Jean Yates

Jean M. Yates age 81 of Hartington, Nebraska passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at her residence and will be terribly missed by Bill, her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She will forever and always be loved and missed in our hearts.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael’s cemetery in Hartington.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, at church, from 5-7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday one hour prior to services at church.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Chad Lunders, Dan Laber, Joe Lunders, Dan Busse, John Jarman, and Jerry Hoffart.

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

Jean married Bill Yates on April 28, 1962 at Saint Mary’s Church in Salem, SD 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 grandchild, Joelle McNaughton and a great grandson due in August.

Jean spent over 50 years in healthcare working at Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls SD, Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton SD, Osmond General Hospital in Osmond NE and Avra Medical Clinic in 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 Cathlic 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 cherished her time with her lady friends having coffee.

Jean is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Yates of Hartington, NE, her children Michael (Tammy) Yates of Pittsburgh, PA, Michele (Pat) Klausen of Lincoln, NE, and Patrick (Kim) Yates of Marshalltown, IA; 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 of Bonesteel SD, her brother Ralph (Pat) Lunders of Omaha NE, a brother Don Lunders of Eagan MN, sister-in-law Robin Lunders of Mancos CO, sister-in-law Patti (Pat) Adams of Portland OR, 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 directed to the Cedar Catholic High School Endowment Fund or the Holy Trinity School Endowment Fund.

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7 response to "Jean Yates"

  1. By: Barb Feilmeier Posted: May 15, 2022

    My condolences to the family.
    Jean and I go back to Mount Marty, both lab techs and married guys from Harrington. My in-laws lived across the street and our children played with Jean and Bill’s when visiting their grandparents . Prayers and thoughts coming your way

  2. By: Mike and Kathleen Wagner Posted: May 16, 2022

    We are so sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. We won’t be able to come to celebrate her life due to Kath’s deteriorating health with Parkinson’s, but know that you all are in our prayers.

    Blessings, Mike

  3. By: Timara and Mark Kroeger Posted: May 16, 2022

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. One of my best memories of Jean was at our wedding when she missed throwing the bird seed when we left church so she came up to us at the reception and threw, as we all laughed!
    Love you all! Take care.

  4. By: Timara and Mark Kroeger Posted: May 16, 2022

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. One of my best memories of Jean was at our wedding when she missed throwing the bird seed at us as we left church so she came up to us at the reception and threw, as we all laughed!
    Love you all! Take care.

  5. By: Mary and Scott Posted: May 17, 2022

    When I met Jean at a family reunion, I asked her a question. “What would Ferdie say about the loss of our son?” She replied, “Ferdie would say your son was a good man.” Your wise words have brought me so much comfort. You are a great women. Now I am asking Ferdie to bring comfort to all those left behind, especially Bill! Mary and Scott Thielen

  6. By: wintzray Posted: May 18, 2022

    When I first met Jean at a family Nebraska reunion I asked her this question. “What would Ferdie say about the loss of our son?” She took a few minutes to reply and she said this. “Ferdie would say that your son was a good man.” Those few words have brought me so much comfort. Now I am asking Ferdie to bring some comfort to those who are left behind, especially, Bill. Help dry his tears. Mary and Scott Thielen

  7. By: Tracy schmidt Posted: May 24, 2022

    I was out of town for the last 10 days and just heard of Jean’s passing. She was a great coworker and friend to me during our time at the clinic. My sympathy and prayers are with your family. ❤️📿

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