Sister Yvonne Jenn, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 91, died Oct. 5, 2002, at Villa St. Joseph.
Sister Yvonne was born to Aloysius and Louise (Winninger) Jenn on Oct. 18, 1910, in Hills, Iowa. She entered St. Rose Convent on Aug. 12, 1930, and made profession of vows in 1933. Entering the field of healthcare, she began her career as a registered nurse in hospitals in Idaho, Iowa, and La Crosse, Wis. In 1936 she began Gerard Hall, a home for unwed mothers, in La Crosse. Doctors at St. Francis Hospital, La Crosse, asked her to start a nurse anesthesia education program, which she did, and was the director from 1942 to 1982. She was a charter member of the board of trustees of the American Association of Respiratory Therapists which was begun in 1960. Sister Yvonne was the first to pass that group's written and oral examinations and wrote the code of ethics adopted by the association.
She received the Agatha Hodgins Award and the Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Robert H. Miller, Registered Respiratory Technician, Award, and the Spheres of Influence Award from St. Francis Medical Center in 1983. After 1982 she worked as a volunteer nurse until her retirement to St. Rose Convent in 1998 and to the Villa in 2000.
Sister Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.
Friends may call after 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, when the body will be met at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Rev. Bill Brock, pastor of St. James Parish, Denver, Colorado, and former student, will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial in Mary of the Angels Chapel, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.
Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-8800.
Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
From La Crosse Tribune, 2002-10-06
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