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Sylvia Angevin Thompson

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Sylvia Angevin Thompson

Sylvia Angevin Thompson, (1929-2018), of Geneva, IL and Edgartown, MA, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 20th, surrounded by family and friends, trees and birds.

An artist, Sylvia was gifted with a visceral connection to nature and pattern. She was an extraordinary colorist with a beautiful and sure line, and her paintings convey her great pleasure in the everyday world. She was represented by the Deerpath Art League in Lake Forest, among others.

Born in Glendale, OH, and with a lifelong connection to Martha's Vineyard, Sylvia attended Sarah Lawrence College, and in 1949 married William H. Rentschler. They moved to Lake Forest, IL where she raised her four eldest children and formed a lifelong circle of friends. She was an avid tennis player, swimmer, and photographer, with a great laugh.

In 1970, Sylvia married the love of her life, George Wallace Thompson. The two eloped on his lunch break from Wilson and McIlvaine in Chicago, meeting at the justice of the peace before boarding a plane to Morocco. They moved to a farm in Geneva, where they raised beef cattle and crops, and created a haven for a merged and growing family. She tended enormous flower and vegetable gardens, foraged for wild asparagus, and pulled calves while about to have a baby herself. A phenomenal cook, Sylvia became an early proponent of nutrition through whole foods.

Often seen in a blue and white striped shirt, bandanna, and army jacket, she was strong-willed, and remarkably brave through a series of recent physical traumas, navigating extreme change with grace and humor.

Sylvia loved people, and expected and usually found the best in them. She was a loyal friend, and gathered the people in her life together with great food, style, and generosity of spirit.

Sylvia is pre-deceased by parents, Marion and Ferris Angevin; sister, Andrea Angevin; brother, John Angevin; nephew, John Angevin, Jr.; daughter, Sarah Rentschler; first husband, William Rentschler; husband, George Thompson.

She is survived by her children, Peter Rentschler, Mary Rentschler, Phoebe Cole-Smith, Alexandra Thompson-Cole; stepchildren, Lydia Whitehead and Wallace Thompson; grandchildren, Christine Rentschler, Peter Rentschler, William Rentschler, Albion Alley, Sophie Cole, Walker Cole; step-grandchildren, Amanda Whitehead, Molly Love, Anna Whitehead, Catriona Whitehead; two great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and their children.

Celebration on May 12th at the Grange Hall, West Tisbury, MA, 1:00 to 3:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The MV Center for Living, Edgartown, MA.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on May 3, 2018
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