Vibrant, passionate, determined, loving and loved. Sheila Marie Walsh, 59, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home in Rochester.
Sheila was born April 10, 1958 in St. Croix Falls, WI to Leslie and Lynnette (Gebhart) Chase. She was a graduate of Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, class of 1976. On August 10, 1979, Sheila married Allyn Walsh in Hopkins, MN at St. Joseph Church.
Sheila devoted her life to raising her family. As her youngest child approached graduation she returned to her own aspirations to pursue a career. It became a challenge to see who would graduate first. She won! Just before she sent her youngest child off to college, she achieved her certification as a cancer registrar. Sheila found a new passion working for Mayo Clinic and was a committed member of the National Cancer Registrars Association.
Sheila is survived by her loving husband, Allyn; children, Jesse (Sheila) Walsh of Ames, IA., Breallyn (Brandon) Winter of Pine Island, MN., and Teagan (David Cunningham) Walsh of St. Paul, MN; grandchildren, Torin and Jax Winter, Nathaniel and Alexander Walsh. Sheila is also survived by her parents, Leslie and Lynnette Chase; sisters, Jennifer Weibel, Cindy (Jim) Toupin, Lisa (Jim) Filiatrault and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, David Chase.
A memorial mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. NW, Rochester, with Father Will Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of mass. Burial will be held on a later date. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Memorials to the The Raptor Center https://www.raptor.umn.edu and Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance https://www.braininjurymn.org/index.php
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My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I pray that you are surrounded by peace and comfort. I've had the pleasure of working with Sheila and she was such a joy to work with. Such a kind heart, funny and loving. You will be deeply missed Sheila.
There is nothing easy about losing a child, sibling, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt. I wish you all peace and profoundly fond and comforting memories in this very difficult time.
"O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You."
Your family is in our prayers
She was amazing, and raised amazing children, that is what we are here for, sending prayers from Arizona.....we will miss you....
Love my mom so vary much the best grandma ever
Allyn, I was shocked to read the sad news today about Sheila. Please know that Jayne and I will keep you and your family in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. Please reach out if there is anything I might be able to do for you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walsh family. May you find comfort in happy memories and strength from the love and support of family and friends throughout this difficult time.
With Sympathy from the WSC-Power organization and the entire IBM family.
Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Be comforted in your memories of Sheila and she will stay in your hearts, and know that she will be watching over you until you see her again.
Linda Chase Laughlin (Steve)
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