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Sheila A. Thompson

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NORTH RIVER, N.Y. -- Sheila Ann Thompson, 67, a resident of Barton Mines Road, died Wednesday afternoon, May 31, 2006, at her beloved “log cabin in the mountains,” following a long illness.

Sheila was born April 23, 1939, in Amsterdam to Evelyn Thompson and Stephen Picenski. She was raised in Amsterdam and graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam. Sheila later moved to Bennington, Vt., where she raised her family. She graduated from The Putnam Memorial Hospital Nursing School as an LPN, working as a nurse at Putnam Memorial Hospital for many years and in the offices of Dr. Rennie and Dr. Mills in Bennington.

Sheila loved the environment of the Adirondacks. She spent her summers as a child with her family at the cabin in the mountains of North River. She enjoyed hiking, fishing and canoeing on the serene lakes. She was able to begin living her dream and moved to her mountain cabin in the Adirondacks. She worked as a home health nurse and later at the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing Home. Sheila was a member of the North River Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary.

Sheila is survived by her son, David Dence Sr. and his wife, Colleen, of Pownal, Vt., and son Sean Dence of North River; her daughter, Lynn Flynn and her husband, Tom, of Erie, Colo.; her grandchildren, David Dence Jr., Robert Dence, Zachary Evans, Emily Evans and Liam Flynn; and her great-granddaughter, Aidan Dence.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Darlene Dence, in 1989, her cousin Ann Louis Hartig, who was like a sister to her, and her aunt Elizabeth Ludwig.

She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Cecile Dence, cousins Jeff and Lori Hartig, Sue and Bill Lynn, Kathy Bush, Mark and Brian Davis and Christine and Clyde Bridges and her ex-husbands, John Dence of Eagle Bridge and Ken Rosenberg of Pownal.

A service to celebrate Sheila’s life will be held Friday, June 9, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington. The Rev. Deborah Estey of the First United Methodist Church in Bennington will conduct the service. Interment will be private. There are no visiting hours.

If friends desire, memorial gifts in Sheila’s memory may be made to the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondack Park or to the Aplastic Anemia Foundation, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from June 1 to June 6, 2006
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