Sheila Newman (1945 - 2014)

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Sheila J. Newman

Fishkill - On Friday, February 28th, 2014 Sheila J. Newman, 68, quietly passed from this life at home.

Born on December 28th 1945 in New York City, she was the only child of Jack and Ruth "Ronnie" (Rosenbaum) Nathanson. She married Dennis W. Newman on May 24th, 1970. They moved to Fishkill in August of 1979.

Sheila grew up on Long Island and initially attended Hofstra University. Years later she returned to college at Dutchess Community, went on to Marist College, where she earned her bachelor's degree and enrolled in Fordham University's Masters of Social Work program, and graduated with honors.

She joined the staff of Highland Elementary School in 1991 where she practiced her social work skills with the children to whom she was devoted. Sheila worked with other school staff to implement social and holiday programs for the benefit of both students and parents in need. She retired in June of 2012. Sheila made many cherished friends through her work in Highland, as well as in the Fishkill community.

Sheila is survived by her beloved husband Dennis, her sons, William and Matthew, and her grandchildren. William and his wife Jean reside in Verbank and have a lovely daughter, Lauren Avery, aged two and a half. Matthew and his wife Alicia reside in Colonie, NY, and have a wonderful five year old daughter, Emma Marie, and a spirited one and a half year old son, Caden Matthew.

In addition, her family includes her uncle Bert Rosenbaum and his family in Grand Junction, Co. Sheila also has her most loved aunt, Terry Shertzer, from Morehead City, NC. Terry has two sons, Jeff Shertzer, Tampa FL, and Dr. Howard Shertzer, Cincinnati, OH and their respective families.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Memorial Sloan-Kettering in both New York City and Sleepy Hollow, NY. Hospice of Dutchess County supported Sheila in her wish to spend her final days at home with her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087-7106; or Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601;

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5 at the funeral home, followed by interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

For directions, online condolences, and memorial donations, please visit Sheila's Book of Memories at

Funeral Home
McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc.
1089 Main Street Fishkill, NY 12524
(845) 896-2000
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2014