Caryl Ann Jenkins, formerly of Roxbury, New York, passed away peacefully in Stuart, Florida surrounded by her loving family. Caryl was born Caryl Ann Gersitz in 1939 in Long Island, New York, the only child of Charles and Helen Gersitz. She graduated from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY with degrees in Social Science and Library Science, and went on to teach Elementary School in New York City.
Caryl was widowed when her first husband Jack Lampe, a Navy pilot, died in the service of his country. Following his death, she moved to Roxbury, NY and began serving as the Librarian for Margaretville Central School. Caryl became a central figure at Margaretville, where she was nominated and inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her work with the children of the Margaretville area. From her nomination letter:
Her upbeat attitude and positive approach to life has been an inspiration to many. Her fondness for books and young people has helped several generations of readers.
During her twenty-five years as an educator in Margaretville, Caryl was Senior Class Advisor, Director and Choreographer of the Drama Society and worked tirelessly as leader of her faculty.
She truly was a beloved teacher and mentor to generations of Margaretville students.
Upon settling in Margaretville, Caryl married Albert Lynn Jenkins, gaining an instant family of four children, for whom she created a loving, stable home. Caryl and Lynn were married for 49 very happy years together. Caryl dearly loved her West Highland Terriers Tucker and Laird, and her Shih Tzu puppies Bill and Ted. Caryl put her heart and soul into everything she did whether it was providing love and stability to her family, being the dedicated educator she was, or running her own small craft business. Caryl truly was a wonderful woman with a kind and loving heart who just made everyone around her feel loved and cared for.
After she retired, Caryl and Lynn began living part time in Stuart Florida, and eventually took up year round residence in Montego Cove, Stuart, Florida, where Caryl did volunteer work for the local library, reading stories to children. She had a gift for bringing people together, organizing and teaching water aerobics in her Florida community. When Caryl became ill with Alzheimer’s disease, she was given loving care by her husband and lifelong friends Jim and Connie Gilmore.
Caryl is survived by her husband Lynn Jenkins and children Stephen, Lisa, Paul, Randy and grandchildren Ian, Alexander, Paul Jr., Stephen and Ryan. She was predeceased by her grandson Morgan Long.
A dearer and more gentle soul never lived.
Services will be limited to immediate family. The family has asked that any donations in Caryl’s memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org.