Genevieve Shea SLW
December 2, 1919 – June 19, 2018
Genevieve Shea SLW was born December 2, 1919 in Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia, Canada to Gilbert and Blanche (nee Bates) Shea and passed away peacefully June 19, 2018. Sister Gen taught elementary and high school grades in IL, LA, MO and IA for twenty years, and was a principal for eight years. She was Librarian at Mallinckrodt College and East Vicariate High school in Detroit, MI as well as tutored college students. Sister Gen was also known as Sister Camilla SCC before joining the Sisters of the Living Word. She later ministered as a chaplain and to the elderly for ten years. In her retirement, as Community Archivist for the Sisters of the Living Word, she began to develop the website for the community, and continued in this ministry for sixteen years. In her mid-late 80’s she volunteered with the St. James Over 50 Group, and later became a permanent resident at Resurrection Life Center in Chicago where she has been a valuable asset to the Community life at her new home. She will be greatly missed by her Sisters, family, friends, and companions of RLC.
Sister Gen was preceded in death by her parents and 8 siblings, Mary (late Harvey) Cook, Jack Shea, Bill Shea, Dorothy, Kathleen (late Ray) Wiegand, Evelyn Lewis, Gilbert Shea and Louise (late All) and two cousins, Phoebe Marshall SLW and Mary Magdalen Marshall SCC. Sister Gen is survived by nieces and nephews Kristy Schuster and Atef Fransis and Mary Ellen and Gary Katz and great-nieces and nephews Jessica Katz, Jayna Katz, and Zara Schulman and many other nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Memorial visitation will be Monday, June 25, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights and Tuesday, June 26 at St. Edna Church, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights from 9:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Sisters of the Living Word (slw.org) are greatly appreciated.
- Memorial Visitation Monday, June 25, 2018
- Memorial Visitation Tuesday, June 26, 2018
- Memorial Mass Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Genevieve Shea SLW
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June 26, 2018
I just returned from my Aunt Genevieve’s funeral and wanted to share some thoughts. First and foremost, this is not a day of mourning. It’s a day of celebration. It’s a day of victory. It’s a day to celebrate her inspirational life, not to mourn her passing.
The day after I heard about Sister Genevieve going into the hospital I went to a healing Mass. I received prayer on behalf of Genevieve. When I left the Mass I was at peace with whatever happened because I knew it would be God’s will. The next day I learned that she went home to be with the Lord. Her work on earth was done.
A couple scripture passages came to mind. The first was Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” Death is just a shadow. What’s on the other side of a shadow? Light. Without light there is no shadow. To get to the light we have to walk through the shadow. Death is just a valley that we have to walk through. The Lord is there to lead us, guide us and comfort us. It didn’t take Genevieve long to get through the valley. On the other side of a valley is a mountain. Genevieve is now on the mountain of the Lord.
The second passage was 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me . . “ If these words ever applied to anyone they applied to my aunt Genevieve. She has fought the good fight, she has finished the race, she has kept the faith. She can now receive the crown that the Lord will award to her. May we all be able to say that when our time comes.
Genevieve always made you feel like you were special. She did that with everyone. She’s the closest thing to a living saint that I’ve ever met.