Jenelline (Nell) Ann Connors Young
Jenelline (Nell) Ann Connors Young lost her battle to cancer on October 22, 2017. She is survived by her beloved husband, Philip Young, and had expressed it is with a broken heart that she will not get to grow old with him or see their twin children Ann and Richard (Richie) become adults. She is also survived by the her mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Finston Tierney, her sister Elizabeth (Betty Ann) and her husband John S. Ferro, her brother Paul M. Tierney and his wife Theresa, her sister Maryann Tierney, her sister-in-law Barbara Young Kendzierski, her sister-in-law MaryLou Tabo and her husband Joseph, her brother-in-law Joseph Young and his partner Alys Vattilana. Additionally she is survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Her eldest brother Dennis Tierney predeceased her in 1996.
Jenelline was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. She studied Nursing at Pace University and later received a B.S. in Political Science from Hunter College; interning for Senator Al D’Amato of NY as part of her studies. As an adult she lived in Florida, Idaho, Montana and Oregon – where she meet her husband – before moving to St. Albans VT and Nashua NH.
She last worked for the Federal Government in St. Albans at the CIS unit that provides non-citizen victims protections under the provisions of the Violence against Women Act (VAWA), the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA) and the Victims of Criminal Activity Act. Although she wished such protections were not necessary, adjudicating these petitions and applications gave her a professional purpose that she found to be very rewarding. While acknowledging there was nothing she could do concerning these individuals’ pasts, she hoped to a positive impact on their futures. On a personal note, the encouragement and devotion her friends in the unit provided her moments of heart-touching happiness, laughs, and always brightened her day during her long illness.
Prior to the onset of her illness Jenelline was a full time caregiver for her invalid mother. And she was heavily involved with the Parent Action Committee at The Nature of Things – Second Nature Academy. Another institution where she made some very dear friends who were supportive to the end.
In the hope of helping to identify preventative or curative treatments she donated her remains to Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock. A small family service is planned and a memorial may be arranged at a future date.
Jenelline hoped that her family, friends, and neighbors who brought her so much joy, would celebrate her life by reminiscing about their shared fun times and wished all of them long lives filled with the same happiness they had brought into hers.