July 13, 1938 - November 5, 2021
Sister Maureen Sheahan, OP, of Grand Rapids (born Catherine Ann Sheahan in Rosebush, MI) died on November 5, 2021. She was 83 years old and a Dominican Sister for 64 years. Sister Maureen became certified in Food Service Management through Fontbonne College, Missouri. Over the years she prepared meals for persons of all ages and walks of life. She served the Sisters in the Marywood infirmary and later the Motherhouse. She served in missions at Catholic Central, Aquinas College, St. Stephen, St. Joseph’s, Grand Rapids; St. Joseph, Pewamo; St. Joseph, Saginaw; St. Mary, Gaylord; and St. Anne, Alpena. Sr. Maureen and Sister Ann Terrence Wieber, accepted an offer to manage the food service department for St. Lawrence Seminary at Mt. Calvary in Wisconsin where they fed over 350 seminarians, brothers, and priests every day. It was a rural environment where the local people pasteurized their own milk and butchered the cows and pigs on an as needed basis. Returning to Michigan she served in food service at Booth Salvation Army, Northview Manor, Yorkshire Place, Stonebridge Manor, and Villa Elizabeth. Sister Maureen continued in the ministry of food service with Hospice, Head Start, and satellite food service support for Michigan Family Resources. She volunteered at St. Alphonsus Parish with those working to provide clothing, food, and services to the needy of that neighborhood. In her later years Sister Maureen assumed family ministry, helping care for her mother in a nursing home and continuing to volunteer where and when needed. Her classmates remember her as friendly and kind, conscientious in her commitments at work and home. They also recall that she was fun to be with and a willing companion for adventures in travel and new experiences. She was sensitive to people’s needs and responsive to anyone who was in need of special attention, a phone call, or just a friendly presence. Sr. Maureen is survived by her sisters Mary Lou (Marshall) Jurn, Phoenix, AZ; Patricia Jane Sutton, Naples, FL; sister-in-law Rosie Sheahan, Lake, MI; uncle: Fredrick (Teresa) Sheahan, Flint, MI; nieces and nephews, many friends and members of her Dominican community. In an effort to protect our vulnerable population from the Covid-19 virus a private Funeral Mass with vaccinated immediate family members and Sisters will be celebrated at Dominican Chapel /Marywood on Friday, November 12. Masks are required. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials in Sister Maureen Sheahan’s name may be made to the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters.
Sister Maureen Sheahan, OP, of Grand Rapids (born Catherine Ann Sheahan in Rosebush, MI) died on November 5, 2021. She was 83 years old and a Dominican Sister for 64 years. Sister Maureen became certified in Food Service Management through... View Obituary & Service Information
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