Mt. Pleasant woman helped organize girls softball | TribLIVE.com
Obituary Stories

Mt. Pleasant woman helped organize girls softball

Joe Napsha
1628481_web1_gtr-DeSimoneobit-090519

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 .

Categories: News | Obituaries
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.