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Jean M. Yates

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HARTINGTON — Jean M. Yates, Hartington, died unexpectedly May 14, 2022, at her residence and will be terribly missed by Bill, her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was May 19 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial was at St. Michael’s Ceme

Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.

Visitation and a vigil service were Wednesday at church, and continued Thursday, one hour prior to services at church.

Pallbearers were Chad Lunders, Dan Laber, Joe Lunders, Dan Busse, John Jerman, and Jerry Hoffart. Arrangements were under the

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Jean M. Yates, daughter of Ben and Theresa (Zens) Lunders was born Oct. 18, 1940, at McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. She grew up on the family farm in Salem, S.D., and graduated from Saint Mary’s High School with the class of 1958. She continued her education at Mt. Marty College, Yankton, S.D., where she earned a degree as a medical technologist.

Jean married Bill Yates April 28, 1962, at Saint Mary’s Church, Salem, and was blessed with three children, Michael (Tammy) Yates, Michele (Pat) Klausen, and Patrick (Kim) Yates. She cherished her seven grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) McNaughton, Meagan (Trevor) Sasek, Madilyn and Morgan Bellile, Ethan and Molly Klausen, and Ellie Yates, and her great-granddaughter, Joelle McNaughton and a great-grandson, due in August.

Jean spent over 50 years in healthcare working at McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls; Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.; Osmond General Hospital, Osmond; and Avera Medical Clinic, Hartington. She was a 50-year member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and retired in December 2012. Jean was resolute in her faith and gave her time to church and school activities, including in the Liturgy Committee, Parish Council Secretary, Council of Catholic Women, CCD teacher, EMHC, Lector, Perpetual Adoration, Ministry of Praise, Christian Mothers, CDA and Prayer Group. Jean also served the community through the Cedar County Community Caretakers, the food pantry, Hospice (Ascera), Meals on Wheels, Cub Scout den mother, and a Girl Scout leader. Jean enjoyed traveling with Bill to many wonderful places and seeing family. She enjoyed riding the bus with Bill and cheering on the Cedar Catholic kids. She also cherished her time with her lady friends having coffee.

Jean is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Yates, Hartington; her children, Michael (Tammy) Yates, Pittsburgh, Pa; Michele (Pat) Klausen, Lincoln; and Patrick (Kim) Yates, Marshalltown, Iowa; grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) McNaughton, Meagan (Trevor) Sasek, Madilyn and Morgan Bellile, Ethan and Molly Klausen, and Ellie Yates; great-grandchild, Joelle McNaughton, and a great-grandson due in August, her sister, Lois (Joe) Laber, Bonesteel, S.D.; her brother, Ralph (Pat) Lunders, Omaha; a brother, Don Lunders, Eagan, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Robin Lunders, Mancos Colo., and Patti (Pat) Adams, Portland Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Theresa Lunders; her sister, Mary Lunders; brother, Rollin Lunders; and infant brother; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Ferdy and Em Peitz.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Cedar Catholic High School Endowment Fund or the Holy Trinity School Endowment Fund.