02/25/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Laura Yacobi Bateman
Laura Anne Yacobi
(26 Jan 1929 - 24 Feb 2008)
St. Vincent de Paul High
School Class of 194_
Friends and Schoolmates,
The sad news continues.
Laura Anne Yacobi Bateman died in Newport
News on Sunday, February 24, 2008 at the age of 79.
From Fred Field (June '45) of
CA - 02/25/08 - "
Laura Bateman Obit":
This morning's Daily Press has the obituary of
Laura Yacobi, widow of our classmate of June 1945 Class of NNHS,
Rep. Herbert Bateman
(07 Aug 1928 - 15 Sept 2000).
Condolences may be left on the guest book.....
Fred W. Field
Thank you, Fred.
From the Daily Press -
HERBERT H. BATEMAN, 72, UNITED
United States Congressman
Herbert Harvell Bateman, age
72, died in his sleep on Monday, Sept. 11, 2000.
Rep. Bateman is survived by his wife of 46
years, Laura Yacobi Bateman; a daughter Laura
Margaret Bateman; a son, Herbert
Harvell Bateman Jr. and his wife, Mary Hazelwood
Bateman; three grandchildren, Mary Emmett "Emmy"
Bateman, Herbert H.
"Hank" Bateman III and Samuel Adams
Bateman; two sisters, Ruth B. Hudgins of Star Tannery, Va.,
and Elizabeth Vick of Courtland, Va. Congressman Bateman
was preceded in death by his father, Elbert E. Bateman
, mother, Edna Buffkin Bateman, and two
brothers, Elbert E. Bateman and Robert Harrison
Congressman Bateman was proud to serve in the
United States Congress, representing as he lovingly referred to it,
"America's First District."
Congressman Bateman graduated from Newport
News High School and The College of William and Mary. Rep.
Bateman taught at Hampton High School and served
in the United States Air Force. Congressman Bateman
graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, then served as a
law clerk for U.S. Judge Walter Bastian, Fourth Circuit Court of
Appeals, District of Columbia. Rep. Bateman
returned home to Newport News and practiced law with the Newport
News firm of Jones, Blechman, Woltz and Kelly, P.C.
Rep. Bateman was elected to the Virginia
State Senate in 1967 and served in that capacity for 15 years, until
he was elected to serve in the United States House of
Representatives. He was proudest of his legislative record and
accomplishments in the Senate of Virginia, where he was known for
his ability to work with legislators of both political parties and
to champion and repair legislation of substance. Rep.
Bateman was a proud sponsor of the state legislation
creating the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC).
Rep. Bateman served as state president of
the Virginia Jaycees and as national legal counsel for the United
States Jaycees. He was a member of the Peninsula Arena Auditorium
Authority, which had the foresight to build the Hampton Coliseum,
chairman of the United Way Campaign, honorary chairman of the Heart
Walk of the Virginia Peninsula and a devoted friend and advocate for
the Peninsula Youth Challenge. Rep. Bateman
was involved in many other civic and charitable pursuits and was
ever the champion of those in need.
Congressman Bateman considered it his
greatest honor to represent America's First District and to serve as
a representative of all Virginians. Congressman Bateman
was known for his ability to build consensus on legislation in
Congress and was a master of the legislative and parliamentary
process. Congressman Bateman's success was
enhanced due to his ability to transcend politics and see that
substantive matters were dealt with in a responsible and efficient
Prior to Congressman Bateman 's death, he
had announced his intention not to seek a 10th term in Congress. He
looked forward to coming back to Newport News and continuing to
serve the community he loved, as well as to spent time with his
three grandchildren and the rest of his family. Rep.
Bateman was a true Virginia statesman, a wonderful
husband and a devoted Dad and "Poppy."
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News. Interment
will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive
friends at a brief prayer service to be conducted at Our Lady of Mt.
Carmel Church at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept.14, with visitation to
The family of Congressman Bateman
requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart
Walk of the Virginia Peninsula, c/o CENIT Bank, 110 Ottis Street,
Yorktown, VA 23693; the American Cancer Society, 729 Thimble Shoals
Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606; The College of William and Mary,
c/o President's Office, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187; or
the charity of choice.
Published in the Daily Press
on Wednesday, September 13, 2000.
From the Daily Press -
Laura Anne Yacobi Bateman
NEWPORT NEWS - Laura Anne
Yacobi Bateman of Newport News, widow of Representative Herbert H.
Bateman, passed away peacefully on Feb. 24 after a valiant battle with
Laura was born Jan. 26, 1929, in Wilmington, N.C., but arrived in
Newport News shortly thereafter. She was the oldest daughter of Xavier
Francis and Laura Margaret Piedmont Yacobi and loving sister to X.F.
