Sheila Ann Elsenbeck

Sheila Ann Elsenbeck

Sheila Ann (Symonds) Elsenbeck, age 66, of Tupper Lake passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021, unexpectedly at the CVPH Medical Center with her family by her side.

Sheila was born August 2, 1954 in Saranac Lake, to Isabelle Mosher (Tucker) and Kenneth Symonds. She was the wife of Keith Elsenbeck and mother of Yvonne (Elsenbeck) Sutton.

Sheila was predeceased by her mom, Isabelle Mosher, two brothers, Steven and Kevin Symonds, and her grandson Skylar.

Sheila graduated in 1973 from Saranac Lake Central High School. She married her best friend Keith in 1976 at the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Bloomingdale. One of her greatest joys and accomplishments was when her and Keith became parents to their daughter Yvonne (age 3) in 1993.

Although Saranac Lake was her home town, in the summer of 2017, she and Keith moved to Tupper Lake to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Initially she was hesitant to make the move, however she quickly grew to love the area, the community and the friends she made throughout the years.

Sheila had various jobs throughout her life, but her favorite job of all was being a home health aid for the elderly and disabled community where she always built a special bond with each individual she cared for.

Sheila was a caring woman who had a kind heart, unconditional love for her family, and was well known in the community for her sassy and infectious sense of humor. She made a lasting impression on anyone she met. Friends and family alike unanimously agree that life will not be the same without her.

Sheila is survived by her husband, Keith, their daughter, Yvonne (Claude) Sutton, and her two grandchildren, Wyatt and Willow Sutton, whom she often spoke of as being the two that kept her going, made her feel young at heart, and were her whole world. Sheila is also survived by her siblings Gail Chauvin, Tuffield (Diana) Symonds, Doris (Daniel) Spencer, Robert Symonds, Joan Blue, Ken (Billi Jo) Symonds, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake. A memorial service and burial arrangements are being made for early summer. Family and close friends of Sheila will be notified once all of the details are finalized. If the current COVID-19 restrictions that are in place are lifted, changes may be made closer to the services and those who wish to pay their respects will be notified by any means necessary.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked those who wish to honor Sheila’s memory, to do so by donating to a GofundMe page that is being created to help with her unexpected funeral and burial expenses. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at www.fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.