Ella Mary Gille, 74 of Shokan died Wednesday December 15, 2021 at the Kingston Hospital of COVID-19 pneumonia. She was born October 27, 1947 in Kingston daughter of the late Willie and Margaret Rotella VanLeuvan. A Native and lifelong area resident, she was a graduate of Onteora Central Schools. She was a member of the AARP, and was proficient at the computer where she enjoyed keeping up with family and friends. She was the family matriarch, and was skilled at hostessing large family gatherings. Ella was Head Cook for the OCS Food Services Department and had retired after 34 years of service. She was a loving and caring individual to whom family was paramount. She married her 7th grade sweetheart after he returned from a tour of duty with the US Navy and celebrated 53 years of marriage. He describes her as "The Best".
Surviving are her husband Donald, a son Donald of Catskill, sister: Margaret Lewis of Rome, NY, brothers: Willie of Shandaken and Jim of FL. Grandchildren: Donnie, Kimberly, Brandon, Emily, Ella, and Mark Gille. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her siblings: Tina Marie, Robert, Gary, Steven, Tom, and most recently Nathan VanLeuvan, and daughter-in-law Loretta Gille.
Funeral Services will be held privately for family with Pastor Lee Stowe officiating. Friends will be received on Saturday from 10 am to 2pm at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia. Masks are required by the family and current NYS mandates. You may share a special memory or condolence with the family on Ella's Tribute Wall at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com
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