Sybil K. Reynolds |
A long-time resident of Tiburon, died peacefully at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae, CA on Saturday, December 8, 2012. She was 92.
Sybil is preceded in death by her husband, James Reynolds Jr., her daughter, "Kitty" Katherine Bruner and two sisters, Marguerite Graffunder and Charlotte Murphy. She is survived by her son, James Reynolds III, her two daughters, Alison Reynolds Trezise and Julia Weber, her sons-in-law, James W. Bruner, Jeff Weber and David Trezise, her 7 grandchildren, Jonathan and Sarah Bruner, Calvin, Edward and Christine Trezise, Nick and Tobias Weber, one great grandchild, Beau Bruner, her two sisters, Sylvia Koontz and Katy Woodward and her brother, Dr. Peter Koontz.
Born in 1920 to Sylvester and Ruth Koontz, in Minneapolis, Minn., the first of six children, her early arrival at 4lbs. caused her father to comment that she could have fit in a shoebox. Sybil graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1942 with a BA in Social Work. In the summer of 1943 she met James Reynolds, Jr., a lieutenant in the Navy, on a blind date. They were married soon after on January 4, 1944 in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. Prior to James's deployment they enjoyed a short stay in Tiburon. Struck by the magical beauty of the rolling hills, Raccoon Straights and Angel Island, they returned to Tiburon after the war and started a family while living in the original Hilarita Housing. In 1950 they built a house overlooking the Bay and made Tiburon their home for the next nearly 50 years. Sybil and Jim moved to The Tamalpais in 1997 and lived there until their passing.
Sybil was a committed and involved member of her community. She taught at the Belvedere Nursery School for 12 years, volunteered regularly at the Tiburon Thrift Shop with her best friend, Betty McKegney, was a Docent at Old St. Hilary's, and a member of the Belvedere Tiburon Landmark Society.
Above all she was a dedicated member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere. St. Stephen's was the spiritual and social center of her life for more than 50 years. Among other things, Sybil served twice on the Vestry, taught Sunday school, was an enthusiastic choir member, a devoted altar guild volunteer and Bible study student.
Sybil was a voracious reader, a daily devotee of The Jumble and crossword puzzles, a life long student, a world traveler, a true gourmet cook and a hostess extraordinaire. Her astonishing memory allowed her to recall untold names of flora and fauna, heavenly constellations, names and relations of family members, childhood stories, Bible verses, jump rope rhymes and more. She welcomed all with her sweet, radiant smile and cheerfulness. We are all immensely enriched and eternally grateful for having shared her life.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Tamalpais Health Center for their devoted care.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 3 pm at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 3 Bayview Dr. in Belvedere.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Tamalpais Tomorrow Fund or St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 27, 2012