James E. Sheeley, 77, of 215 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, died after a lengthy illness on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home with his children and his dog by his side.
He was born April 30, 1935 in Dagus Mines, son of the late Edward J. and Beatrice Cuneo Sheeley. On January 9, 1960 in Ridgway, he married Shirley E. Lyle who preceded him in death on March 29, 2012.
Mr. Sheeley was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey Schools. He was first employed by PJ Fleming and then went on to become a retired employee of Keystone Carbon Company, retiring in 1997 after 43 years of service.
He was a fighter when he learned of his cancer. He kept going as long as he could and had a strong will to survive. He enjoyed meeting other people when he would be receiving his chemotherapy treatments at the Hahne Cancer Center in DuBois.
He was a loving father and husband, and was always there for his five children and three grandchildren whenever they needed him. He missed his wife Shirley dearly and never got over the fact she had gone before him. Although he and Shirley never went on a long vacation themselves, they were always happy just to spend time at home doing odds and ends of things together for 51 years. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He loved to be outside mowing the grass and he took great care of his lawn. He enjoyed sitting in his front lawn watching people who went by and gave them a wave. He loved meeting people and talking to about anyone about anything. He loved taking care of his vehicles when he was able. He loved a clean, shiny car. He could also be seen riding around town on his moped or scooter on a beautiful sunny day.
He loved listening to country music or the polka party on Sunday mornings. He would often be seen riding around town with his music playing. He liked going to the Toby ball field to watch his grandsons, Evan and Alex, play baseball. If he wasn’t there he could be seen at his granddaughter Stephanie’s soccer games.
He loved his dog, “Abby”, and loved to play with her. She will sadly miss him. He loved taking her for rides in the vehicle, either for getting the newspaper, taking rides out the mountain, or just for a ride around town. She stayed right beside him whenever she knew he was not feeling well.
He was a lifelong member of the St. Boniface Church, the Kersey Eagles, the Kersey Firemen, and the Fox Twp. Legion. He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, receiving his third degree.
He is survived by four daughters, Patricia Walker and her husband David of Kersey, Jamie Sidelinger and her husband Timothy of Kersey, Lisa Feidler and her husband Anthony of Kersey, and Amy Gorton and her husband Robert of Dagus Mines; a son, Timothy J. Sheeley, at home; three grandchildren, Stephanie Sidelinger and her fiancée Nathan Weinzierl, Evan Gorton, and Alex Gorton; and three sisters, Lucille Klotz of Ridgway, Helen J. Mattivi of Dagus Mines, and Kathleen Luchini of Kersey.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Stover.
Due to the renovations of the St. Boniface Church, a Mass of Christian Burial for James E. Sheeley will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James Faluszczak officiating.
Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday evening from 5-8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846, the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857, or to the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA 15801.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com .