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MARGARET SHEEHAN


1920 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
MARGARET SHEEHAN Obituary
MARGARET SHEEHAN Margaret F. Sheehan, 96, a wonderful mother and doting wife, entered our world in 1920, enjoyed a righteous life, endured longevity's ills and returned to Christ March 6, 2017. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., she caught the eye of a St Johns' star third baseman, Douglas. They fell in love, were engaged during his U.S. Army Air Corps flight training and married in 1943. After World War II, they embarked together on a 30-year U.S. Air Force career. During this journey, she uprooted her household 15 times (by '56, with 7 kids in tow.) After retiring, they lived in Florida, in Georgia, and the past 17 years in Las Vegas. While she would proudly state her occupation as homemaker, Margaret was a life-long community volunteer. She was always active in the many Officers' Wives Clubs and, as a devout Catholic, she honored her faith by helping out with the American Red Cross, VA hospitals, Boy Scouts of America, churches, schools and charities. In Las Vegas, she weekly volunteered at Spring Valley and San Martin hospitals before her "retirement" at 92. An avid tennis player, golfer and athlete throughout her life, she played tennis well into her 80s. She sparred weekly with her double's group highlighted by a match against Gladys Knight (remember the Pips?). Always game to attend events, her fan enthusiasm flew her to the U.S. and Australian Opens. She relished her time as a tourist. Wherever stationed, she found time to explore the area's cultures. In Germany, she targeted central Europe, and even returned from their tour in '52 via Oceanliner to New York. Along with Doug, she attended numerous reunions of their '49 Weather Group, highlighted by the 40th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift in Germany. A terrific role model, she treated her family and all she met with humor, respect and genuine interest. Margaret was highly-skilled playing cards and adept at video poker. Always ready to have fun, she would sing and dance whenever the music played. She loved the casinos, entertainment, wine and champagne. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Sheehan; daughter, Eileen Stout; and sister, Joan Verderosa. She is survived by her husband, of nearly 74 years, Douglas Sheehan; her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Jean Sheehan; her daughters, Margaret M. Sheehan and Mary Simmons; her sons, John Sheehan and Kevin Sheehan; niece, Joanne Montanye; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. We will often toast this beautiful woman and beloved matriarch. Sometime in the future, Margaret's life will culminate in a ceremonial service for dual interment. Donations in her memory can be made to Catholic Charities.
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