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Diane M. Sheahan, 87

Born: May 19, 1936 in Woodstock 

Died: June 15, 2023 in Genoa City, Wis.

Diane M. Sheahan, 87, of Woodstock, passed away on June 15, 2023, at the Burr Oak Manor in Genoa City, Wis.

She was born May 19, 1936, in Woodstock, the daughter of Walter O. and Helen T. (Hayes) Parker. She married Daniel P. Sheahan Jr. on Oct. 8, 1955, in Woodstock. Together they shared over 58 years as best friends until his passing on Feb. 27, 2014.

Diane was a very supportive wife and mother. She never missed any of her children’s activities. Her family was her pride and joy. Diane was an avid sports fan, enjoying the Bears, Notre Dame, and horse racing. She enjoyed playing bridge, doing jigsaw puzzles, and reading. Diane retired from Copy Express in 2001. Having previously worked selling women’s clothing on the Square, she had more outfits than anyone could imagine, a true “clothes horse.” 

Diane is survived by her children, Kevin (Sandy) Sheahan of Wonder Lake, Jon (Laurel) Sheahan of Woodstock, and Colleen (Robert) Readel of Concho, Ariz.; her grandchildren, Heather (Brett) Slapke, Monica Sheahan, Rayanne (Noah) Hardt, Erin Sheahan, Adam (Leanna) Sheahan, Amanda (Steven) Dunn, and Joshua (Jackie) Readel; her great-grandchildren, Blake Slapke, Kade Slapke, Lilyana Sheahan-Espina, Greigh Hardt, Tucker Hardt, Adley Sheahan, Dawsyn Sheahan, Payton Pellien, Warren Pellien, Charlee Dunn, and Maeleen Readel; and a great-grandson due in September. 

She is also survived by her siblings, Philip (Janet) Parker, Thomas (Cyndi) Parker, Peter (Linda) Parker, Julie (Francis) Gende, and Kristine (James) Liebetrau; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou (late Donald) Lamos; lifelong friend and neighbor Edith Berner; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister, Mary Sue Parker, and twin grandsons, Calin and Nathan Sheahan.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2023, from 1:30 until the 3 p.m. Memorial Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock. Interment services will be private. 

Diane’s family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise Senior Living in Crystal Lake and at Burr Oak Manor in Genoa City and Gentiva Hospice for their care and dedication. 

Memorials in her name may be made to the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District.

For more information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or visit

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