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Rev. Kenneth E. Yarno

Mar. 4, 1932 - Jun. 8, 2016

Fr. Kenneth E. Yarno, CSV, died June 8, 2016 in Arlington Heights, IL. He was 84.

He was born March 4, 1932 in Watseka, IL, the son of Edward and Dorothy (Garing) Yarno. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Melvin of Kankakee, IL and Russell of Fort Walton Beach, FL. He is survived by his sister, Pauline Newquist of Colliersville, TN and nephews Michael Newquist and Bruce Yarno.

Fr. Yarno entered the Clerics of St. Viator in 1950 after graduating from St. Patrick High School in Kankakee, IL where Viatorians were his teachers. He pronounced his first vows on Aug. 15, 1951 and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954. After his studies at the Viatorian Seminary, he was ordained a priest on May 17, 1959 in Chicago by Bishop William O’Brien.

He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA, and his M.S. in Industrial Arts from Bradley University, Peoria. He completed work for a certificate in educational administration at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, which led to a long career as an administrator.

From 1962 to 1968 he was assigned as Director of Vocations for the Clerics of St. Viator. During this time, he served for two years as Chairman of the National Association of Religious Vocation Directors. Fr. Yarno ministered as teacher and assistant principal at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, from 1968 to 1973.

From 1973 to 1983, Fr. Yarno served as principal of Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee. In 1983 he was installed as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Kankakee, and in 1985 to 1987, he served as pastor of St. Viator Church in Chicago. During the years 1987 to 1994, he was associate pastor and then pastor at St. Joseph Church in Springfield, IL. While in Springfield, he was a member of the Presbyteral Council from 1989 to 1993.

From 1994 until his retirement in 2009, he was pastor and later sacramental minister at St. George Parish in St. George, IL. Once retired, he lived in residence at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, IL until 2010. He then moved to the retirement residence at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights, before moving in 2013 to Addolorata Villa in Wheeling, IL .

The visitation and funeral Mass were held June 15 at the Viatorian Province Center, where Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, provincial, presided. He offered the homily, along with Sr. Rita Bregenhorn, OSU. Fr. James Michaletz, CSV, offered a reflection.

A Rite of Christian Burial immediately following the Mass, and was presided over by Fr. von Behren. Interment took place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.

Please remember Fr. Yarno and his family in your Masses and prayers.

Taken from letter to the Viatorian Community from Rev. Thomas von Behren, Provincial, dated Jun. 9, 2016