Sheila McMahon

Sheila McMahon (Burke)

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
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On Thursday, February 18, 2021, Sheila (Burke) McMahon, loving wife, and mother of nine children, passed away at the age of 85.
Sheila was born on Feb 11, 1936, in Chicago, IL, to Michael and Mary (nee McCarthy) Burke. She grew up in the city and attended St. Mel High School. On June 21, 1958, she married Phillip John McMahon and they raised nine children together.
Sheila will be remembered for her unending love and generosity, and her terrific sense of humor. She cherished her family and friends – always there when any of them needed help. She had a great spirit that anyone who met her would remember, and made countless friends in her years working at St. Ann’s and St. Joseph hospitals, Western Electric and the Carol Stream Police Dept. She enjoyed sharing jokes and stories, family fishing trips to Ely, MN, listening to music, dancing with her Irish friends, and was a life-long White Sox and Bears fan. Her “Burke” laugh will bring us joy long after her passing.
Sheila was preceded in death by her father, Michael, her mother, Mary, her sisters, Maureen Prah (James) and Eileen Harth (John), her husband, Phillip, and her son, Sean. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Egan (Tom), her brother, Michael (Susan), her children, Kelley Drozdowski, Phillip Jr. (Jennifer), Sheila Hillier (John), Patrick, Timothy, Terrence, Kathleen, and Michael (Elizabeth), her grandchildren, Emma, Claire, Christopher, Marshall, Grace, Madison and Michael, her best friend, Sharon, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A wake will be held to celebrate Sheila’s life on Wed, Feb 24, and Thu, Feb 25, from 3p-8p at Countryside Funeral Home on 1640 S Green Meadows Blvd, Streamwood, IL 60107. A funeral service will be held on Fri, Feb 26, 2021, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness at 10:30a. Interment St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine. Flowers or donations may be sent to Countryside Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, Streamwood
    1640 S. Greenmeadows Blvd. At Barrington Rd.
    Streamwood, IL 60107
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 3:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, February 26th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, February 26th, 2021 10:30am
    Holy Family Catholic Church
    2515 W. Palatine Rd.
    Inverness, IL 60067
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Friday, February 26th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Friday, February 26th, 2021 12:00pm
    St Michael the Archangel Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Glenda Naylor

Posted at 12:10pm
So sorry to hear of the loss of Sheila, we know she is now with Phillip and Sean and no longer suffering. I know she gave it her all. It was so great to see her at the wedding. Living across the court from them meant that the kids always had someone to play with. I'm glad that Jeff and Mike have stayed in touch all these years. My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.

Elena Haas

Posted at 10:41am
So sorry for your loss Katy! You and your family are in my prayers.
Elena Haas

Comcast BSc Family

Posted at 03:05pm
With deepest sympathy, We are thinking of you in this difficult time
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Posted at 09:33am
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. With deepest sympathy,
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John Glos

Posted at 09:38pm
So sorry to hear of the passing of Sheila. I worked with Sheila on the night shift at the police department. She was a joy to work with and the stories she shared on her family and friends were so interesting. It’s been a long time since I last saw Sheila but the memories are forever. A wonderful and great person. John Glos

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