S. Yvonne Duppong OSB, age 94, died on Saturday, June 27, 2015. A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 2, at 10:30 AM, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton, South Dakota. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Eleanora was born on September 6, 1920, the second child of twelve to Anton and Anna (Wert) Duppong of Glen Ullin, North Dakota. She attended Sacred Heart School in Glen Ullin and Curlew Country School. After completing grade school, she was employed in domestic work at Sacred Heart Rectory in Glen Ullin. Eleanora entered Sacred Heart Monastery in November 1942. She was invested as a novice on June 23, 1943 and received the name Yvonne. She made first profession on June 24, 1944 and made final profession on June 24, 1947
S. Yvonne spent several years in the Ecclesiastical Vestment Department, and as assistant housekeeper for the chaplains at Sacred Heart Monastery. She was assigned to the Bishop's residence in Sioux Falls from 1950-52 and from 1960-62. In 1969 while she was in Victoria, British Columbia, she became convinced of her call to work with the aged and handicapped. In May 1972, she received a degree in Sociology from Mount Marty College. She began ministry to the aged in Canon City, Colorado and later at Madonna Care Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. After receiving clinical pastoral education in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1983, she began pastoral care ministry. From 1984 to 1989, she ministered in Albion, Nebraska, and then continued pastoral ministry in Mandan, North Dakota. She retired to the monastery in Yankton in 1992 and worked in Care Center as Activities Director until 1997.
S. Yvonne, a talkative, helpful person, was generous with her time. She enjoyed receiving cards and letters, reviewing them often and praying for others. She was interested in people and devoted to her family and her hometown of Glen Ullin. S. Yvonne believed that those who had gone before her in this life were spiritually and intuitively present and connected with her forever.
S. Yvonne is survived by her Benedictine community and her siblings: Emma Braun, Catherine Fox, Teresa Clark, Mary Graeme, Esther Karch, and Clarence Duppong, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Carl, Albert, and Edwin, and her sisters: Eva Schirado and Helen Duppong.
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