Elizabeth Dyksen

Obituary of Elizabeth E. Dyksen

Elizabeth (Libby) Dyksen of Kinderhook NY passed away from Alzheimer's disease on October 15, 2022. Libby was born on January 9, 1942 in Lodi NJ, daughter of James Sheridan Rowan and Priscilla Elmer Rowan. She is survived by her son James Dyksen, daughter-in-law Karen Ibach, and grandson Matthew Dyksen; her son Daniel Dyksen and son-in-law Kevin Gilrain. She is also survived by three sisters, Sally Olmstead, Hollis Seamon, and Awen Rowan-Nelson, along with many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband Mathew Dyksen, daughter Kathryn Dyksen, and son Matthew Dyksen, as well as by her sister Priscilla Branch and brother James Rowan, Jr. Libby was beloved by her family and the many patients she cared for over her years as a nurse for Dr. Neal Baillargeon and at Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. We will remember Libby for her courage in facing terrible losses; her sense of humor; her great baking, including the world's best chocolate chip cookies; her dedication to her children, as well as to equality and social justice for all; and for the wonderful times we had on Cape Cod. Her family would like to thank the health aides who cared for Libby during her long illness at home and all of the people at Teresian House in Albany who cared for her with great compassion and humanity during her last few months. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to any of the following: Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org, Columbia-Greene Humane Society www.cghs.org, Teresian House Foundation www.teresianhouse.org/foundation, and Cure Alzheimer's Fund www.curealz.org. A gathering and memorial service remembering Libby's life will be held at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook St (Rt. 9), Valatie, NY on October 29, 2022; gathering starts at 11 AM with the service at 12:00 noon (please wear a mask). The service will be followed by a 1 PM reception at the home of Dan Dyksen & Kevin Gilrain with food, drink, and opportunities to continue to share stories.
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