October 31, 1933 – December 21, 2021
Sunshine Timrud, Longtime Woodstock resident, passed away peacefully at her home in Bearsville on December 21st, at the age of 88. Adopted at the age of 6 months, she was nicknamed Sunshine, because she brought so much sunshine into their lives. In the later years she legally changed her name to her well known nickname of Sunshine. While growing up in Union City, NJ, Sunshine spent her summers in Woodstock. She later attended The Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League Summer school in Woodstock. Sunshine later became part of a large circle of artists and writers living in Woodstock and was admired for her beauty and talent. Sunshine worked for Edgar Vilchur who invented the acoustic suspension loudspeaker which revolutionized the field of high-fidelity equipment.
Sunshine was preceded in death by Dr. David Timrud, a psychiatrist with a practice in Kingston. Together they built an idyllic mini farm on their property which included a large vegetable garden along with chickens, goats, two ponies and their resident dog and cat. Together they also co-founded The National Dog registry at a time when family pets were being stolen for use as laboratory subjects. The registry required that pets be tattooed with the owners Social Security numbers and no laboratory in the country would accept tattooed animals. The use of technology with implanted chips would replace the tattoo idea.
Sunshine is survived by family members and her many friends.
A memorial service will be held in her favorite field with her beloved view of the mountains in early spring.