Mary Jane Cecile 'Sis' Wheeler
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Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister; 84
SHIRLEY -- Mary Jane Cecile "Sis" Wheeler, 84, of Shirley, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her family.
Affectionately known by many as, "Gram."
Mrs. Wheeler was born in Shirley, November 20, 1928, one of eight children born to Wilfred and Helene A. (LaBrun) Chevrette, and was a lifelong Shirley resident.
She was a 1946 graduate of St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School in Fitchburg.
Mrs. Wheeler worked many years at the former George Frost Suspender Company in Shirley, retiring as a packing supervisor in 1990. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Shirley.
It didn't matter whether you knew her by, "Sis," "Mary Jane," "Cecile," or, "Gram," you counted yourself lucky to know her at all. She welcomed everyone into her heart and into her home. Many a holiday feast was shared at her table by family and friends; old and new alike and if you were a Firefighter, Police Officer or 911 Dispatcher that was on duty and couldn't make it to her table, she made sure it was brought to you. Her beloved husband, "Bobby," was a Firefighter with the Shirley Fire Department for over 50 years, which meant, "Gram," lived the life of a Firefighter's wife for over 50 years. She did so proudly; hosting many barbecue's and making countless goodies that provided comfort and joy to her extended family when needed. More than a few fires were fought back in the day, fueled by a sandwich or coffee made by Gram and the other wives.
Her favorite pastime was her family and visiting. "Sis," loved her family and loved a good visit! Many a summer day was spent in the screen house where stories old, older and new were shared. If you listened real close, you could probably hear some French, of the Canadian persuasion of course, being spoken when an old friend or one of her siblings visited. If the weather was cold, it was chats stove side and of course, regardless of the season, always by the side of her favorite recliner. She loved trips to here there and everywhere. A trip for a good meal, to see some sights, to visit a newly born Grandchild or just a ride around town, she welcomed them all and of course there was the shopping trips. How she enjoyed announcing to the men of the house she was heading off with one of her daughters to shop.
She is survived by: her husband of 62 years, Robert E. "Bob" Wheeler Sr.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Gerard E. Wheeler and his wife, Doris and Robert E. Wheeler Jr., all of Shirley; four daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary A. and Lee Farrar, Mary Jane and Paul Farrar, Ellen S. and John Cauley, all of Shirley; Annette M. and Eric Munnis of Greenville, NH; a brother and sister-in-law, Albert Chevrette and his wife, Roberta, of Shirley; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Hartwell and her husband, Myron, of Pepperell; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Cardillo; her sister-in-law, Mabel Folkins;
11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren.
She is predeceased by: her parents, Wilfred and Helene A. (LaBrun) Chevrette; her sisters, Marianna Chevrette, Margaret Auger and Theresa Pothier; her brothers, Gerard Chevrette and Norman Chevrette.
WHEELER -- A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 16th at St. Anthony's Church, 14 Phoenix Street, Shirley. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashoba Nursing & Hospice Service, 2 Shaker Rd.
D-225, Shirley, MA 01464. The T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Ayer is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Mar. 15, 2013