She also became engaged. Married in Syracuse, they had their wedding reception at the country club in the small town of Skaneateles, which would later become their hometown. After nearly fifty-six years together, Sheila leaves behind the love of her life, her husband John Edward Kelly, Jr. In their long marriage together, neither was ever happier than when in the other’s company. Their faithfulness to each other survives as an example of the courage of their convictions. Motherhood was her mission, which she passionately embraced, raising seven children. She leaves behind her six surviving children, Chris (Lynn), AJ (Cynthia), Mickey, Jen, Maggie (Scott), and Terry (Leigh). She was equally passionate about Nana-hood, and adored her six grandchildren. She leaves behind Paige, Connor, Shannon, Jessica, Sarah, and John D. She is survived by her sister, Madeleine (Richard), their daughter, Nicki, her brother’s children Gary (Amy) and Michael and his children, Bryan and Jason, her cousin Michael (Kathleen) as well as countless relatives, friends and loved-ones, too numerous to mention, but far too important to forget. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marjorie, her brother, Bob, her son, John Edward, and many grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Sheila was a woman of unusual courage, serenity, and wisdom conquering whatever was in front of her with a bright smile and her infectious laugh. In all things, she was guided by her Catholic faith and sustained by her family, church and friends. She was very proud of her country, often displaying the flag and wearing red, white and blue. She was also passionate about her faith, spending years as a Catechist at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, as well as her Irish heritage. As the granddaughter of a police officer, and the mother of a police officer, she also had a very special place in her heart for all first-responders. On behalf of her family, she would want to thank those first responders who personally helped her in her time of need, and in her family’s
many times of need.
There is no expectation of donation or flowers, as Sheila’s memory will live on in the hearts of all of us. If people would like to remember her with a contribution though, the family would ask that St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, 81 Jordan Street Skaneateles, NY 13152
be a consideration.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, June 5, at 10 am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Skaneateles, NY. A reception in Sheila’s honor will follow the service in the St. Mary’s Parish Center, and all are welcomed.
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