Gwen Marie Wilde, 60, a longtime Tivoli resident, passed away on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.
Gwen came into the world defying the odds. Overcoming childhood illness and frequent trips to the hospital, Gwen grew to live 60 glorious years with the love and devotion of her mother and siblings.
Born on February 8, 1957, in Poughkeepsie she attended the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Ellsworth School for many years. She continued her education at Dutchess BOCES until the age of 21. Gwen then went on to work at the ARC Workshop in Poughkeepsie. She loved the time she spent at the ARC and worked there until her retirement when she was able to enjoy more time with her mother. Gwen also filled her adult days attending the Taconic Innovation Day Program in Red Hook.
Gwen lived at home in Tivoli, with her beloved mother Loretta Wilde Jenkins until recently when she went on to live at the Ulster-Greene ARC Palmer Center, a residential home for people with physical and developmental disabilities.
Gwen was a tomboy who enjoyed all games. She played baseball, football, basketball, outdoor games, cards, and bingo. She was an enthusiastic participant of the Special Olympics, having competed in the shot put and track events.
Gwen was full of life and especially enjoyed spending time with her large family. She was known for her great sense of humor, her laughter and not being afraid to try anything. Some of her many passions were karaoke, dancing, swimming, a good meal, and Holy Cow strawberry sundaes.
In addition to her loving mother, Loretta Wilde Jenkins of Tivoli; she is survived by her loving siblings, Robert Wilde (Bonnie), Carol Wagner, Linda Gaumer (Gerry), Bill Wilde (Yvette), Sue Christensen (Edwin); her nieces and nephews, Manny DeAlmeida, Sarah Burns (Brian), Allison Russell (Ryan), Katie Curran (Nick), Cameron Wilde, Hank Wagner, Andrew Wilde, Lars Christensen, Hope Christensen; and her great nephew, Oliver and great nieces, Eloise and Emerson; along with her Aunts, Uncles, and many cousins.
She is predeceased by her adoring grandparents, Harold and Irene Van Leuven; her 'father', Lucio Soricelli, her stepfather, John Jenkins; her best friend, Laurie Mannain, and her cherished cat Lucy.
The family would like to thank the many people that have educated, supported, and helped Gwen to live a full and happy life.
The family would also like to acknowledge the care and compassion provided by the staff at the Palmer Center, the Medical Surgical Unit at Northern Dutchess Hospital and Hudson Valley Hospice.
Over the course of Gwen's incredible life, she benefited from several organizations including the ARC Dutchess County, the Palmer Center, Dutchess County BOCES, Special Olympics and Taconic Innovations. Memorial donations may be made in Gwen's memory to one of these organizations.
Gwen was a gift and a blessing teaching all who knew her the power of unconditional love and acceptance and forever bonding her family with her joy and perseverance.
Gwen changed her family for the better. It is their hope that she has enriched and inspired the lives of those who knew her as well.
Somewhere over the rainbow our beautiful Gwen has found her final resting place… until we meet again.
A celebration of Gwen's life will be held on May 6, 2017 from 2-4PM at the Milan Town Hall.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.
For updates, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.