Sister Mary Amata Yackshaw, CHM


Sister Mary Amata Yackshaw, 89, died Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston, Iowa.

On Monday, April 18 Rosary is at 4:00, Vigil at 7:00 p.m. at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel, Johnston. Visitation at the Humility of Mary Center, Magnificat Chapel, 820 W. Central Park Ave. in Davenport is Tuesday, April 19; Rosary at 4:00 and Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass is Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. in Magnificat Chapel. Burial follows in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Catherine Deo Yackshaw was born April 14, 1922 in Clinton, Iowa to John and Catherine Therese Hyde Yackshaw. On September 8, 1948, she entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, professing vows on July 28, 1951.

She received a BA from Marycrest College, Davenport, an RN from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Des Moines, and Nurse Anesthetist Certification from St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL. She served as a nurse and anesthetist assistant at St. Joseph and Ottumwa Regional hospitals in Ottumwa, IA from 1950 to 1990. For the following six years she engaged in numerous volunteer activities in Ottumwa and is remembered especially for filling Easter baskets for the poor.


She retired to the Humility of Mary Center in 1996 and in 1999 to the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center where she resided until her death.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Humility of Mary.

Sister Mary Amata was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John and Robert, sisters Emily, Helen Behlke, and Mary Lorraine Low. She is survived by her sister Mardelle Wood, numerous nieces and nephews and sisters and associates of her religious community.

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