Pixley Funeral Home

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Sheila A. Happel

December 5, 1946July 19, 2019

Sheila Ann Happel (nee Raper), age 72, of Sterling Heights, Michigan passed away Friday July 19, 2019. Shelia was born in Athens, Tennessee on December 5, 1946. She married the love of her life and best friend, Douglas Happel on October 16, 1982. Shelia raised her family in Warren where she also worked as a controller at Induction Services for many years.

Shelia was a strong, smart, fun, patient, loving wife, mom, sister, aunt, grandma and friend who touched many lives. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and her friends. Her infectious smile and love we will always remember.

Shelia is survived by her children Karla (Marc) Woita and Tammy (Tom) Clark; grandchildren Milana and Gianna Woita, Danielle and Brianna Gerlach, Natalie and Oliva Happel; half-sister Blaina (Marty) Wiseman; and step-sister Sarah Larson; and many nieces and nephews. Shelia is predeceased by her loving husband Douglas; parents Blaine and Hazel (Wallace) Raper; and siblings Louise Haberer, Barry Raper, and Durrell Raper.

Shelia’s family will hold a private memorial at a later date.


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Jackie Sanders

July 25, 2019

Our family met Sheila in 1967 and we became friends very quickly. I've had a flood of memories with both Sheila and her sister Louise. Backyard barbeques, going out to dinner, movies, playing ping pong seeing our girls play together, visiting with their mom Hazel, the list is endless. We will cherish those memories forever and take comfort knowing Sheila is with those she loved. Until we meet again we will carry your memory well.

Rob Srbinovich

July 25, 2019

What can I say about "Mama Happel!! Such a wonderful genuine person! I always enjoyed our conversations, whether they be in person or on fb.
"Mr. and Mrs. Rambunctious" are now together again kickin up dust and smiling down on all of us!! God Bless them both and all their loved ones that miss them so very much!! All my love goes out to them all!!
Love you friends!!!

Brenda Brosnan

July 24, 2019

While I never got to meet her, she must have been one truly amazing woman and mom to raise Karla into the amazing person she is.

Prayers to Sheila, her daughter Karla and her entire family.
The Brosnans XO

Matt Bieneman

July 24, 2019

Sheila always brought class to a room. Our families met when I was 11. Racing is what we did. Sheila was never one to put herself in anyone’s business, which was not the easiest at the time. Always a great judge of character but never a pushover. I always felt when she walked into a room the people in it respected and behaved better. Her quick wit was not only reserved for Doug but the others she cared for who had it coming. My mom would say Sheila is the best. With love, Matt Bieneman

Lorinda Eignor

July 22, 2019

Aunt Sheila was a truly wonderful person. She always had a smile and even more so a sense of humor that made sure every one else was smiling. I am sad I don’t get to have those deep belly laughs we had when we finally get together but I know she is at rest and with everyone now. She had the best life with the best husband you could ask for. They had a blast and did a lot together. They had the most awesome daughters and the best son, and she loved her son n laws as if they were her own. Her grandchildren were her everything and I know she loved them with all her heart. I will miss her dearly. Until we meet again aunt Sheila I love you

Richie Raper

July 22, 2019

We love you Aunt Sheila ⚘

Liz Emery

July 21, 2019

What I remember most about Sheila was she loved Doug to pieces. They were always kissing and hugging and you could tell they were truly in Love. She was so dedicated to him and their family. Growing up, I remember during the summer being at their house in Warren and Doug would come home for from work and Sheila would always have a dry Martini with olives waiting for him. She was a great lady will truly be missed. I had some great laughs with the whole family.