Pauline Wood Yasinski

Wilder, Vt. — Pauline Wood Yasinski, daughter of William Jefferson Wood and Hester Martin Wood, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, after 95 years of long, good life. She was predeceased by her much-loved husband, Bill, and her second son, Andy, as well as two brothers, Elwin and WJ, and her sister, Evelyn. She leaves three children, Arnie, Cindy, and Jim; as well as nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Born in Pilot, Va., south of Roanoke, she lived in a variety places in the northeast, mid-atlantic, and south, but nowhere as long as in her transplanted home, Vermont.

She was a member of the greatest generation and a woman of intelligence and accomplishment who cared much for others. Following graduation from Spartanburg Junior College in South Carolina, she became a registered nurse after study at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. She worked at large city hospitals in Baltimore and Richmond and assumed responsibility beyond her years by serving as head night nurse in Richmond from the age of 21.

Early in World War II, she married Lt. Bill Yasinski of Fair Haven, Vt. While he served overseas, she earned a bachelor’s in nursing at the University of Vermont and worked as an operating room nurse in Bellows Falls. Following the war, she and Bill settled for a while in Hanover and then Norwich, until his work with the Veterans Administration took them to a variety of states and cities before they returned permanently to Vermont in 1971. During their sojourn, she gave birth to and raised four children and worked periodically as a specialized care nurse and school nurse. After Bill’s death in 1985, she continued to live in and near Norwich until her own death.

She was a long-time member of Norwich Congregational Church and an active volunteer at the local library. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, an accomplished and caring nurse, as well as a brilliant, self-taught cook, and sometime amateur artist. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 20 at the Norwich Congregational Church at 11 a.m. in Norwich, Vt. Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to Pauline’s family in an online guestbook at

Memorial contributions may be made to: Upper Valley Haven, 745 Hartford Avenue, White River Jct., VT 05001 or to a charity of one’s choice.