HANCOCK – Charline "Bunny" (Sipe) Sheridan died Friday, April 8, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends at home. Bunny was born Oct. 13, 1945, in Pittsburgh, the middle of three daughters born into a steel mill worker family.
She attended Penn State University and Texas Christian University, where she developed her passion for the fiber arts. She often taught courses in weaving and quilting in the various communities, where she lived in Texas, Colorado and Alabama. Later she would work tirelessly as a patient advocate in the University of Alabama health care system. She and her husband, John, were married for 45 years. In 2004 they retired to Hancock and built their retirement home on Kilkenny Cove. Bunny was an avid quilter and once served as president of Hancock County Quilters Guild. She was also active in local community organizations, serving as past president and trustee of Hancock Women’s Club and volunteer for Hancock County Democrats and Emmaus Homeless Shelter. Above all, she was a devoted and loving wife and mother who gave all of her time and energy to raising a family of four daughters.
She is survived by Kathryn, a social work professor in Champaign, Ill.; Amy, a tax attorney in Boston; and Laura, a business consultant in Pittsburgh. All three surviving daughters are happily married. She was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Susan, an aspiring actress in Denver, who died of breast cancer in 1999. She is also survived by her loving husband, Dr. John Sheridan; a grandchild, Katie East of Denver; and two sisters, Barbara Walton of Carmichaels, Pa., and Elaine Jordan of Mission Viejo, Calif.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday, April 11, at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 134 State St., Ellsworth. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Hancock. In lieu of flowers, the family sincerely requests that donations be made in Bunny’s memory to Emmaus Homeless Shelter, 51 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at