Sally R. O'Shea
1958 - 2021
BORN
1958
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Grise Funeral Home
280 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA
Sally (Thorn) O’Shea, age 62, passed away peacefully with her loving husband by her side on Feb. 22, 2021 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She was born on June 17, 1958 in Niagara Falls, NY to John and Janet Thorn. She grew up in Williamstown, MA where she volunteered at the Williamstown Theatre. She attended Bates College and completed her degree at UMass Amherst, Class of 1982. After graduating, she spent time working at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT and the McCarter Theater Company in Princeton, NJ. After moving back to MA, she worked as the Business Manager for the Theater Department and the Program Director for the UMass Amherst Arts Council before retiring in 2015. One of her many designs included her family's home in Granby, where she was dedicated to the PTO, School Building Committee and received the Granby Lions' "Citizen of the Year" award. Her love of travel brought her around the world where she could often be found exploring small European villages, relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun. These travels created some of her fondest memories with family and friends. A little known local fact is that she is also the "Sally" of the ice cream flavor "Sally's Coffee Grounds" at Flayvors of Cook Farm in Hadley! After her ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2010, she committed time and effort to uplifting others' lives in the cancer community through advocacy, fundraising and volunteering. Even with this, she did not let her diagnosis define her. Sally's love of color and textiles shined bright through her vibrant quilts, many of which received awards. A talented quilter, she stitched miniature millet-filled stars out of color fabrics known as "Sally's Stars". Over the past 9 years, 17,000+ stars have been spread globally sharing love and hope to all that hold them. In 2016, Sally was recognized as one of Mass General Cancer Center's "100 Honorees" for her volunteer and patient advocacy efforts. Above all else, she gave her whole heart to being an incredible mother, wife and friend. She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Tim O’Shea; one son, Conor O’Shea and one daughter Maggie O’Shea and her partner Matt Kachersky, and many dear friends. Current services will be private with a Celebration of Life forthcoming. For those wishing, donations may be made to Cancer Connection in Northampton, MA. The Grise Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.GriseFh.com.
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Published by The Republican from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2021.
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19 Entries
Mary and Gene O'Brien
March 9, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Noreen O’SHEA
Family
March 7, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Cecilia O’Shea
Family
March 6, 2021
So sorry Tim, take care of yourself & your family. Love you . Chris & Den Skawinski. Hope to see you soon.
Chris & Den Skawinski
March 5, 2021
So sorry Tim, take care of yourself & your family. Love you . Chris & Den Skawinski. Hope to see you soon.
Chris & Den Skawinski
March 5, 2021
It was a blessing to know Sally. She was a true inspiration.
Laurie O'Shea
Family
March 5, 2021
Layla and the kids
March 4, 2021
I will forever remember Sally as being a wonderfully kind and creative person. We enjoyed many great times together during PTO meetings, tastefully simple parties, sporting events and Atkins suppers when our boys were in elementary school. Sally could always be counted on to do a great job and be a big help in anything she undertook, and always graciously. Tim, Conor and Maggie, I am so, so sorry. She will forever be fondly remembered. May God bring you comfort and peace.
Lynn Mercier
Friend
March 4, 2021
God Bless Sally! She was always giving.
Rob Desormier
Acquaintance
March 4, 2021
Tim (and family) I am truly sorry to hear this. While I only met Sally a couple of times, she had a genuine smile that you couldn't help but smile back to.
Todd Carpenter
Acquaintance
March 4, 2021
It has been a number of years since I last saw Sally at the Granby schools. She was always a positive and warm person. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with her family and friends.
Terri Connaughton
Acquaintance
March 3, 2021
Sally has been a beloved member of the Spirit of the Written Word writing group at Cancer Connection for 10 years. She was always clear eyed and compassionate in her writing and her support of the other writers, sharing stars and cookies and all around friendliness.
I know the other members of the group join me in sending our deepest sympathy to Sally's family for this inestimable loss. We will miss her.
Pam Roberts
Teacher
March 3, 2021
My deep condolences Tim to you and your family for the loss of your wife and your children’s mother.
David Krupa
Friend
March 3, 2021
When someone like Sally O'Shea touches your life, there's a JOY and profound sense of understanding and caring felt; then when they are gone, a deep sense of loss hard to explain. I miss her so much. My husband Glenn and I were so blessed to have her in our lives. The stars she gave us, the compassion she showed us, and the memories she left us are forever etched in our hearts and minds.
Denise Wagner
Friend
March 3, 2021
My deep condolences to Tim, Conor and Maggie, and to the O'Shea family. Sally was an amazing person who will be missed.
Mary Ellen Lowney
Friend
March 3, 2021
Sally and I shared time at many events through the years at Cancer Connection as volunteers and participants. I shall miss her smile and gentle ways. Sally ODonnell
Sally odonnell
Friend
March 3, 2021
I am heartbroken to hear this sad news! Sally has always been a ray of light whenever she visited Flayvors over the years. In 2012, Sally come to me and asked if I would make a donation to a local hospice group. Hospice helped my own family many years ago, so I jumped at the chance. We will continue to donate and work with them in her honor. I want the family to know that she blessed so many and will continue to be a blessing. Wishing you peace in this solemn time.
Deb Cook
Friend
March 2, 2021
So sorry Tim and your family on the loss of your beautiful Wife, your in my thoughts and prayers as you start your journey without Sally. May she rest in peace
Anna Mae Kavanagh- Reeves
Friend
March 2, 2021
I met Sally at Camp Mak-a-Dream in Montana at a Ovarian Cancer Survivors Retreat. We only spent 5 days together but that was the beginnings of our friendship. I am glad that the internet existed so we could keep in touch on Facebook. I will truly miss her beautiful smile, creativity and loving grace. Sally truly made a difference during her time on earth. She has earned her peace filled angel wings. I know she will be watching closely over her loving family.
Sue “Trap” Trapper
Friend
March 2, 2021
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