Mary Scheer

September 20, 1943March 9, 2017
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SCHEER, Mary Gerarda Therese, nee Enright The charity of your prayers is requested for the repose of the soul of the late Mary Gerarda Therese Scheer, eldest daughter and first-born child of the late William Clifford Enright and the late Eileen Enright, nee Roche. Mary died on 9 March 2017 at the General campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Wife of James Scheer, deacon of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Mother of Catherine Elizabeth Ratcliffe (Grant); Andrew James Scheer (Jillian); and Anne Marie Clare Grabetz (Bernard). Grandmother of twelve grandchildren: Thomas - her firstborn grandchild - Grace, Madeline, Henry, Mary Scheer: all of Regina, SK; Hannah, Bridget, Emma Ratcliffe: all of Apollo Beach, FL; and Joseph, Virginia, Robert, Georgina Grabetz: all of Ottawa. Mary was born 20 Sept. 1943 in Toronto. She attended Loretto College School in Toronto, and, upon graduating, in 1961, she studied at St. Joseph School of Nursing, being capped as a registered nurse in 1964. She had a happy and much devoted career as an RN, specializing in paediatric nursing. In addition to her nursing service, she taught nursing students at various times for Algonquin College, University of Ottawa, St. Lawrence College, and the CEGEP in Gatineau. Her membership in Nurses for Life combined nursing at C.H.E.O. and her enthusiastic love for children. In politics she was an active member of her local federal and provincial riding associations, serving both on boards of directors and as elected delegate to policy conferences, at which she advanced policies favourable to human life. She loved her religious heritage and worked to promote and defend it in word and deed. Until her health failed, she was an active parishioner at Saint Patrick’s Basilica, where she volunteered on the first Refugee Committee. A vigil for the repose of her soul and a visitation of family and friends will be held on Sunday, 12 March, at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. The rosary will be recited about 2:30 p.m., at 7:30 p.m., and at 8:45 p.m. The Vigil for the Deceased will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. An exequial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, 13 March, in Saint Patrick’s Basilica, 220 Kent St., Ottawa, by Father Lindsay Harrison. Interment to follow at Hope Cemetery, Ottawa. Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • Visitation Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Monday, March 13, 2017
  • Interment Monday, March 13, 2017

Mary Scheer

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Karen McCoy (nee Willis)

March 29, 2017

Mary was my preceptor and mentor when I began my nursing career at CHEO. She was a compassionate nurse and a sharer of her knowledge. I owe my roots in nursing to her and she has left a footprint on paediatric nursing. I have fond memories of the stories she would share of her three children and husbandheart of her life. The Heavens gained another angel.

Patricia Giffen Sawarna

March 19, 2017

Dear Jim, Catherine, Andrew, Anne Marie & fmilies

I am deeply saddened to hear of Mary's death. Mary & the Enright family were my family away from home. Mary & I roomed together for our 3 years at St Joseph's School of Nursing. We shared great times & many laughs together. I will always have those memories. My condolences to the Scheer & Enright families. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

Hélène Gunner

March 17, 2017

My sincere condolences to all of you.

March 15, 2017

Our sincere condolences. Mary was a lovely lady and we remember her fondly. R.I.P. Myriam and Chris Doylend

Catherine Musgrove

March 15, 2017

Mary was one of the kindest souls I have ever met. I will never forget how she and Jim welcomed me into their home, took me on family trips, gave me delicious family meals. They were my family away from family. Mary, I will never forget our talks and your hugs. I will forever miss you. May you walk with angels and thoughts of you comfort your family and loved ones until you meet again.

March 15, 2017

To Jim and family,Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. Mary was a true inspiration to all who knew her. Her faith and support from all of you gave her the strength needed to face her many health challenges. She was a wonderful Nurse and I have many fond memories of our "training days" as nursing students at St. Joseph's in Toronto. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nancy and Ray Litwak

March 14, 2017

Mr. Scheer and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We will certainly miss Mary's visits at our office. Our sincere condolences.

Dr. Mihaela Tarta, Linda, Sophie and Irma

Jean Pothier

March 13, 2017

My condolences to the family. May she rest in peace.

Andrea and Brian Heeringa

March 13, 2017

Deacon Scheer,

We were so very sad to hear of the passing of Mary. We will be sure to remember her and your entire family in our Lenten prayers.

Peace of Christ

Ann Pederson

March 13, 2017

Have wonderful memories of Mary from our shifts at CHEO. Mary was a very special pediatric nurse.
Condolences to her family.