Yvonne Sill. 72, of Kingston

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Teacher, friend, beau­ti­ful soul, Yvonne Sill (nee O’Con­nor) died Fri­day, Sept. 14, 2018, from a sud­den ill­ness.

She passed peace­fully at home, sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily; she was 72.

Grow­ing up in her na­tive Wal­lkill, where she grad­u­ated from Wal­lkill High School in 1964, Yvonne was in­volved in all as­pects of school life: stu­dent govern­ment, sports, com­mu­nity ser­vice — she is re­mem­bered fondly by her friends of that time as be­ing at the cen­ter of ev­ery­thing, and wel­com­ing to ev­ery­one.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from SUNY Oneonta in 1968, Yvonne de­voted her life to the chil­dren and fam­i­lies of Kingston. As a sec­ond- and first-grade teacher at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Ele­men­tary School, Yvonne taught gen­er­a­tions of Kingsto­ni­ans to read, to tie their shoes, and to be de­cent to one an­other. Along with her col­leagues, Yvonne’s commitment to the first-grade play al­lowed thou­sands of chil­dren to shine, and their fam­i­lies to beam. They even named the stage af­ter her.

Yvonne was ac­tive in the Coach House Play­ers, where she took many star turns, and she was a main­stay of the lo­cal run­ning com­mu­nity. In her role as head coach of the Kingston High School girls’ var­sity cross coun­try team, she helped a num­ber of girls earn col­lege schol­ar­ships. As a week­end race­day vol­un­teer, she could be counted on, stop­watch in hand, to cheer as loudly for those who strug­gled as for those who won.

Proudly Ir­ish, she was car­ing, thought­ful and never judg­men­tal. She ac­cepted peo­ple’s flaws, and she for­gave their mis­takes. Her ca­pac­ity for giv­ing — to her fam­ily, to her friends, and to her com­mu­nity — was lim­it­less.

She was the daugh­ter of the late Neil O’Con­nor and Yvonne Walsh O’Con­nor and the wife of the late Wil­liam C. Sill. Her sis­ter, Au­drey, is also passed.

She is sur­vived by her brother, John; sis­ter, Eileen; son, Michael and his wife Ka­rina; daugh­ter, Cather­ine Ladd and her hus­band David; six grand­chil­dren, Alexan­der, Va­le­ria, Jayson, Michael, El­iza, and Mia; and many won­der­ful friends. Our hearts are bro­ken.

Yvonne will be repos­ing at Simp­son-Gaus Fu­neral Home on Mon­day, Sept. 17, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Fu­neral Mass will be cel­e­brated on Tues­day at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church.

In­ter­ment will fol­low in St. Mary’s Ceme­tery.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions in the form of a chil­dren’s book may be made in her name to the Kingston Home­less Shel­ter, Fam­ily Inn at 38 Thomas St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.

On­line con­do­lences may be left for the fam­ily of Yvonne by vis­it­ing www. simp­songaus.com.

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