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Brigitte Yearman

June 11, 1935 ~ February 17, 2018

Service: February 21, 2018 2:00 P.M.
   Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Brigitte Zobel Yearman, 82, entered fully into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 17th.  She was born June 11, 1935, to Hans and Elisabeth Zobel.  The family moved to Kiel on the Baltic coast to find work and was living there when Kiel became a major Allied Forces bombing target during World War II.  From ages five to twenty, Brigitte survived the war, Russian military occupation, the refugee experience, and the harsh German reconstruction years.  A resourceful, creative, and determined child, Brigitte’s 2017 memoir “Don’t Say Anything to Anybody” recounts her incredible survival story.

As a young adult, Brigitte lived in Bavaria and worked in various hotels in the new post-war economy.  While living near an American base, she met the Special Forces Green Beret Master Sergeant Don R. Yearman.  The two married on January 7, 1964. They eventually moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, near Fort Bragg, where they lived and raised four daughters:  Angelika Yearman, Evelyn Morales, Christina Yearman, and Mary Ann Staab.

While raising her girls, Brigitte was also involved in her community, Church, and volunteer work.

Brigitte loved to listen to classical music and was well-known among friends and family for the porcelain figurines that she painted in exquisite detail.

When Don passed away in 2006, Brigitte visited her daughter, Christina, in Bozeman, Montana.  It was here that she met Frank Schledorn, who became a dear companion to her in recent years.  Brigitte also met co-author, Anika Hanisch, who helped her write her war survival memoir “Don’t Say Anything to Anybody.” 

With the constant caring support of Frank, Christina, and Anika, Brigitte finished her book and saw it published in 2017.  She was able to attend two major book signings, and enjoyed the abundant loving and healing feedback that her international readership provided. 

She is survived by her loving companion, Frank Schledorn, of Bozeman; brothers, Rainer and Wolfgang, and sister Elke Brietlauch of Germany; daughters, Angelika Yearman of Fayetteville, NC, Evelyn Morales of Houston, TX, Christina Yearman of Bozeman, and Mary Ann Staab of Sumter, SC; and “bonus” daughter, Marlo Arhun of Bozeman.  She is also survived by grandchildren, Jimi Morales of San Francisco, CA, Bob Hartley of Bozeman, MT, Nickolas Staab (Alma Jo)of  Chicago, IL, Kathryn Staab (Ryan) Sumter of SC, and Keelan Yearman,Sumter of SC; and great-grandchildren, Jade & Zoe Staab of Chicago, IL.

She is also survived by extended family; and Frank’s children, Rick Schledorn (Betty) of VA, Patty Maashal of Billings, MT, Lyn Speakman (Fred) of Washington, and Laurel Lint of CA.

Brigitte had such a loving spirit and will be deeply missed by a vast circle of family, friends, and readers worldwide.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held this Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Bozeman.

Memorial gifts in Brigitte’s honor may be made to the Bozeman Health Foundation with a notation for the Cancer Center, 931 Highland Blvd., St. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.

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