Steven A. Yeanish

Steven Albert Yeanish
June 17, 1954-June 22, 2021
On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Steven A. Yeanish, our much beloved family
member passed away at the age of 67 following a lengthy illness.
Steve was born on June 17, 1954 in Pottstown, PA to Jay A. & Ruth M.
(Bath) Yeanish. Steve graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in
1972. Prior to and after graduation Steve worked at Collegeville Inn,
Perkiomen Bridge Hotel, both in Collegeville, PA and then at Brookside
Country Club, Pottstown, PA. With a burning desire to become a
professional chef, he furthered his education by attending the Culinary
Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY and graduated with honors in 1974.
After graduation from CIA, Steve worked briefly at Milos Country House,
PA and then returned to Brookside Country Club as Head Chef. In 1987,
Steve proudly purchased his own restaurant/bed & breakfast, The Oley
Valley Inn, a popular dining spot in Berks county until 2008. Upon closing
the Inn, Steve wrote and published Oley Valley Inn “A Culinary Journey”
and found it necessary to retire after his 40-plus year career, due to health
Steve was well known for his cooking talents, as well as being a master
cake baker, decorator, ice sculptor creator and floral designer. Earlier in
his career he entered and won many culinary competitions. He was
known by all who knew him for his quick wit and kind and compassionate
Steve was predeceased by his brothers, Ray & Charles and a niece, Tracy.
He is survived by a brother, John, as well as three sisters, Mary Lou Perry, Ruth Ann Chonka & Jayne
Gunkle. He is also survived by one niece, Carol, three nephews, Eric, Scot and Fred as well as,
three great nieces, Sydney, Kenzie and Lauren and three great nephews,
Mason, Conner and Luke.
Internment will be at Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick, PA. The
burial will be private. Donations can be made to the ASPCA

8 Condolences
  1. My deepest condolences to the whole family. Steve was a kind and caring man who touched all who knew him. His creative talents were exceptional. I had the honor of eating many of his glorious creations for many years at the Inn and shared all of our family’s special occations at his tables – from birthdays, anniversaries and our son’s wedding breakfast. He created beautiful floral arrangements for my home that graced the entrance for 20 years and was honored to be a guest in his home as he was in mine. Rest now, Steve, you lived a beautiful life and deserve the peace you have now found.

  2. My condolences to The family of Steve. I met Steve about 10 yrs ago and though we didn’t talk daily, we did become close friends. The last couple years or so we’re rough for Steve with his health. Though I will miss him, I am grateful he is no longer suffering. Happy he is at peace now.
    Love u my friend.

  3. Sympathy to the family for your loss. I have known Steve for many years. He was my Bubbala, as we called each other. I have to thank Barrie for always being his friend & support through good times & bad up until the end. It was rough sometimes but he told me you were always wonderful to him & could always count on you. Rest In Peace Bubbala you are whole & healthy now. Love you Stevie!

  4. Many memories of Steve – so much talent and compassion towards others. A kind heart and a special man. Rest well my friend

  5. Thank you Janet for your kind words. Steve was an important part of my life for many years. I have taken him in to my home many times when he had nowhere to go. He called me after his 4 months in Philadelphia with a live in nurse and said can I come to your place. He was here 2 weeks before he went into hospice. I will cherish then many years that we spent together. Thank you for taking care of him at the Wound Care center.

  6. Steve was a very special person who loved others unconditionally. He showed me the beauty of life in so many ways. I can still hear his voice and see his special smile that showed you he was enjoying being with you that day. I miss you so much already but my heart is filled with happiness knowing you are with your family in peace .
    My condolences to the family , you had a very special brother 🙏🏻
    Dawn Smith

  7. I had the pleasure of working at the Oley Valley Inn during my high school years. Steve was always gracious, helpful, and patient with us, as newcomers to a higher end hospitality setting. Learned ALOT from that place, and I believe it helped me greatly in my future hospitality career. Condolences to Barry, and everyone else.

  8. I will miss Steve’s friendship, kindness, and humor. He was a true friend. We would reconnect after years and it was like we had seen each other yesterday.. An artist in food and flowers, his creations gave us a glimpse of the beauty he saw in simple things.
    His love of family, friends and his pets gave him comfort to the end. I’m so glad to have spent a few hours with him on Friday 6/18 at Seasons Hospice.
    Jayne and Ruth Ann I remember fun times when I worked with Steve a short while at Brookside. I hope you and your family have lasting love and memories equal to the strength of your mom’s booties.

    Sending my love a prayer.
    Betsy Cornell

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