In Loving

Isidore Yohai

Jun 27, 1925Apr 15, 2017

Obituary message

Isidore (Iz) Yohai, 91, of Richmond, VA, died on April 15, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, Florence Landolfi Yohai; his sons, Steve Yohai (Janice) and Ron Yohai (Cathy); grandchildren, Alex Yohai, Aaron Yohai and Olivia Yohai; nieces, Diane Clements (Marshall), and Cheryl LoBue (Joe); as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews. Iz was born on June 27, 1925 in Havana, Cuba, to Mary and Joseph Yohai. He entered the United States through Ellis Island and became a proud American citizen, serving his country in World War II. In 1947, Iz married Florence, his high school sweetheart, the love of his life and his ardent helpmate. They enjoyed and celebrated almost 70 years of marriage together, living in New York, New Jersey, Florida and finally in Richmond. Iz was a beloved son, a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He retired from IBM, was a Big Brother and in his retirement was a substitute teacher, happily sharing with young students his wealth of knowledge and experience. As an immigrant, Iz always remembered the welcoming shining torch of the Statue of Liberty, and the lines from Emma Lazarus’ poem: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free…” He will always be remembered for his spirit, his love of family and his appreciation of the freedom and opportunities of the United States of America. Services will be private.