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Eileen (Noonan) Sheehan


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Eileen (Noonan) Sheehan Obituary
Eileen (Noonan) Sheehan
Beloved mother, grandmother,

Billerica teacher, Lowell resident, 96

Eileen (Noonan) Sheehan, 96, passed away holding the comforting hand of her devoted daughter, Eileen, in Tewksbury, MA on Sunday, August 5, 2018. She was the loving and devout wife of Daniel Sheehan for 31 years. Dan passed away after a long illness. Despite the challenges of Dan's illness and Eileen's outliving her husband by almost four decades, their loving marriage and her sweet stories about their time together were always inspirations to her family.

Eileen is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Dr. Maura Sheehan and Dr. Frank Fish of Downingtown, PA and Eileen York and Dr. Louis York of Acton, MA; her grandchildren: Carolyn Fish of State College, PA; Laura Fish of Austin TX; Elizabeth York and her husband, Byron Szymeczko of Raynham, MA; Brian York of Acton MA and great-grandson: Theodore Szymeczko. "Auntie" Eileen's extended family includes her sister-in-law, Jacqueline Noonan of Greensboro, NC; niece, Marilyn Foley and her husband, Peter Foley of Pelham, NH, other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews along with friends made through her family, her college and teaching experiences, and her faith.

Eileen was born in Worcester, MA, the younger daughter of the late Simon and Elizabeth Noonan. She moved to the Lowell Highlands as a child along with her late siblings, Marion Sturtevant and Donald Noonan. After her marriage, Eileen resided in the Belvidere section of Lowell for over 55 years prior to taking up residence at Bayberry at Emerald Court, Tewksbury, MA.

Eileen attended Worcester and Lowell elementary public schools, Moody Junior High and graduated as a Star Scholar from Lowell High School. She was Editor in Chief of the Lowell High School Review Staff her senior year. Along with 46 other young women at Lowell State Teacher's College, Eileen was awarded her B.S. in Education on "D-Day". She remained close to her alumni friends for decades and attended many events including a very joyful 50th reunion.

After college graduation, Eileen taught in Orange, MA before obtaining her teaching appointment in Billerica, MA. She taught for over three decades in Billerica elementary schools including the Pollard, Talbot, and Hajjar Schools; most of her work life was at the Talbot School, teaching first grade. She enjoyed her pupils and her dear colleagues. In 1974, Eileen represented Billerica as an Outstanding Teacher of America; however, Eileen's greatest career fulfillment was teaching almost a thousand children how to read and sharing with them her love of books and stories.

Eileen was a devout communicant at the Immaculate Conception Church for over 50 years. Throughout most of her retirement, she nurtured her faith by attending daily Mass. She also enjoyed spending time with many girlfriends during their after Mass brunch dates. Although many of the "girls" had passed away, Eileen continued to relish and share fond memories of them throughout her life.

Long ago, one childhood family friend described Eileen as an "indoor girl" because Eileen enjoyed reading, learning and conversations instead of athletics or partying. She was always knowledgeable about a variety of subjects, especially current events. Every day and until her last days, she devoured the Boston Globe and could discuss national and international events, politics, fashion and popular culture. Despite no devotion to watching entertainment or sports, she could tell you about the latest movies or how well the Patriots or Red Sox were doing. She most loved discussing the success and adventures of her grandchildren and extended family. Eileen provided sage counsel to everyone. Her wisdom, faith and "just peachy" attitude about life will be sorely missed and dearly remembered.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bayberry at Emerald Court and New England Hospice for their kind care.

SHEEHAN - Relatives and friends may call at the Mahoney Funeral Home, 187 Nesmith St, Lowell, MA on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9:00AM to 10:30AM. A Funeral Mass will be offered at the Immaculate Conception Church, 144 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852 on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:30AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eileen's name to the Immaculate Conception Church, 144 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852 and/or to support children's reading at the Pollard Memorial Public Library, 401 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852 (http://www.pollardml.org/get-involved/foundation ) or your local public library. Please visit www.MahoneyFuneralHome.com to send the family an e-condolence.
Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 9, 2018
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