a short story he entered into a contest in the Better Homes and Garden magazine. I think that is all correct, its what I remember but its been many years I still have the magazine and the VHS movie! We talked about all the fun we all had when we all went to his home and had a fire in the fire pit and cooked hot dogs and marshmallows. So much fun! Once we all went to a circus in his township as we all had a great time but mostly laughed because it was really a poodle show! He loved the Walton Mountain and he loved Robert E. Lee. Of course I was from Appomattox where the surrender took place so we always had lots to talk about. He was infectious at making you laugh and be happy! He had a brilliant mind such a kind and warm heart. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with him and be his friend. Many years have past but the loss is very personal. Extending my deepest sympathy to Bonnie and Michael.

Hope Knight

Posted at 02:07pm
So sorry for your loss. Sending love from Bob and Hope Knight

Ashlee Stetser

Posted at 08:48pm
Our young lives were happily punctuated with moments shared with Douglas, Bonnie Sue, Michael, and Andrew. Weekends up in Weymouth, summers down the shore, and Camp Beisler made our childhood an unforgettable one. Thank you for being a huge part of our lives. We will forever miss you dear Douglas.
Love, the Stetser girls

Howard, Donna Marie, Heather, and Lauren (Kean)Berchtold

Posted at 11:46am
May this tree stand tall and strong for many years as an historical tribute to Douglas Yearsley. Love, the Berchtold Family, NJ
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Donna Marie Berchtold

Posted at 11:30am

We thank you for all the wonderful times we have shared together in the past with Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra where you shared Bonnie's love of music and your wonderful support. Most recently as General Lee carrying our Civil War lantern when we sang through the streets of various communities. I am sorr I dont have any pictures of you in Period Style Costume. I THINK YOU HID from the Camera!! We enjoyed having you in our group and we are so happy we were able to share in our love of history, during fun fellowship together while enjoying food and laughter. We know you will keep them hopping in heaven!

Thank you again for great memories,

With Love,
Donna Marie Berchtold, Howard, Heather, Lauren ( Berchtold) Kean, and the Saint Nicholas Aurora Carolers

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