Obituary: Sister Dolores Yanshak, OSU

| 04/16/2024

By: The Good Newsroom

For almost 40 years, she ministered to the Indonesian people, serving in various capacities

Sister Dolores Yanshak, OSU (a.k.a Mary Consilia), entered eternal life peacefully on Saturday, April 13, at the Westchester Medical Center.
Sister Dolores Yanshak, OSU (a.k.a Mary Consilia), entered eternal life peacefully on Saturday, April 13, at the Westchester Medical Center. Photo courtesy of the Ursulines of the Eastern Province.

Sister Dolores Yanshak, OSU (a.k.a Mary Consilia), entered eternal life peacefully on Saturday, April 13, at the Westchester Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Frances Rosell and Frank Yanshak, on July 2, 1930.

After completing a B.A. in mathematics at the College of New Rochelle, Dee went on to earn to earn an M.A. in mathematics at Fordham University. She also studied at Nijmegen and Venray in preparation for her life’s calling as a missionary to Indonesia. For almost 40 years, she ministered to the Indonesian people, serving in various capacities. She trained local leaders in community development, served as national moderator of the international organization of Ursuline alumnae, and on a pastoral team in rural areas of Borneo and New Guinea.

Her work in Indonesia helped her prepare for the next phase of her life. While she assumed several positions when she returned to the States, she was passionate about caring for those who needed healing. She combined her love of the Indonesian culture with being a holistic massage therapist.

Dee was a kind and quiet model of service and could be called on at any time. Her joy was infectious, and she imparted that to those she helped.

Dee was the last of her immediate family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ursuline Province Center, 1338 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10804. Friends may call at the Center Wednesday morning between 9:45 and 10:45. Burial immediately following will be in Holy Sepulchre, New Rochelle.

The funeral liturgy will be livestreamed. Donations in Sister Dolores’ memory can made to the Ursuline Sisters and sent to the Development Office, 1338 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804.

Lloyd Maxcy and Sons is in charge of the arrangements.

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