Sarah Lee Van Dycke Van Avery
Sarah Lee Van Dycke Van Avery, born February 10, 1968, passed away unexpectedly on January 6, 2021.
Sarah was born in Little Falls to Howard and Dulcie Van Dycke of St. Johnsville. She attended and graduated from St. Johnsville Central School in 1987. During her time there she was an avid athlete, playing soccer, basketball and softball all through her school career and earning many awards. After graduation, she went on to Oklahoma Christian College and majored in early childhood education which she graduated from in 1989. She was also a member of the Grace Congregational Church. On June 15, 1990, she was wed to Paul Van Avery in a small ceremony at Grace Congregational Church in St. Johnsville. When they were married, Paul brought three children with him from a prior marriage that Sarah thought of as her own, plus they had three additional children together. She was enormously proud of all her children and grandchildren and spoke fondly of them. Paul and Sarah recently celebrated their 30th, wedding anniversary and renewed their vows. In recent years Sarah learned how to crochet and loved to make gifts for those she held dear to her. She always enjoyed watching her soaps, she was a loyal Days of Our Lives fan for many years. One of the many things everyone will remember, is Sarah was very giving in nature and kindhearted. Anytime anyone needed anything, she was always willing to help anyway she could.
Sarah is survived by her loving husband, Paul Van Avery of Fort Plain; daughters, Anna Backus and husband Stephen of St. Johnsville, Jasmine Van Avery of Fort Plain, and Erika Steele of St. Johnsville; sons, Joseph W. Van Avery (Erikka Coffin) Fort Plain, Nicholas and wife Stephany Van Avery of Canajoharie and Austin Van Avery Fort Plain. She had several grandchildren she loved dearly, Magdalena and Aylaa Pellerito of St. Johnsville, Gunnar Backus of St. Johnsville, Hailey and Matthew Steele of St. Johnsville, Ethan Stannard of Roseboom and Samuel Van Avery of Canajoharie. She is also survived by her sisters, Verna and husband Larry Allen St. Johnsville, BettyAnn and husband Henry Mangold of St. Johnsville, Jennifer Pollard and companion Jay Meyers of St. Johnsville; brother, Howard Van Dycke Jr. of Johnstown; and sister-in-law, Fengying Zhou of Oklahoma. She also has many nieces and nephews.
Sarah was predeceased by her mother and father- sisters, Carol Dillenbeck, Dolores Van Dycke, Helen Van Dycke; and brother, Edward Van Dycke.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family. If it is wished to donate in her name, please make it to the Grace Congregational Church in St. Johnsville.
To send online condolences, visit: www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, NY.