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Patricia Shea
August 4, 1940 - June 15, 2012


Patricia A. Shea “Pat” was born on August 4, 1940, daughter of Glen and Mary (Stence) Probert on the family farm near Wadena, Iowa. Pat grew up in the area and graduated from Volga High School in 1957. She continued her education at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. After graduating, Pat spent a year interning at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, then moved to Oelwein where she worked as a Lab Technician at Mercy Hospital until she retired in 2000. On October 8, 1960, Pat was united in marriage with Daniel Shea in Volga, Iowa. 

Pat was a very active lady, she loved to dance, work, crossword puzzles, help out at Sacred Heart and Wings Park school with the children, Meals on Wheels , Oelwein Care Center, Relay for Life and many many more volunteer jobs. Pat was one not to say no to anyone.  Pat was a friend to all. She loved her family very much and her friends as well. Everyone will always have a special place in their heart for Pat, she will dearly be missed. 

Pat is survived by her children, Dan (Kathy) Shea of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sandy (Chris) Ries of Edgewood, Iowa and Bobby (Missy) Shea of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren, Jamie Shea, Danielle Shea, Amie (Brett) Hunter, Matt Hamann, Morgan Shea and Dustin Shea; four step-grandchildren, Caryn Fry, Colleen Ries, Nathan Ries and Natalie Ries; five sisters, Kathleen (Jack) Lantaff of Lovell, Wyoming, Martha (Clark) Burgin of Oelwein, Glenda (Gary) Wytaske of Hastings, MN, Teresa Kocourek of Hopkins, MN and Cindy (Duke) Luther of Brooklyn Park, MN; and Many Nieces and Nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan (May 1982); her daughter, Sherry Hamann (November 2000);  her sister, Mary Ellen; her parents; and her special friend Bill Murphy.  

VISITATION: 3-7 PM on Wednesday, June20 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Rosary service at 4 PM, and Scripture Service at 6:30 PM

FUNERAL: 11 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.


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Dan Shea on August 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM said:

Miss ya mom!! You touched so many lives. I feel good that you are in a great place with dad, Sherry, Maryellen and so many others. Love Ya!!!
Jill Schaberg-Minneapolis, MN on June 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM said:

I have very fond memories of Patty. A true gem of a woman.
I am thinking of you all today as you say your Goodbyes to Patty. What a sad day. She will be greatly missed by all
who knew her.
Connie (Chase-Sanford) Fowlkes on June 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM said:

Martha and family - so sorry to read about Pat. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless
Sheryl Gosse on June 19, 2012 at 9:24 PM said:

Dan, Sandy, Bobby; Martha & rest of family: I'm shocked to hear of Pat's passing. She was a wonderful friend and co- worker in which we had many fun times together over the years. She will forever remain in my heart and just wanted to share this special poem with you: That God only takes the best and he saw Pat was getting tired, When a cure was not to be, He wrapped his arms around her,whispered,“Come to me." You didn’t deserve what you went thru, So He gave you rest. God’s garden is beautiful, as He only takes the best, and when he saw you sleeping, peaceful and free from pain we all could not wish you back To suffer that again. Rest in peace, my friend and watch over your family, we all love you and wish you the best on your new journey and back home with family and friends.
Dr, Dick Fiester on June 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM said:

I have known Pat since 1976 when I was one of the traveling pathologists from Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. I worked with her through the years and I always had high professional regards for her. It was an honor and delight to work and know her. We will miss her. God Bless.
Mike Bates on June 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM said:

Pat was an exceptional lady! I am sorry for your loss. She always had a smile and a 'what can I do to help' attitude!

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dan, Sandy, Bobby and all.
Lynn Erdelt Reinert on June 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Dan. Your mom was a very special person. She always smiled and called me by name whenever she saw me. We will miss her.
Becky Robinson on June 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers go out to all family for Pat. What an awesome lady !!! Had some good laughs with her when working for Tom's Tap (and Bob o Links).

When doing blood work at the hospital she was professional too.

Heaven has another angel !!
M. Johnson on June 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM said:

Love lives forever. May you find contentment in your heartfelt memories. My deepest sympathy to the family.(Romans 15:4)

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