Yolanda L. McClease, 58, of New Haven, was called home on March 24, 2022. Yolanda was born in New Haven, CT, on December 17, 1963, the daughter of the late George Otto McClease Sr. and Thelma Marie McClease.

She graduated from Wilbur Cross receiving the award of Salutatorian and went on to study at Boston University receiving a bachelor’s degree in engineering she later went on to study at Case Western where she received her masters degree. Yolanda did an internship at IBM and after graduating became a permanent employee. After working briefly for IBM she later accepted a position at Raytheon Technologies as a software engineer where she worked for over 30 years.

Yolanda was a hard worker and she loved to explore and learn new things. She was loved by her family, friends, and colleagues. Yolanda’s presence was felt wherever she went and her energy would light up a room. Yolanda was committed to her family, profession and to her community.

Yolanda leaves to cherish loving memories, her brothers, George O. McClease Jr. (Laura) and Gerald O. McClease Sr. (Deborah); nieces and a nephew, Ebony, Cassandra, Gerald Jr., Jada and Taya McClease; seven great nephews; a special cousin, Lisa McClease; and a host of other relatives and friends. Yolanda had two dogs that she loved and cherished dearly (Ginger and Bobo).

A celebration of Yolanda’s life will be held Monday, April 4, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church, 782 Orchard St., New Haven. A viewing will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 A.M. The burial will be in Hamden Plains Cemetery.