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Virginia M. Sheldrick Virginia Sheldrick, a 30-year resident of Visalia, passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer on May 13, 2013, at the age of 70. She was born on November 21, 1942 in Hollis, New York, to Genevieve and William Mahnken. Virginia spent her childhood years in Lindenhurst, NY, attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy laying the foundation of her devout Catholic faith. Her artistic talent and creativity was cultivated in college, and she graduated from Farmingdale State University N.Y. with a degree in advertising, art and design. Her artistic career began when she was employed by Raymond Loewy and Associates in NYC, one of the most prestigious design firms in the USA She met her husband, Donald Sheldrick of New Barnet, England at a Printing & Publishing Co on Long Island N.Y. After a brief courtship, they married on July 4, 1965 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lindenhurst N.Y. Virginia is survived by her loving husband of 48 years and their four children: Stephanie[ Anderson] husband Shayne of Wilton CA, Colin Sheldrick wife Janice of Brisbane CA. Keith Sheldrick wife Maryjo of Phoenix AZ, and Darren Sheldrick wife Jenifer of Phoenix AZ. She was very proud of her five grandchildren McKenna,Austin,Katelyn, Michael and Ethan and at every opportunity would teach and encourage them to use their artistic talents, Virginia utilized her talent in art and education, teaching art at Trinity Catholic School in Tallahassee FL. where the family had moved too after her husband was transferred there in 1974 through his job in the Printing Industry. The family moved to Visalia in 1982 and at a later date she was hired by Visalia Unified School District as a teachers aide at Ivanhoe Elementary school where her artistic talent was put to good use until she retired in 2002. For many years Virginia was an active member of the Catholic Church of Visalia teaching confirmation classes,eucharistic ministry,making rosary beads and helping at the {then Good News Center] Bethlehem Center. She was also a member of the Tule Gem and Mineral Club where she put her talent to good use with jewelry making and scenic painting on rocks which were displayed at the Gem show in Exeter CA. Virginia was an avid traveller and with her husband Don spend sometime visiting England, France and Italy, she also travelled to Australia and New Zealand where they had friends. On retiring they bought a motor home and travelled into Canada and Alaska and most of the National & State Parks in the West, Virginia just loved to get behind the wheel and head for Arizona in the winter months to be with family, but her favorite destination was San Simeon, CA where she spent many happy hours beach combing with her faithful pet Missy. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17th 2013 at the Salser and Dillard Chapel at 127 E.Caldwell Ave with a Rosary at 6 p.m. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Visalia. Burial is pending at a later date. I would like to thank the staff of Kaweah Delta Hospice and Home Care for the services and care that she received during this most difficult time. Condolences may be e-mailed to [email protected]

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on May 16, 2013
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