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In Memoriam: Sister Jan Youart

Sister Jan Youart, 83, of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana, died on Saturday, February 22, at the monastery.

Sister Jan, also known as Sister Mary Timothy, was born on February 2, 1937, in Shelbyville, IN. She was the oldest of three children of Hubert and Mildred Youart (Zinser). She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1955 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1957.

She is survived by one brother and his wife, Hal and Lynn Youart (Freihauf). She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Timothy and wife Jai (Johnson).

Sister Jan attended St. Benedict College in Ferdinand for her bachelor’s degree and Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa for her master’s degree. She also received the National Association of Catholic Chaplains certification. She worked as a teacher in Evansville and throughout Southern Indiana at Holy Rosary, St. Theresa, Christ the King, Sacred Heart, Holy Spirit, Holy Redeemer, St. Meinrad Elementary, and Holy Family. She also served as an administrative assistant, a chaplain at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN, an operator of a daily Spiritual Assistance Crisis Line and nightly Dial-A-Prayer program, and in supportive services and prayer ministry at Monastery Immaculate Conception.

Visitation will be at the monastery on Wednesday, February 26, from 4:00 to 6:45 p.m. EDT, with a vigil service following at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Thursday, February 27, from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

The funeral Mass will be in the monastery church at 3:30 p.m., followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.

Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand will oversee the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand