Yvonne Engwall Sheline
Yvonne Engwall Sheline Yvonne Engwall Sheline, Ph.D., 79, a career homemaker, died suddenly on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in Fort Myers, where she and her husband lived in the winter. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Raymond K. Sheline, distinguished professor of chemistry and physics at Florida State. The service will be at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday at Abbey-Riposta Funeral Home (850-562-1518) with burial at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. Family will receive friends an hour prior to funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Baptist International Ministries, Attn.: Yvonne Engwall Sheline Fund, P.O. Box 851 Valley Forge, Pa. 19482 (1-800-222-3872 x. 2324, website www.internationalministries.org). Yvonne was born in Falun, Sweden on May 3, 1927. She grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Belgian Congo), as the daughter of Baptist missionaries. She was home-schooled by her mother until high-school, got her master's degree in education at the University of Chicago, where she met her husband. She obtained her Ph.D. in education from Florida State University at age 51, after raising seven children. She received a Fulbright Professorship for educational studies in Congo where she taught at the Pedagogical Institute. She had a custom of inviting all of her husband's FSU students, both undergraduate and graduate level, to dinner at their house on Lake Bradford. She maintained a life-long commitment to improving the lot of the Congolese people, and returned to work and volunteer many times over the years. She is the author of several books, some written in Kikongo (a dialect spoken in western Congo which was her first language), on topics such as prevention of AIDS, and children's stories. Her selfless and giving spirit will be sorely missed. She is survived by her older sister, Elaine Bevilacqua, of Washington, D.C., and seven children, Yvette Sheline M.D. of Clayton, Mo., Raymond Sheline M.D. of Carlsbad, Calif., Jonathan Sheline M.D. of Durham, N.C., Hans Sheline M.S. of Sugarland, Texas, Rebecca Socolar M.D. of Chapel Hill, N.C., Martin Sheline M.D. of Atlanta, Ga. and Christian Sheline, Ph.D. of St. Louis, Mo.; and twenty grandchildren.
Published by Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 6, 2007.
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I’m sorry for the family’s loss. Please accept my condolences.
Aimee Ballantyne
January 17, 2021
My best wishes to the Sheline family. It was my pleasure and privilege to know not only Ray as major professor, but some of the children (at the time, esp. Yvette, Ray and Jonathon) through the rental house we used. Yvonne was the "lynchpin" of the family and a grand lady. My condolences and best wishes to all.
Richard (Lee) Ponting
May 5, 2007
I still can not believe my Mom has really left us.
She has always been there for me, with her love and encouragement surrounding me like a big warm blanket.

My mom sometimes used to say in KiKongo: “Impila ingudi wena”, which means….. in an indearing way: what a child you are, to which we learned to say: “Impella Muwana wena” which means what a Mother you are…...and what a Mother she was: Hope Spivey Stevenson recently said: “She was a force of nature: an intelligent, caring, amazing women and the world will be less for her passing”.

I want to celebrate her wonderful & inspiring life, because her life is truly worthy of celebration, and I want to thank her for so many things:
Before I understood words, I understood her love, because she loved me with all of her strength, all of her being and all of her heart.
She was my first doctor, my first councilor and my first friend.
She a “superwoman” before it was fashionable.
She sometimes would cheerfully volunteer to help me re-type a paper late at night on her old clunker of a manual typewriter at 80 wpm.
She created many safe places for us kids to revel in carefree play, wonderful gatherings at our home, and pick-nick outings whether it was in Tallahassee, Los Alamos, Denmark or Russia……along with all the wonderful meals she prepared for us over the years.
She taught me about the fun of dancing, even if it was starting with the hombo & the polka.
She was such a selfless, hardworking, giving, loving person.

She might not have thought that I listened to her, but the truth is, I live by her words and her example every day. I learned from what she said, and even more from what she did, but most of all from who she was.

I realize in a very important way, that My Mom has not died, she truly lives on in my heart and mind, by her example.
She is the most meaningful example of life after death for me.
She certainly lives on in my life and indeed the lives of all of you reading this, because her example of caring, generosity, love, intelligence and spirit have touched us all.

