Gail P. O'Sullivan

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Gail P. O'Sullivan

<p>Gail Patricia O’Sullivan died peacefully in Poughkeepsie, NY, on June 25, 2024. She was 86.</p><p><br></p><p>A long-time resident of the Town of Poughkeepsie, Gail was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Edward J. O’Sullivan, in 2009; her father and mother, Kenneth, Sr. (1966) and Muriel Eisenman Wilson (2013); her brother, Kenneth, Jr. (2001); and many in-laws and cousins. She is survived by daughters Patricia Sheldon (Perry) of Hyde Park and Sharon O’Sullivan (Terry) of Albany, and sons Thomas O’Sullivan of Lausanne, Switzerland, and Darren O’Sullivan of Kingston. Survivors also include her grandchildren Elliot (Shauna) and Amy (Jake) Sheldon, and her great grandchildren Aubree, McKenna, Wesley and Reed. Gail is also survived by her brother-in-law Robert O’Sullivan of Stratford, CT; cousins Judy (Ted) Andre of Black Rock, CT; Roberta Macri of Milford, CT; and Thomas Wilson, Sr. of Fort Lauderdale, FL; as well as many nieces and nephews.</p><p><br></p><p>Gail was born January 23, 1938, in Bridgeport, CT. She graduated from Central High School and from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in 1958. While training to become an RN, Gail met her future husband when a nurse asked the students if one of them would go to a formal with her shy younger brother, then a student at Fairfield University. Gail was game, and Eddie and Gail went on to marry on December 27, 1958. In 1964, the young family moved to Poughkeepsie when Ed began working at IBM. Gail was a registered nurse, and as her children grew up, she returned to work full time as a community mental health nurse for the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene. She was very proud to support the county’s initiative to install crisis hotline phones on the Mid-Hudson Bridge. After retiring, she worked part-time at Admiral Halsey Senior Village and volunteered at the Poughkeepsie Day Nursery.</p><p><br></p><p>Gail had a soft spot in her heart for cats and dogs and for people less fortunate than herself.</p><p><br></p><p>Gail wonderfully expressed her creativity throughout her life, pursuing painting, collage, crafts and gardening. She once surprised her children with a 3D diorama of the Apollo moon shot, with many shiny silver space vehicles suspended throughout the family dining room. Gail encouraged the creative pursuits of her children for their neighborhood and school projects. Inventive homemade Halloween costumes were the norm. In her later years, Gail created beautiful flower arrangements that she shared generously with friends and the community. Her favorite pop artists were dynamos, such as Janis Joplin, Bette Midler, Maria Muldaur and The Beatles. She and Ed enjoyed annual family vacations on Cape Cod, late-night TV talk shows and spending time with family and neighbors.</p><p><br></p><p>Gail’s family is grateful for the care and kindness extended to her by the Cardinal wing staff at the Baptist Home at Brookmeade and the staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. The family also extends its gratitude to Tina Chinda, Gail’s longtime devoted caregiver, and other friends and aides who assisted her over the years. Finally, Gail’s life was greatly enriched by her beloved neighbors of almost 60 years: Ralph Chiumento, Marco and Charlene Laboy and their families.</p><p><br></p><p>Friends and loved ones are invited to a celebration of life and reception for Gail on July 21, 1 PM at the Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. Burial will be private.</p><p><br></p><p>Donations in Gail’s name can be made to Dutchess Outreach in Poughkeepsie or to People’s Place in Kingston.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
January 23, 1938 - June 25, 202401/23/193806/25/2024
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Lisa Padovani

July 17, 2024

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What I remember of your mom-sweet smile, humor, beautiful eyes, kindness. And a love of collecting! Like me
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Anonymous

July 16, 2024

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We are so sorry for your loss. Gail was such a sweet woman and we are glad to be a part of her life.
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Robin West and Sandy Hackford

July 10, 2024

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Thinking of you and deeply sorry for your loss.