Jyl Veinot Katsiaficas

ELLSWORTH — Jyl Veinot Katsiaficas, wife, mother, sister, daughter-in-law and friend, passed away Nov. 6, 2011, in a hospital near their home in Virginia. With her husband and children at her side she fought the cancer bravely to spend as much time with them as possible. Although she ended the earthly portion of her life much too soon, she leaves behind many friends and special memories.

Jyl was born Jan. 28, 1954, in Lynn, Mass., daughter of John Kitchner Veinot and Madge Daye Veinot.

She succeeded in several different professions, but the one she valued most was her last: head teacher for the special education students, in Eastville, Va. She was both teacher and advocate, striving to meet all their needs. Their affection for “Ms. Kat” was obvious when watching them interact. Jyl’s life was entirely about her family; she lived for them, and anyone who knew her knew how important her family was to her.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond C. Katsiaficas, and three children, Seth, Courtney and fiancé Ben, and Demetrios. She leaves two sisters, Candace and husband, Eric Lamberton of Virginia and Jan Veinot of Maine; one brother, Jon Veinot of Maine. She leaves many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mom lived life with a vibrancy and passion that succeeds its longevity.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Those wishing to send memorial contributions can send them to: Northhampton County Public Schools, 7207 Young St., Machipango, VA 23405. Attn: Nancy Gosline on behalf of the Special Education Department Special Education Student Fund in memory of “Ms. Kat.” Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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