Mt. Pleasant woman helped organize girls softball
As Title IX was leveling the playing field for girls in athletics, Florence DeSimone was doing her part for equality in athletics in Mt. Pleasant by helping to organize a softball league for girls in the 1970s.
“She played softball, and so did her sister and her daughters,” said her son, Ralph Yeskey of Mt. Pleasant.
When she helped to form the Mt. Pleasant Girls Softball League, all the girls initially played together regardless of age. It was later broken down into teams by age group, Yeskey said.
“If you could play, you were on the team,” said Ralph Yeskey’s wife, Sue.
Florence M. Kita Yeskey DeSimone of Mt. Pleasant died Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was 85.
Mrs. DeSimone was born July 20, 1934, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Mongellieo Kita.
She graduated from the former Hurst High School in Mt. Pleasant Township.
She was a very active member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant, its Christian Mothers and the Ministry of Consolation.
“She was very active in her church. She loved to cook pierogis for the festivals,” Sue Yeskey said.
Ralph Yeskey said his mother attended all the children’s sporting events and maintained a love of sports, especially football, baseball and wrestling.
“She was a supporter at all of the games,” Ralph Yeskey said.
Mrs. DeSimone loved to dance, to all kinds of music, Sue Yeskey said, and even learned to dance to the music her grandchildren liked.
She worked at Electro-Glass Products in Mt. Pleasant Township. When she retired from that company, she didn’t stay retired very long. She took a job at a women’s clothing store in the Greensburg area.
“My mother was a people person,” Ralph Yeskey said.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Yeskey Sr., and her brother.
Surviving are her husband of 30 years, Raymond DeSimone; three daughters, Patricia Cheek of Mt. Pleasant, Pamela Beranek of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Cynthia Heald of Dickerson Run; three sons, Ralph (Sue) Yeskey, Jeffrey Yeskey and Thomas Yeskey, all of Mt. Pleasant; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two stepsons, Raymond, David and Jeff DeSimone, all of the Avonmore area; and a step daughter, Christine DeSimone of the Avonmore area; eight step-grandchildren; three brothers; and one sister.
Family and friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 224 Summit St., Mt. Pleasant. A funeral Mass will be celebrated immediately following at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Inurnment will be in St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Following the funeral Mass, the family is inviting everyone attending to the Standard Shaft Citizens Club for a celebration of Florence’s life. Arrangements have been entrusted to Galone-Caruso Funeral Home, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant.
Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, [email protected] or via Twitter .