BANGOR – Virginia M. Sheehan, 90, wife of the late Charles A. Sheehan, went to be with the Lord Aug. 16, 2013, at her home in Bangor. She was born June 17, 1923, in Brewer, the daughter of George and Gertrude M. (Jacobs) Bond.
Virginia was a 1941 graduate of Bangor High School. She was employed as a secretary at Dow Air Force Base, then at RB Dunning Co. She stayed home to raise her children and later returned to work as a secretary for the U.S. Forest Service in Orono retiring in 1984. Virginia, or “Ginny” as she was known to many, loved music. She played the piano, sang, and a special joy to her throughout her life was singing in several church choirs. She was a member of the Savoyards, All Women’s Chorus, and the Bangor Civic Theater. Ginny had a creative and artistic flair. A sheet could become a drape, a drape become a dress, an old counter just needed stick paper to be “new,” and a can of paint and a roll of wallpaper could transform a room. She always had a great eye for style. She was fashionable and stylish even as a 90-year-old, right down to her accessories, always a bright scarf or smart belt. She was a beautiful, classy woman until the very end. She had a superb memory and enjoyed sharing her vivid recollections of life growing up in Bangor. But her greatest joy was her family being a wife, mother, grandmother, and “Great-Grammy.” She was kind, empathetic, loving, and enjoyed visiting, talking and catching up with family and friends.
Surviving are her two children, Gale Leavitt and her husband, Stephen, of Bangor, and Charles A. Sheehan of Hermon; three grandchildren, Jessica Bloodsworth and her husband, Steven, of Bangor, Luke Leavitt and his wife, Bess, of Bangor and Elizabeth Leavitt of Bangor; five great-grandchildren, Colby, Ethan, Brayden, Silas and Samuel; and her niece, Brenda Astbury of Orrington. She was predeceased by brothers, Russell and George; and sisters, Evelyn and Estelle.
A service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor, where family and friends may visit from 1-2 p.m. immediately prior to the service. The Rev. Russell Hamilton, pastor of Pilgrim Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Bangor, will preside and burial will be afterward at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Penobscot Christian School, 1423 Ohio St., Bangor, ME 04401; and to Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to her family may be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com.