Yacobi Jr., John Carroll Piedmont Yacobi, James Randolph Yacobi, the
Honorable Robert Mark Yacobi, Jeanne Marie Yacobi Turley, Patrick Daniel
Yacobi, Elizabeth Camille Yacobi. She attended St. Vincent de Paul High
School in Newport News, where she was a star basketball player, and then
attended Nazareth College in Bardstown, Ky., where she received her
degree. Laura returned to the Peninsula to work at the Langley Research
Center of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics until her
marriage to Herbert Harvell Bateman in 1954.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert H. Bateman; her father
and mother, X.F. and Laura Margaret Piedmont Yacobi; brother, X.F.
Yacobi Jr.; sister, Jeanne Marie Turley.
A devoted wife, mother, sister and friend, Laura was an inspiration to
all who had the pleasure to know her. She was a constant partner and
guiding light to her husband as his career in law and public service
took hold. With her husband every step of the way, their journey was one
of dedication and love of the Commonwealth and the Virginia Peninsula.
In Newport News, Laura was actively involved in the community as a
member of the Hilton Woman's Club, and served as the first president of
the Virginia Bar Association Auxiliary (Virginia Lawyer's Wives).
When her husband was elected to represent America's First Congressional
District in Congress, she continued her service involving herself in the
Congressional Club, an organization founded in 1908 and consists of
present and current Congressional spouses. Her service included
leadership positions on the board, as well as active and sought after
expertise with the First Ladies Luncheon and the cookbook committees.
She served as president of the 98th Congressional Class.
Her love and devotion to the Peninsula was recognized when she had the
distinct honor to serve as the sponsor for the christening of the attack
submarine Hampton (SSN767), Sept. 28, 1991. Following the Hampton's
every move, and taking her role as sponsor very seriously, she was
involved with the Society of Sponsors, an organization for those that
sponsor U.S. Naval vessels.
Laura was active in the Mason Scholar Select Committee of George Mason
University for the First Congressional District, Executive Board of
Congressional Spouses for Human Rights, Congressional Wives for Soviet
Jewry, Congressional Wives for Medical Research, National Mental Health
Association, Child Mental Health Interest Group, National Museum of
Women in the Arts, the Washington International Club and Congressional
Spouses for Drug Free Youth. In Newport News, she was a longtime
parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and was a member of the St.
Valentine's Guild, as well as a volunteer on the funeral reception
committee. She was a past board member of Peninsula Catholic High School
and the board of directors of The Mariners' Museum and the Museum's
Bronze Door Society.
Laura is survived by her son, Herbert Harvell (Bert) Bateman, Jr. and his
wife, Mary Hazelwood Bateman; daughter, Laura Margaret Bateman; and
three grandchildren, Mary Emmett Bateman, Herbert H. Bateman, III, Samuel
Adams Bateman; brothers, John Carroll Piedmont Yacobi and his wife,
Nancy, of Greenville, S.C., James Randolph Yacobi and his wife, Jeanette
of Hampton, the Honorable Robert Mark Yacobi and his wife, Peggy, of
Williamsburg, Patrick Daniel Yacobi of Hampton; and sister, Elizabeth
Camille Yacobi and her husband, Jim Cook, of Tallahassee, Fla.; and a
host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News.
A funeral Mass is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Mount
Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News with burial to follow at
Peninsula Memorial Park.
A memorial has been established in honor of Laura Y. Bateman at The
Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.
Published in the Daily
Press on 2/25/2008.
and family: You are in our hearts and prayers. Your mother will be fondly
Bill and Debbie
Vaccarelli and all your friends at Danny's Deli (Newport News, VA)
- February 25, 2008
Laura Bateman was a great friend and very compassionate. She was a great
wife and leader for Herbert Bateman. I have known both of them and worked
with Mr. Bateman in their campaigns. She was a wonderful friend and a fine
example of serving her community and country. She will be missed by all.
(Newport News, VA) - February 25, 2008
My heart is broken today. Ms. B
was far more than Laura's mother. She was like a mother to me. I have so
many wonderful memories of times at the Bateman home, of trips and countless
hours of conversation. I feel so blessed to have known Ms. B. What an
incredible person. All my love to (little) Laura, Bert and Mary and to one
of the most extraordinary women I have ever known.
Robin Hogg Huddle
- February 25, 2008
To Cam and all the Yacobi Clan:
Oh what sweet memories I have of my times growing up on the peninsula and
the Yacobi family. Laura was one of my heroes. Cam please know that I love
you and wish I could be at your side today. I am there in your heart as you
are in mine. I am so blessed to have known Laura and all the Yacobi family.
Barbara Gorcys Deane
(Shreveport, LA) - February 25, 2008
Dear Cam and Family,
My prayers are with you at this sad time of Laura Anne's passing...her life
is an inspiration. If 'the greatest of these is love'...then you Cam and
your dear sister enjoyed greatness in the love you have shared. God bless
the entire Yacobi family...
- February 25, 2008
You are in our thoughts and
Dan, Shelby, Kelsey
& Bryce Yacobi (Mechanicsville, VA) -
February 25, 2008
thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories
bring you comfort.
(Newport News, VA) - February 25, 2008
Our sincerest sympathies are
extended to the Bateman and Yabobi families and their many friends at this time.
Y'all take good care of each
other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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