Sarah Ellen Lynch never wanted to miss a party, always wanted to please, entertain and make people feel comfortable in her presence. She had the gift of the gab, could talk to anyone with her outgoing personality and calming demeanor. She pushed life to the limit and never let an obstacle get in her way. She always did so with a loving smile and a big heart!
Sarah was born in Bronxville, New York on July 24th 2003. She is the only daughter of Shane Lynch and Joanne O' Connor and is adored by her two brother's Colin and Sean. Sarah was raised in Yonkers, New York where she attended Elementary and Middle School 30 up to grade seven.
Sarah would move with her family to Thornwood, New York in 2016, where she attended Westlake Middle and High School. Moving home's was an easy adjustment for Sarah as her outgoing and radiant personality made making new friendships very easy. She became a life guard at Bronxville Country Club. Sarah enjoyed going to the Catskills and spending long summer breaks in Renard and Derriana, Ireland where she especially enjoyed staying with her grand-dad. It was on one of those trips to Ireland where Sarah did learn how to drive a stick shift car, something she was very proud of. When once asked if there was anything she could change in her life she replied with a grin... "I would only change the nose my father gave me"
Sarah had a musical ear and a natural talent for the fiddle. She started lessons at age six with the great Kathleen Collins, who continued to mentor Sarah for many years. Kathleen also thought Sarah set dancing and sean nos dancing. Sarah did it all and was excellent at whatever she put her mind to. She step danced for years at the Flynn School of Irish Dance where she met lifelong friends. Sarah also played at many Fleadh Cheoil's in Ireland with the Erin Loughran New York Ceili Band. Music was definitely a huge part of Sarah's life where she made many wonderful memories.
Sarah got accepted to more than six college's this year and was so looking forward to spending the next chapter of her life in college. Without word of warning Sarah tragically left this world on Monday February 15th, 2021. She will be mourned and missed by her loving family, her many friends, teachers and musical family. She will be deeply missed by her grand-dad John O' Connor to whom she loved to play the fiddle.
Sarah is survived by her parents, Shane Lynch and Joanne O'Connor, Her brothers Colin and Sean, Her Uncles John and Patrick O' Connor, Dermot (Sinead) Lynch, Cormac (Veronica) Lynch, Brendan (Finola) Lynch, Brian (Jackie) Lynch. Her Aunt's; Eileen (Joe) O' Sullivan, Mary (Johnjo) O' Donoghue, Noreen (Mike) Moran and Aileen (Noel) Reardon. She will be deeply missed by her Grandpa John O' Connor and her many cousin's. Sarah touched many people in her short but fruitful life. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Sarah is predeceased by her grandparents Jerry and Eileen Lynch and Nora O' Connor.
A celebration of Sarah's life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, New York on Sunday February 21st from 3:00 to 8:00pm. A funeral mass will take place at St. Barnabas Church located at 409 East 241st Street on Monday February 22nd at 10:45am. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sarah's name to the Martin O' Grady/Woodlawn School of Music, 279 East 236th Street Bronx, New York 10470.
Those wishing to view Sarah's Celebration of Life may also do so by visiting https://my.gather.app/remember/sarah-ellen-lynch on Sunday February 21st from 3:00 to 8:00pm. The Funeral Mass can also be viewed by visiting https://www.facebook.com/stbarnabascatholicchurch on Monday February 22nd at 10:45am.
With everybody's health and safety being a priority mourners will be asked to obey CDC guidelines. No more than 50 people are allowed in the funeral home at once and guests will be cycled through while practicing social distancing. Sarah's family understands that due to the current travel restrictions that many will not be able to attend. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by all at this time.