Jean Sheehan, 86

Former Oak Park resident

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Jean Sheehan, 86, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died at her Englewood, Florida home on April 26, 2019 as a result of pancreatic cancer. She grew up in Deerfield and graduated from Highland Park High School where she met her husband-to-be, Neil. The Sheehans celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 10 of last year. 

A strong, loving, gracious woman with a great sense of humor, she was very active, whether greeting new neighbors, hosting an event, or helping those in need. She was welcoming and reached out to people. The Sheehan family home was always filled with friends, family, and loved ones. An avid bridge player and book club enthusiast, she organized family camping trips and was active in softball and tennis. Up until two years ago, she was playing tennis. She was an active member of the Beye School PTO and a dean secretary at OPRF High School from 1977 to 1999. She was a beloved and popular member on the staff, known for her pleasant and supportive demeanor and her genuine interest in all of the students with whom she came in contact. 

Jean Sheehan was the mother of seven children, all of whom graduated from OPRF, Cathy Sheehan (Doug Perasso), Patty (Joe) Walton, Terry (Danyelle) Sheehan, Tim (Karen) Sheehan, Tom Sheehan, Colleen (Ken) Bird, and Kelly Sheehan; and grandmother of her 15 grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held privately by her family. 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorials to the the Jessie Brown Memorial Fund Against Sex Trafficking, c/o Patty Sheehan Walton, 8 Windycrest Dr., Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

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