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Loraine Sheahen passed peacefully at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center - Eden Center on Feb. 8, 2018. Loraine was born Jan. 12, 1931 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, daughter of the late Mathilda and Herbert Mensching.
She was united in marriage to Gerald Sheahen in 1951. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 2012. They were happily married for 61 years.
Loraine was raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois, graduated from Arlington Heights High School and attended Concord College.
At a young age she helped her mother, Mathilda, organize fashion shows and operate the Loraine Anne Shop in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
She was a lifelong, dedicated member of the Republican Party and once served as an aide to U.S. Representative Philip Crane. She was a den mother for her sons' cub scouting. She also enjoyed being a real estate agent.
Loraine and Jerry raised five sons before moving to Livonia, where Jerry accepted a new job; after his death she relocated to Kalkaska to be close to her sons. For many years Loraine loved sharing weekends and summers with family at their authentic log cabin on Manistee Lake.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael G. Sheahen in 1985; and a brother, Stanley Mensching.
She is survived by her children, Kevin (Lynn) Sheahen, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Patrick Sheahen, of Phoenix, Arizona, Timothy (Juli) Sheahen, of Gaylord, and Gerald "Chip" Sheahen Jr., of Kalkaska; grandchildren, Melissa (Matthew) Lux, Dr. Maureen (Douglas) Schwegman, Emily (Matthew) Feller, William G. Sheahen, Elizabeth (Daniel) Eyrolles, Matthew Wyant, Katrina (Robert) Tarasi, Jennifer (Brian) Coles, Brandon Reed, Carsen Sheahen, Gabriel Sheahen and Kurt Sheahen; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A visitation will begin on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., with a funeral service starting at 1 p.m., at Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home. Loraine will be laid to rest next to her husband Gerald Sheahen at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.
A special thank you is extended to the nurses and staff at the Eden Center who took such great care of Loraine.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made on Loraine's behalf to Kalkaska Memorial Health Center - Green House, 419 S. Coral St., Kalkaska, MI 49646.
Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home, our family servings yours.
Published on February 9, 2018
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