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Shelia Flanagan-Sheils

Attorney Sheila Marie Flanagan-Sheils of Clarks Summit died Monday, October 7, at Geisinger Community Medical Center after a long and courageous battle against a neurological disease. She was 36 years old.

She is survived by her husband, Attorney Robert P. Sheils III and her two children, Robert P. Sheils IV, age 4, and Clare Regina Sheils, age 21 months.

Born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, Sheila was the daughter of Attorney Joseph F. Flanagan, Laflin and the late Regina Kelley Flanagan. She was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Carnegie Mellon University with honors and Phi Beta Kappa and Boston College Law School. Sheila served as a law clerk to Honorable David N. Wecht of the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, Family Division and practiced law with the Pittsburgh law firm of Wilder & Mahood. Until her illness she was a staff attorney for United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Sheila was an elegant woman with a dignified and warm personality. Her brilliant blue eyes and bright smile illuminated her life and warmed everyone's hearts. She served as coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition for Region 5 District 3 (Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties) for several years and served as co-chairman of the Interfaith Service Committee for the Lackawanna County Bar Association. Sheila was a member of the board of directors for Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania and served as its secretary. She was a founding member of the St. Thomas More Society for the Legal Profession for the Diocese of Scranton. Sheila was member of Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit and the Country Club of Scranton.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and children, are her father, Attorney Joseph F. Flanagan, Laflin; a brother, Michael Flanagan and wife, Linda, Laflin; a sister, Maureen Flanagan, Duryea; her mother-in-law, M. Constance Sheils and father-in-law, Attorney Robert P. Sheils Jr., Clarks Summit; and a sister-in-law, Ann E. Noland, Buckeystown, Md.; as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Sheila was preceded in death by her mother, Regina Kelley Flanagan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory's Church, Clarks Green, to be celebrated by the Rev. John Lapera, Msgr. James McGarry, the Rev. Jeffery Tudgay and other priests of the Diocese of Scranton. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jennings Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit and Saturday, 9 to 9:45 a.m., at St. Gregory's Church, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sheils Children's Education Fund at Peoples Neighborhood Bank, 494 North Gravel Pond Road, P.O. Box 248, Clarks Summit, PA 18411; Wyoming Seminary, Office of Development, 201 Sprague Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704; or Meals on Wheels of NEPA, 541 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18404.

First Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday, October 11, 2013
Jennings-Calvey Funeral And Cremation Services, Inc.
111 Colburn Ave.
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States

Second Visitation

9:00 am - 9:45 am Saturday, October 12, 2013
Church of St. Gregory
330 North Abington Road
Clarks Green, Pennsylvania, United States

Service Information

10:00 am Saturday, October 12, 2013
Church of St. Gregory
330 North Abington Road
Clarks Green, Pennsylvania, United States

Interment Information

Cathedral Cemetery
1708 Oram Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

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My deepest sympathy is extended to Bob, his family, and the Flanagan family. I have had the pleasure of working with Sheila as a musician since she was in high school, right on until her marriage. She played flute and augmented so many of the main Holy Day liturgies at St. Maria Goretti Church where I was organist. Sheila was always humble in her performances, but they were always examples of the highest quality musicianship. It was my husband's and my privilege to play at Sheila and Bob's wedding Mass, where a recording of the "Ave Maria" which Sheila and I had previously recorded was played at the Presentation of Flowers. It was our privilege to know her as both a musician and a friend. The world is a poorer place for her passing. Karen & Ed Zebrowski

Karen Zebrowski Oct 12 2013 12:00 AM

God bless a lovely girl, woman, mother

Alison T Kelley Oct 10 2013 12:00 AM

To the Sheils and Flanagan Families, We are so sorry to hear of Sheila's passing. Having read her obiturary, she was an exceptional woman. You are all in our prayers.

Ellen Sheils Duggins Oct 9 2013 12:00 AM

Ellen Sheils Duggins made a donation to MEALS ON WHEELS OF NORTHEASTERN PA INC We are very sorry to hear about your loss. From our family to yours, our most heartfelt sympathies.

Ellen Sheils Duggins Oct 7 2013 12:00 AM