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Janis Yaekel Sr.

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Janis Yaekel Sr. Obituary
Sr. Janis Yaekel

Sr. Janis Yaekel, ASC, 66, of Ruma, Illinois, born in Belleville, Illinois, on August 2, 1951, the youngest of four children, passed away at 2:00 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Ruma Convent, Ruma, Illinois.

Janis made her first profession on June 1, 1980, and her final vows on August 14, 1983. Sister Janis' ministry included teaching and parish ministry, retreat work and spiritual direction. The majority of her years, however, were given to serving as Coordinator of Earthworks in Donaldson, Indiana, a joint venture with the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Sr. Janis earned her bachelor's degree in Social Studies from Notre Dame College, St. Louis, in 1973, and her master's in Religious Education at St. Meinrad School of Theology, Ferdinand, Indiana in 1980.

Her ministry included teaching at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, IL, serving as Parish Minister at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Ozark, MO, as Director of the Center of Peace in Ruma, as Coordinator of Earthworks, an organic garden and farm in Plymouth, IN, and as ministry team member and retreat director at King's House Retreat Center in Belleville, IL.

She authored the book Embracing the Sacred Seasons of Lent and Easter and wrote numerous reflections on the liturgy and other spiritual topics.

She spent eight years at Earthworks in Indiana. These years nourished her belief in reverence for all living things. She recognized that Humanity and Nature are closely connected; this gives us a responsibility for all creatures and for our part in the continued health of our planet: "The earth can get along without us, but we cannot get along without the earth."

Health concerns brought Sister Janis to the Ruma Center in 2012. She struggled for six years with pancreatic cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Paula (nee Platzkoester) Yaekel.

Surviving are her three brothers, Jim (Rosie) Yaekel, Jerry (Eve) Yaekel and Jack (Kathleen) Yaekel; numerous nieces; nephews; and members of the U.S. Region of Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

Donations in memory of Sr. Janis Yaekel may be sent to the ASC Retirement Fund, 4233 Sulphur Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63109 or online at www.adorers.org "Support our Ministries" To view this obituary and sign the register book, visit www.wpfh.net

Visitation: Visitation is on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again Friday, May 18, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Ruma Center Chapel, Ruma, Illinois. Prayer Service starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Services: Mass of Christian Burial starts at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, at Ruma Center Chapel, Ruma, Illinois. Interment in Convent Cemetery Ruma, Illinois.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 16, 2018
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