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Dena Yeagley

Dena L Yeagley

Friday, September 16th, 1955 - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
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Dena Yeagley, 64, of State College died of natural causes Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at home.

Born September 16, 1955 in State College, she was the youngest child of Henry Yeagley Jr., and Becky Yeagley.

For decades, Dena has been the most important figure in the State College skating community. An accomplished figure skater in her own right, she trained in both State College and Hershey PA. At just 16 years old, Dena earned a gold medal in ice dance, U.S. Figure Skating's highest test achievement.

After graduating from State College Area High School, Dena went on to earn her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She returned to State College in 1980 to take up the newly formed position of Skating Director at the brand-new Penn State Greenberg Ice Pavilion.

As the first Skating Director at Penn State, and an Instructor in the Kinesiology Department, Dena was the creator and guiding force behind the many programs and events that became hallmarks of the successful program that she built. Thousands of Penn State students took her Ice-Skating classes, which were hugely popular and always full. For decades, local skaters both youth and adults learned to skate through the Ice Pavilion’s group lesson program she supervised. Dena directed the Penn State Skating Camps, which hosted young skaters from all over the country for two weeks of intensive training (and fun) each summer. Her crowning achievement was the creation of Ice Rhythms, the Penn State Ice Show. Under her guidance, the show grew to a highly polished, professional showcase of the talent developed at Penn State, along with national and world-level guest performers. Year after year, Ice Rhythms shows sold out every seat in the Ice Pavilion.

Dena was a Master Rated Free Skating Coach with the Professional Skaters Association and earned the distinction of being a Level IV Coach (National) through the accomplishments of her students.

Along with her program director accomplishments, Dena's legacy lives on in the many, many lives she touched as their individual skating coach. Dena coached hundreds of skaters in her nearly 40-year career. Dena was a wonderful, dedicated professional who cared deeply about her students and their well-being on and off the ice. Dena served as a mentor and example of professionalism for the many young coaches who started their careers on her staff. She has been an integral part of the State College skating community, Nittany Valley Skating Club, and Penn State Skating Program for decades. Her loss is immeasurable, and she will be deeply missed by so many people.

Dena was predeceased by her beloved daughter Abigail, who died November 30, 2003, at the age of 10, from carbon monoxide poisoning. Dena honored Abby's life and legacy by starting the Abby Yeagley Foundation, which supports local figure skaters. Dena also dedicated herself to educating others on the need for CO detectors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Abby Yeagley Memorial Figure Skating Fund, managed by the Centre Foundation:

Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc 228 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Centre Hall, PA 16828. Services will be held at a later date. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at
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Erik H Yeagley

Posted at 08:07pm
My dear cousin, SO sad that you are gone too soon. Growing up, always enjoyed the Yeagley family gatherings on the holidays! Thankgiving and Easter's at Bammy and Bamps' in Carlisle. I remember an early Christmas gathering at your parent's house in State College and then having Christmas gatherings at my parents house in subsequent years. BBQ's as well. You were always a joy to be around! I'm sad but thankful knowing that the heartache over the years of losing Abby is now over. Be at peace my dear cousin. I will always remember you fondly and will miss you greatly! With much love and sorrow...

Erik Yeagley, your cousin.

barbara mateer

Posted at 09:09am
Dena was a lovely remarkable woman. We send our deepest sympathy to her family. John and Barbara Mateer

Pat M Davis

Posted at 04:25pm
We met Dena when our young sons started skating when the Greenberg rink was new. Our three daughters followed in figure skating and became involved in Ice Shows, skating camp and lessons. We were fond of both Abby and Dena. ❤️

gay Hamilton

Posted at 09:01pm
Dena was a friend from long ago, part of a huge family of skaters from all over. It is amazing how quickly her news reached across the waves - a testament to how much she was admired and loved even with all the years and miles that separate our old ‘gang’. Deepest condolences to all her family and friends. Good memories.

Gay Hamilton, Ottawa, Canada

Kristine Davis

Posted at 06:21pm
Rest in Peace my dear friend. You will be missed for the rest of time. May God hold you and Abby, together, in his hands and give you comfort and peace.
Kristine Karl Davis

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