sister jeanene yackey

60th Jubilee

Sister Jeanene Yackey was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1956 and was received into the novitiate as Sister Gerald Marie in 1957. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1964, a master’s degree in biology from Brown University in Providence in 1969, and a doctorate in biology from Idaho State University in 1983.

Sister Jeanene dedicated 40 years of ministry to education.

She began teaching in the 1960s at grade schools St. John and James in St. Louis; St. Rita’s in St. Louis; and St. Viator in Chicago. From 1964 to 1967, she taught high school at the Spalding Institute in Peoria, Illinois.

After completion of her master’s degree, she continued teaching on the high school level at St. Joseph’s in Atlanta (1968-1970); Roncalli in Indianapolis (1970-1971); and St. Thomas Aquinas in Florissant, Missouri (1971-1978).

Sister Jeanene was on the faculty at Fontbonne from 1978 to 2001. After earning her doctorate, she continued at Fontbonne from 1983 to 2001 as a faculty member, science department chair and director of the Fontbonne Science Academy. She also taught at Webster University in 1997 and at St. Charles County Community College from 1998 to 2001. During this time, Sister Jeanene also chaired the steering committee and fund raising committee for the St. Louis Women's Build, Habitat for Humanity Project.

From 2007 to 2013, Sister Jeanene served at the St. Joseph’s Academy Convent in St. Louis as an administrator.  

Since 2013, she has served her Sisters of St. Joseph community as an assistant in the Finance Office at the St.  Joseph Provincial House in St. Louis and on various committees.

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