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Marta Cecilia Yappert

October 9, 1955August 13, 2020

Marta Cecilia Yappert, 64, of Louisville passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020. She was born on October 9, 1955 in Santa Fe, Argentina to Vives Lombardi and to the late Hector Yappert. She is survived by her mother; two sisters, Lucia Yappert and Silvia Yappert; three daughters, Natalie DuPré, Elizabeth DuPré, and Rachel Brodie; two sons-in-law, Paul Brodie and Brody Boomer; two grandsons, Bates and William Brodie; granddaughter Nessa Boomer; three nieces, Daniela, Alejandra, and Florencia; and nephew Francisco. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald DuPré and her father and sister, Laura.

She loved learning and teaching throughout her life while making long-lasting friendships along the way. She had a revolutionary spirit and playfulness that she carried with her during her life in Argentina, Oregon, Iowa, and Kentucky. She followed her dreams and reached many of her goals including becoming a citizen of the United States. After her experiences as a high school exchange student with the Lewis family (George, Dorothy, Lori and Jason) in Oregon, she continued her education in the US and earned a PhD in Chemistry in 1985 from Oregon State University. Over the course of her 33 years as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Louisville, she met her true love, Donald, and conducted analytical chemistry research on the molecular structures of the eye and various biological materials (e.g., resins, plants, and nanoparticles) using spectroscopy techniques. She made research fun, mentored young scientists, and emboldened women to pursue the sciences. She led multiple exchange programs for chemistry students at the University of Louisville, Argentina, and Western Kentucky.

Cecilia inspired many inside and outside of the laboratory and classroom. She was courageous, warm-hearted, energetic, and caring and found great happiness in dancing, cooking, and being with children. She was loved and will be missed dearly by her friends and family.

Family and friends will celebrate her life on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Cathedral of the Assumption at 12pm followed by a burial at Cave Hill Cemetery at 1:30pm. Visitation will begin at 10:30am before mass.

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Muriel Harris

September 10, 2020

My sincere condolences to you Natalie and your family for your loss. May your Mum's Soul Rest in Perfect Peace and Light Perpetual Shine Upon Her. May the peace of the Lord be with you all as you prepare to lay her to rest. Love and blessings. 😘💕

Stephi Wolff

September 7, 2020

I am so sad to hear about Cecilia’s death. She was always so friendly and had something wonderful to say. One morning I saw her and she stopped me to bring up something that we had talked about months previously . She wanted to assess and discuss life. She was so fun and such an intellectual! There was a light about her. I am so grateful I knew her.

Anthony Ewurum

September 1, 2020

Amidst my shock on Dr Yappert’s passing, I must express my condolences, Elizabeth and Natalie, on her passing. I first met Dr yappert while interviewing for a PI mentor in graduate school. Besides her charming personality, her penchant for learning and encouragement won me over. She always made me feel smart, entertained my numerous questions and would usually get me (santa fesino) cookies whenever she came back from Argentina. In my relatively short time in her lab as a chemistry graduate student, she made sure I was intrigued in what I did, but not stressed. She was also very family- oriented, caring even outside the academia umbrella. There are a lot of things I can say about this amazing woman and how I will miss her, but I cannot imagine how much you, her daughters, must feel right now. Again, accept my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers.

Allie Cowan

August 27, 2020

Elizabeth and Natalie,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom and your dad recently. You all were a huge part of our childhood and I am grateful that we got to grow up on a special street, knowing that if I needed anything your parents were right there.

I hope you find comfort in the coming weeks and months. We are all thinking of you.

Warmly,

Allie

Linda Cowan

August 27, 2020

I have just learned of Cecelia’s passing. She and Don were wonderful neighbors. Elizabeth and Natalie, we mourn for you. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. With love, Linda and Fred

Stephanie Kingston

August 17, 2020

I had the pleasure of knowing Cecilia for the last 17 years. She was such a warm, compassionate lady, and I always looked forward to seeing her for her hair appointments. She was a bright light in my world, and we always bad the best conversations. Sending love and condolences to all her family and friends, especially her sweet daughter Natalie, who I have also known for years, and her family in Argentina, who I have heard about for so long as well. Sending love, light, hugs and prayers for all! ❤️

Ben Hutcherson

August 17, 2020

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Yappert's passing. In my time at U of L, I can't help but think fondly of all the time I spent with her in class, in her lab, or in her office. She was one of the most brilliant people I've known, and incredibly patient to sit with me and many others to be sure we understood a topic. I had many enjoyable discussions with her about whatever came up, and what she didn't know(a rare occurrence) she would find out. Her scientific curiosity was amazing, as was her interest in learning anything new. She was also so kind and compassionate. I can't begin to count the number of times that I sat with her and she talked me through a difficult time or just provided a gentle listening ear. She truly made made some of my rough days in graduate school so much better just with her kindness and willingness to help however she could. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude for how much better of a person I am for knowing her. She was always ready as well with an entertaining story of something of her past or something going on now, and I spent many happy hours swapping those kind of stories with her. Natalie and Elizabeth, I'm so sorry and will be praying for comfort and healing for you in this trying time. As much as I will miss her, I can't imagine what losing her means to you all.

Lori Williams

August 17, 2020

I met Cecilia in September of 1973 as an exchange student in High School. We became Sisters immediately. Best friends throughout her career and life. I will miss her laughter, her humor and that wonderful smile. I could ask her anything. If she didn’t know the answer, her and Donald DuPre would work on it until they did. I will always love her and Don. Condolences to their children and beautiful grand-children.

Frederick Luzzio

August 17, 2020

Cecilia was a kind and dear friend and colleague. I always enjoyed sharing pleasantries with her and Don-never a dull moment with those two! I will never forget spending my first Thanksgiving after moving to Louisville with Cecilia, Don and their daughters-they always made me feel welcome...

Julie Bunck

August 17, 2020

Cecilia was a dear friend. We served on the Latin American Steering committee together and had lots of fun. She was kind, warm, and loving. She had a terrific sense of humor and an appreciation for the beautiful and the good. I loved her and will miss her.

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