Sheila M. Ducharme, 59, passed away peacefully September 14, 2021. She was born April 13, 1962 in Pittsfield, MA, the daughter to Joseph M. Ducharme, Sr. and the late Louise (Hartigan) Ducharme. In addition to her father, Joseph Sheila is survived by sisters Anne M. Ducharme Flood, Christine E. Killeen, Barbara K. Ducharme and Judith A. Woolley; her brother, Joseph M. Ducharme, Jr.; and members of her foster family Father, Ronald Mesick; Mother Pat Mesick; Sisters Karen Mesick Burns and Crystal Mesick; and Brothers Barry Mesick, Ernie Mesick, Robert Mesick, and Thomas Mesick. Sheila also leaves behind the Ireland family of Feeding Hills and the Titar family of West Springfield, whose loving care in Sheila’s later years brought her many more good years than we could have hoped for. Sheila was born with Downes Syndrome but managed to live a full life with her foster family, enjoying hobbies like building puzzles, making latch hook rugs, painting, and making jewelry. She loved to have her nails painted and wear colorful Mardi Gras beads with matching headbands. Mealtime was her favorite time, eating heartily and satisfying her sweet tooth with dessert. Sheila learned to ride a bike through patience, determination, and perseverance. For some time, Sheila had a paper route and was voted the best delivery employee. She held other jobs most notably doing mailroom work at the Work Opportunity Center for more than 20 years. She was a dependable, friendly employee who really enjoyed the camaraderie with her co-workers. Sheila loved vacationing going to Disney World, Cape Cod (she loved looking for seashells on the beach) and even took a cruise to Nova Scotia. Sheila also enjoyed parties, often becoming the center of attention. She thoroughly enjoyed music and loved to sing - making up her own words to go with the melody. She was a spirited woman whose light shone brightly for all to see. A memorial service for Sheila will be held at 10AM on October 30, 2021 at the Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main Street, Agawam, MA. Family, friends, and the many social service providers who helped manage Sheila’s care are invited to attend. Donations may be made to the church on Sheila’s behalf. Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, Agawam has been entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.forastiere.com
Published by The Republican from Sep. 23 to Sep. 24, 2021.