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Sheila Keenan

Sheila Marie Keenan, 73, Clarks Summit, formerly of Archbald, died Sunday at home.

Born Aug. 26, 1939, in Peckville, she was the daughter of the late Edward W. and Mary M. Cawley Keenan. Shelia lived most of her life in Archbald before moving to Clarks Summit in 1993. She was a 1957 graduate of Archbald High School and she received her bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1961 from Marywood University and subsequently received her teaching certification in art education. Shelia began her professional career as a commercial artist for the Globe Store and then became a teacher for the Scranton School District where she taught for over 20 years. She was a member of Church of St. Gregory, Clarks Green.

A true lover of the arts, she formerly sang with the Northeastern Philharmonic chorus. An avid artist, she enjoyed painting, sketching and singing. She was an accomplished pianist.

Surviving are two sisters, Marian Cunningham and husband, Denis, Amherst, NH; and Margaret King and husband, Joseph, Waverly; a brother John, St. Petersburg, Fla.; nieces and nephews, including, Mark Cunningham, Teresa Zoda, Maura King, David Keenan, Colleen Hamby and Kelly Ann Fisher.

She was also preceded in death by aunts, Sister Anna Cawley, R.C., Cenacle Order; and Claire Cawley; and three uncles, the Rev. Joseph Cawley, S.J.; the Rev. John Cawley; and Richard Cawley Sr.

The funeral will be Wednesday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. from Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green. Interment, St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, Archbald.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the church Wednesday from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509 or Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.


9:00 am - 9:45 am Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Church of St. Gregory
330 North Abington Road
Clarks Green, Pennsylvania, United States

Service Information

10:00 am Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Church of St. Gregory
330 North Abington Road
Clarks Green, Pennsylvania, United States

Interment Information

St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery
411 Church Street
Archbald, Pennsylvania, United States

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I had the pleasure of attending Marywood with Sheila as a fellow art major. We became good friends and continued our ties after graduation working together under Title One in the Scranton School District before I moved to Pittsburgh. Sheila is remembered as a talented, lovely, gentle woman. It was a joy having known her. May God bring her His loving comfort in eternity.

Mary Catherine DeNero Sep 17 2013 12:00 AM