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Sheila R. Gonyea, 69, of Schuylerville, formerly from Plattsburgh, N.Y., passed away March 29, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Her body is now free of its limitations that Parkinson's caused. Sheila was born Dec. 3, 1947, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the oldest daughter of Bernard and Lena Gonyo. She attended Plattsburgh High School and OLVA secretarial school. She spent many years working at Zayre and Ames department stores until the early 1990s when she could no longer work due to her Parkinson's. Sheila is predeceased by her parents, Bernard and Lena (Durett) Gonyo, sister Kathleen Gonyo, sisters-in-law Sandy Gonyo and Naomi Girard, in-laws Wilfred and Doris Gonyea, Fred Gonyea and Patricia and Michael Garceau.
Sheila was brave, stubborn, a fighter and an optimist; all of which led to her ability to persevere for 35 years with Parkinson's disease. Earlier in her life, she enjoyed going camping with her family, motorcycle riding with Clarence, playing bingo and rummy, baking, and decorating cakes. She always loved a good mystery, whether it be a book when she was younger or her crime shows on TV. It was no mystery, though, how much she loved her family and how much everyone loved her. She thought she had everyone fooled about her love of going to the "Indian's" to try her luck out on the slot machines. Her greatest joys were seeing her grandchildren and meeting her first great-grandchild.
Sheila is survived by her loving and ever-devoted husband, Clarence R. Gonyea who retired early to care for her, daughters Stephanie (Alan) Koontz of San Antonio, Texas, Kathleen (James) Stone, of Schuylerville, N.Y., grandchildren Jessica Allstott, Leah Allstott, Conner Allstott, all of San Antonio, Texas, Austin Stone, and Colette Stone of Schuylerville, N.Y., and great-grandson Calvin Samley of San Antonio, Texas. Also surviving are her sister, Wanda (Tony) Wuerzinger of Chesterfield, Mich., brothers, Albert (Gaby Krieg) Gonyo of Roseville, Mich., Elrick Gonyo and husband Frank Hui of Austin, Texas, Bernard (Bonnie) Gonyo, Harold Girard, sister-in-law Linda Gonyo of Plattsburgh, N.Y., sisters-in-law, Theresa (Alan) Goodman of Mooers, N.Y., Rita (Jim) Davis, and Cathy (Bob Hunt) Rock, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., brother-in-law, Larry Gonyea and fiancee Sue Tyler of Schuyler Falls, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews.
We are forever grateful to Brittany Stone, Cheri Wheat, and Sherri Crowd for their loving assistance with her care during the last year of her life, as well as the smiles little Hayden Stone gave her.
Memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th, at Flynn Bros.,Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Avenue in Schuylerville, NY 12871. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or at www.michaeljfox.org
Published on March 31, 2017
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