Sheila Vivian “Til” Dingley, 93, of Lake Placid and Upper Jay, passed away on May 4, 2020, in Lake Placid.
Burial was private in the Mountain View Cemetery in Upper Jay, where she was laid to rest beside her beloved late husband, Albert F. Dingley Jr., MD. There will be a graveside memorial service for family and friends in the late summer, exact details to follow.
Sheila was born in Southampton, Long Island, Nov. 25, 1926, the daughter of Austin Squires Van Scoy and Elizabeth Robertson (Foggo) Van Scoy. She was a descendant of the earliest settlers of the Hamptons: the Talmage family of Easthampton, the Squires of Hampton Bays and the Van Scoy family of Georgica, Long Island. Close to Sheila’s heart was an historic family home, the Ellis Squires House, built in 1785 in Hampton Bays, which she worked tirelessly to help preserve in her later years.
She graduated from Hampton Bays High School and New York State College for Teachers in Albany. She taught high school English in Albany.
Sheila married the love of her life Albert F. Dingley Jr., MD, in 1950, and they enjoyed 64 years of the happiest of marriages.
An avid and knowledgeable antiques collector, Sheila sold antiques at auction at Skinners in Boston and at Sotheby’s and Park Bernet in New York City.
She served on the board of the Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, where her husband Al practiced orthopedic surgery and was a team doctor for Notre Dame University.
Sheila was a Sunday school teacher, a Cub Scouts leader, a deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls and an active member of the Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid. She belonged to the Lake Placid Garden Club, loved birds and flowers, and always surrounded each family home with gardens. She raised sheep with her husband for 10 years at their Stone House Farm in Upper Jay, naming their favorites after their nine grandchildren.
Most of all, Sheila cherished the love of her husband, family, extended family and dear friends. The 55 years of shared memories at their “Mountain House” in Upper Jay, with gatherings of loved ones, exemplified this. Her family remembers her for her wonderful spirit, her compassion, her razor-sharp mind and wit, her uncanny ability to see around corners and offer the best advice and encouragement, her unconditional love. She deeply touched the lives of all who knew and loved her.
Sheila is survived by her four children and spouses: Burt and Suzanne Dingley, Mark and Karen Dingley, Diane Scholl, Eric Scholl, and Moira and Alan Oppenheim; her sister Lorna E. Reding; sister-in-law Ginny Van Scoy; grandchildren Sheila Mularski, Sam Dingley, Caitlin Scholl Smith, Austin Scholl, Matthew Oppenheim, Mark Oppenheim, Molly Dingley, Emily Dingley and Margaret Oppenheim; great-grandchildren Alex and Ben Mularski, Jackson and Miles Dingley, and Scarlet and Shepard Smith; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her late husband Albert F. Dingley and siblings Kenneth “Cap” Van Scoy, Jane Van Scoy and Joan Van Scoy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Northwood School, 92 Northwood Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946, http://www.supportnorthwood.org; and the Wells Memorial Library In Upper Jay, 12230 Route 9N, Upper Jay, NY 12987.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 518-643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Sheila Dingley, please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com