Our opportunity is to try in some way to shine our light in a way that might touch others around us in a positive way, and in doing so we can honor Yvonne Faith Engwall Sheline, and give her some measure of everlasting life.
Hans Sheline
April 13, 2007
I can't help but feel that my Mom, Corinne,had a hand in Yvonne's
passing. They were so devoted to each other that my Dad, Antonio, used to call them twins. Corinne missed Yvonne so much that their mother, Ruth,let Yvonne skip a grade to enable them to be together. So dear to Yvonne, Corinne made sure that Uncle Ray was not alone as her condition
deteriorated. Just by chance, maybe, both Carmen and Mark were in
Sanibel vacationing. By shear coincidence, Aunt Elaine was coming to visit us in Phila.When Elaine told me of Yvonne's condition, I immediately called Carmen. 'Which hospital?' she asked. Both Carmen and Mark
stayed with Uncle Raymond as he agonized whether to resuscitate Yvonne. Uncle Ray does not own a cell phone. Mark, Carmen
and Carmen's kids used up all of their charge time to call all of Uncle Ray's children to ask for their support in their mother's care. Upon arriving, Mark and Carmen tried to comfort Yvonne to the best of their ability. They spoke to her and held her hand. That night both Mark and Carmen spent the night at Uncle Ray's place. Uncle Ray's children started arriving at 1:00 the following afternoon. Mark and Carmen returned to their families.Yvonne was at peace. Uncle Ray was taken care of and her children were now at her side. Aunt Yvonne would have wanted it this way.She was the hardest working woman I have ever had the priviledge of knowing. May she rest in peace.
Cori Sansalone
April 12, 2007
Uncle Ray and Cousins,
Anyone who knew her at all will realize what a huge loss her death is...Uncle Ray could not have had a more supportive wife, and the kids could not have had a more attentive mom. She will be sorely missed.
I am very sorry for your loss.
Susan Ventocilla
April 11, 2007
Dear Ray and children
All my condolences on your loss of a wonderful wife and mother. Yvonne was one of a kind who always
showed compassion and love to her loved ones and friends.
She will be very much missed by many of us in the science departments at F.S.U.
Don Robson
April 11, 2007
To all the Shelines,

I speak on behalf of my sister, Nancy Lewis, and my brother, Randy Lewis, in expressing our empathy for the loss of Mrs. Sheline.

Your family left a mark on all of three of us that will never be forgotten, even if we did not know your mother. Obviously, she was an incredible person.

Much love,
Ann Lewis
April 10, 2007
Dear Ray and children -- We were so sorry to hear about Yvonne. Having several out of town family for Easter, we were unable to attend services. You all were blessed to have had such a quality person in your lives for so many years. We will miss her. Our love and condolences to the entire family. -- Neil
Neil and Jean Fletcher
April 10, 2007
She leaves an inspiring legacy.
John Howard
April 10, 2007
Aunt Yvonne was an amazing person. How many mothers can raise seven children and have them all become so successful as adults? I know without asking that she was instrumental in pushing each of you to do your personal best as well as lending a hand in every way possible to make it happen. She was truly remarkable. Her legacy will live on through you her children. A part of her will always be with you . In the same way, her heart and love will always overflow for and be with Uncle Ray. Love to all of you.
Carmen Ventocilla
April 9, 2007
I have enjoyed many years of keeping in touch with Yvonne. She was always someone I have admired and respected. She was one of the most loving and generous people I have ever known. I'll never forget watching her pull Christians hair in fun and chatter away in the kikongo dialect. She was an inspiration to me as a person and as a mother to her children and grandmother to mine.
Barbara O'Brien
April 9, 2007
Mrs. Sheline was a remarkable woman. I always admired her and the way she raised her family. I'm sorry for your loss.
Sallie Clark Tiernan
April 9, 2007
Dear Becky: I was saddened to learn of your mother's untimely death. I know personally there are no words that can soften such a devastating loss of a parent. Please know that you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dannitte, David & George Airey Mays
April 8, 2007
Yvonne's memory will live on in the hearts of all of who were priveleged to know the warm, witty and compassionate woman that she was. My condolences to Ray and to the wonderful family of whom she was so proud.
Terri Fox
April 8, 2007
I have so memories of our family ties over the years when I was growing up in Tallahassee...our Dog Island trips...Florida High...my special friendship with Becky. God bless you all as you mourn the loss of your special mom, and Ray, your beloved wife.
Sarah Carey
Sarah Carey
April 7, 2007
Please accept our sincere condolences. Helen and I are sorry that we are unable to attend the service. Yvonne was a wonderful person.

Helen and Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards
April 7, 2007
We will always remember how much our Grandma loved us and the many things she taught us.

Josh, Carolyn, Will & Ben Sheline
St. Louis, MO
April 6, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Delta Land Surveyors,Inc.
April 6, 2007
Drs.Jonathan and Barbara Sheline,
I truly am sorry to hear of your Mother's death. My thoughts are with you and your family. Please have a safe trip home.
Brenda Brooks
April 6, 2007
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