Yvonne G. Henze

Yvonne G. Henze

Yvonne G. Henze of Jackson died April 15 after a short battle with multiple myeloma. She was 90. The following was provided by her family.

Yvonne was born on Dec. 23, 1931, to Edward and Dorothy Gouchenour. She was previously married to Edward Henze and had four children from that marriage. She attended the University of Illinois and later received a master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University. Thereafter she worked as a special education teacher in Cary, Illinois, until retiring.

In Illinois she received much acclaim for her volunteer work with environmental and conservation organizations and projects in McHenry County. For many years during summer months Yvonne worked as a ranger in Grand Teton National Park. During that time she fell in love with the mountains, the park and Jackson.

After retiring from teaching in Illinois, she moved to Buffalo Valley (Moran) in 1994, where she built the home that she lived in until 2013. She then moved into Teton Shadows with a unit directly facing the Grand Teton.

Her love of the environment and the Tetons resulted in constantly being involved with hiking, cross-country skiing and environmental concerns in the area, including the Sierra Club, the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole and others. She continued doing so until her passing.

She leaves behind innumerable friends who constantly wondered why they could not keep up with an elderly lady. This love also led to numerous adventures and trips to destinations including Base Camp Everest, Nepal, Antarctica, Patagonia, Iceland, Japan, Africa, South Africa, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Alaska, Churchill, Canada, the Trans Canada Railroad, nearly every national park in America and many others.

She typically avoided tourist tours and most of her adventures involved hiking and trekking. We will all miss her energy, work on conservation and environmental matters, and her friendship. She clearly led an interesting and active life. She will be missed by so many lives that she touched.

Yvonne is survived by four children: Janice Faust, Mark Henze, Martha Henze and Timothy Henze. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Joshua Cain, Benjamin Cain and Ian Henze; and four great-grandchildren, Allie Cain, Nathan Cain, Natalie Cain and Emma Cain.

Yvonne was active with and had great friends at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, which she called her local family. Donations in her name would always be appreciated and can be made to the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, P.O. Box 7530, Jackson, WY 83002

A memorial service and celebration of a life well lived is planned for Wednesday, June 1, at 11:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole. You are invited!

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