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Mary Teen Sheil Carlson

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Mary Teen Sheil Carlson Obituary
Mary Teen Sheil Carlson

Des Moines

Mary Teen Sheil Carlson went to her eternal reward on March 7, 2013. Teen was born in Mt. Ayr, Iowa on August 2, 1927. Teen was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Sheil and Irma (Raugh) Henry, her sister Jennifer Henry Perry, and the father of her children Ray A. Carlson. Teen leaves behind two daughters: Dr. Michael Anne Carlson (Dr. Pamela Duffy), and Jane Mendelson, as well as one grandson Benjamin. She also leaves her brother James Sheil, his three children and one grandson, half-brother Dennis Henry, and brother-in-law Hugh Perry.

Teen was a long-time resident of Beaverdale and loved to walk the neighborhood streets. She tended a beautiful flower garden and took pride in her immaculate home. She enjoyed the neighborhood association and participated in potlucks and gatherings there. She faithfully attended daily Mass at the Basilica of St. John for years, then at least every Saturday. She was an active contributor to the church through the Altar and Rosary Society, the Basilica Choir, Adoration hours, and in many other ways. As one parishioner put it "Teen was a real cracker-jack!"

Teen graduated in 1945 from North High School in Des Moines, and enjoyed the monthly luncheons of the '45ers Club until ill health made it impossible. After high school Teen attended nurse's training in Sioux City, and then met a baseball player from Chicago, whom she married. They traveled, had two daughters, and eventually settled in Des Moines, where Teen began working at the Des Moines Register and Tribune. She worked at the R&T for 37 ½ years, an organization of which she was very proud, winning several Agate Awards for performance excellence. Following retirement she enjoyed the monthly luncheon of the R&T Retirees Club, long walks, and reading books from the Franklin Library. She was the first volunteer for Hospice of Central Iowa and served faithfully for more than twenty years.

Even though in her last few years Teen suffered from Alzheimer's, she was able to express thanks for every least kindness shown to her. Following her example, her family would like to express gratitude to those who helped care for her. Dr. Yogi Shah, the Sheridan Ave. neighbors, and Aging Advocates made it possible for her to remain in her own home as long as possible. The staff of the Perry Lutheran Home provided wonderful care and respectful compassion during her last few months. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America by calling 866-AFA-8484 or online at: alzfdn.org.

A visitation with the family and Rosary will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday March 10 at the Caldwell-Raddatz Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday March 11 at the Basilica of St. John, MLK and University, Des Moines. Interment at Glendale Cemetery after Mass will be followed by luncheon at the church hall.

Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 10, 2013
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