City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Lisa Marie Yanez

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Age 50.
Died 05/02/2023.

Lisa Marie Yanez
Lisa Marie Yanez Obituary, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Lisa Marie Yanez, beloved mother, sister, and daughter, passed unexpectedly on May 2, 2023. Lisa is survived by her two children, Zachary (12) and Addison Yanez (10), her parents Katherine Spiess and Mark Spiess, and by her sisters, Jasmine Spiess (John Wen) and Marilyn Mascitti (Stephen Mascitti).

She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 28, 1973. From the start, she was known for her drive and ambition, as well as her sense of humor and kindness. Lisa graduated as valedictorian of her class in Milton, Wisconsin. She went on to get her degree from The University of Chicago.

Lisa embarked on a career in the healthcare field fueled by her compassion, creativity, endless curiosity, and passion for helping others. After a decades-long, successful career in notable pharmaceutical companies, Lisa joined Aerami Therapeutics where she was a fierce advocate for those suffering from pulmonary hypertension. Her efforts led to her recent appointment as Chief Executive Officer. A colleague noted, “Lisa was a passionate, authentic leader who worked shoulder to shoulder with her colleagues, always focused on bringing solutions to help people live longer and better lives.”

Of all her accomplishments, Lisa’s family was her greatest source of pride and joy. Her children were the most important thing in her life; she was always supporting and spending time with them. Whether goofing around, playing in the backyard, watching movies, or traveling the world - everything Lisa did in life was for the love of Zachary and Addison.

She was a kind and generous person who always put others before herself and had a passion for helping those in need. She dedicated much of her time to volunteering at her children’s schools and in the community.

Lisa was so many things to so many people. She was generous with her advice and support and each person took something unique from their relationship with her. Those who have been left behind will never be able to forget her smile, her generosity, and her spirit. Lisa’s warmth and compassion touched the lives of countless people and inspired them to be better versions of themselves.

While her absence leaves a huge hole in our hearts, it is our privilege and responsibility to carry forward the light she brought to this world. We will love and miss her forever.

Zachary and Addison are in the loving care of their father Robert Yanez and Michelle Yanez

A memorial service will be held in Lisa's honor on Saturday, May 20th, at Raleigh Memorial Park, located at 7501 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, NC 27612. The service will begin at 2 PM in the Mausoleum Chapel and all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, Lisa's family requests that donations be made in her memory to one of the following organizations she supported throughout her life.

1. Angelman Syndrome Foundation (
2. Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (
3. Pulmonary Hypertension Association (

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

Simply having to reach out to a funeral home can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to simplify the entire funeral home experience and make the process as easy as possible. We hope to eliminate any unnecessary surprises by publishing our total cost and the services we provide directly on our website. All of our obituaries are provided free of charge as a way to help families celebrate and commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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