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Vol. 5, No. 3 June/July 1999 © Media Synergy, Inc.
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Beach lover Alma Sheehan, 77, Dies
Expert seamstress, knitter and baker
Mother of 6; married 55 years to "Dad"

Alma Sheehan, 1994 photo

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Alma M. Sheehan, matriarch of the Sheehan family, died Friday, June 11, after a short illness. She would have turned 78 on June 24.

"Ma," as she was known to Sheehan World publisher Kathy Sheehan (and her other children), had been recuperating from surgery in April that was supposed to have improved her blood circulation.

Mrs. Sheehan had retired several years ago as a secretary and bookkeeper at the now defunct Frank Davis Co. in Cambridge. She had previously worked for the Cambridge School Department as a teacher's aide and as a secretary for the Austin-Hastings Steel Co.

She loved walking on the beach in Yarmouth, near her summer home on Cape Cod, as well as gardening and baking. An expert seamstress who made Easter outfits and other clothing for her daughters in the 1960s and a dozen fleece bathrobes for family members at Christmas in 1992, she had in recent years turned her talents to needle-point and knitting projects for her large family.

She also loved to bake. Her apple pies and toll house cookies were in such high demand that she often had to hide them in her closet before holiday dinners so they would not be eaten before the dinners.

She hunted bargains at yard sales and doted on her many grandchildren.

Mrs. Sheehan was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School and Burdett College.

She is survived by her husband, William E.; three sons, John, Billy and Robert; two daughters, Patricia Mahoney and Kathy Sheehan; two brothers, George and Paul Renault; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held June 14. She is buried in the Cambridge Cemetery.

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