Sheila Geraldine Riley
1945 - 2021
Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home Ltd.
149 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110
Riley, Sheila Geraldine ALBANY Sheila Geraldine Riley entered into eternal life on Sunday, May 9, 2021, at St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Albany. Sheila was born on January 18, 1945, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Sylvester and Dorothy (Wagner) Riley. She and her parents moved to Loudonville where she graduated from Shaker High School in Latham. Sheila worked for the New York State Library in various departments for more than 30 years until she retired in 2000. In retirement, she fulfilled her lifetime love of taking care of young children by providing babysitting and daycare for her friends' families. She was a fan of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and classic movies, television and music. Sheila loved animals and owned several dogs over the course of her life. She could often be spotted in the 1970s and 1980s at Hoffman's Playland when her nieces and nephews were visiting. Whenever they pleaded "Just one more ride, Aunt Sheila," she would always happily relent and give them each another ticket. Sheila was predeceased by her parents; sister Patricia; and brothers, Richard and Kevin. She is survived by her brothers, John of Albany, Michael and his wife Penny of Florida and Robert and his wife Nicole of Canada; and many nieces and nephews living in Florida, Virginia and Canada. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Latham. Sheila's family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Friday, May 14, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Rd., Latham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following the calling hours at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham with Reverend Geoffrey Burke officiating.Interment to follow in the St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Sheila's memory be honored by donations to the Capital District Humane Association, P.O. Box 11330, Loudonville, NY, 12211. For directions, information, to light a memory candle or order flowers for the family please visit

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Published by Albany Times Union on May 11, 2021.
Calling hours
9:00a.m. - 10:30a.m.
Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home Ltd.
149 Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110
Mass of Christian Burial
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
498 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham, New York
Funeral services provided by:
Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home Ltd.
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