James E. Sheeley

James E. Sheeley, 77, of 215 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, passed away after a lengthy illness on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home with his children and his dog by his side.

He was born April 30, 1935 in Dagus Mines, son of the late Edward J. and Beatrice Cuneo Sheeley.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey Schools.  He was first employed by PJ Fleming and then went on to become a retired employee of Keystone Carbon Company, retiring in 1997 after 43 years of service.

On January 9, 1960 in Ridgway, he married Shirley E. Lyle who preceded him in death on March 29, 2012.

He is survived by four daughters, Patricia Walker and her husband David of Kersey, Jamie Sidelinger and her husband Timothy of Kersey, Lisa Feidler and her husband Anthony of Kersey, and Amy Gorton and her husband Robert of Dagus Mines; a son, Timothy J. Sheeley, at home; three grandchildren, Stephanie Sidelinger and her fiancée Nathan Weinzierl, Evan Gorton, and Alex Gorton; and three sisters, Lucille Klotz of Ridgway, Helen J. Mattivi of Dagus Mines, and Kathleen Luchini of Kersey.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Stover.

He was a fighter when he learned of his cancer.  He kept going as long as he could and had a strong will to survive.  He enjoyed meeting other people when he would be receiving his chemotherapy treatments at the Hahne Cancer Center in DuBois.

He was a loving father and husband, and was always there for his five children and three grandchildren whenever they needed him.  He missed his wife Shirley dearly and never got over the fact she had gone before him.  Although he and Shirley never went on a long vacation themselves, they were always happy just to spend time at home doing odds and ends of things together for 51 years.  He enjoyed being with his grandchildren.  He loved to be outside mowing the grass and he took great care of his lawn.  He enjoyed sitting in his front lawn watching people who went by and gave them a wave.  He loved meeting people and talking to about anyone about anything.  He loved taking care of his vehicles when he was able.  He loved a clean, shiny car.  He could also be seen riding around town on his moped or scooter on a beautiful sunny day.

He loved listening to country music or the polka party on Sunday mornings.  He would often be seen riding around town with his music playing.  He liked going to the Toby ball field to watch his grandsons Evan and Alex play baseball.  If he wasn’t there he could be seen at his granddaughter Stephanie’s soccer games.

He loved his dog, “Abby”, and loved to play with her.  She will sadly miss him.  He loved taking her for rides in the vehicle, either for getting the newspaper, taking rides out the mountain, or just for a ride around town.  She stayed right beside him whenever she knew he was not feeling well.

Mr. Sheeley was a lifelong member of the St. Boniface Church, the Kersey Eagles, the Kersey Firemen, and the Fox Twp. Legion.  He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, receiving his third degree.

Due to the renovations of the St. Boniface Church, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. James Faluszczak officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA  15846, the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA  15801.


With tears of sorrow we cry each day.  In angels arms you were carried away.  Our memories of love and laughter shall not fade , for inside our hearts you will always stay.


Ron And Maty Frost April 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Jim was a great next door neighbor. We talked almost every day during good weather. Two years ago, Jim and I took a day trip up near Rochester, NY to get some tractor parts. It was a good day. We will miss him as we miss his wife.

John Simbeck April 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Lisa, Tony and Families,
Sorry for the passing of your father. Had lots of good memories with him from Keystone and he would always wave when in the car. He and your mom are together once again caring for each other in heaven. our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rallph & Dolly Garvelli April 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

We extend our sympathy and prayers to the Sheeley family, especially Kathleen and Helen. I remember Jim very well and I knew him as a kind and gentle person. May his soul and the soul of all your faithful departed rest in peace.

Aunt Marilyn April 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time.
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tracey Fritz April 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Amy & Family,
You have my sympathy. I’m so sorry about you losing your Dad. I know losing a parent is very difficult then losing both of them in such a short time is even harder. Everybody told me try not to dwell on their death, but be happy with the memories & time you had with them while they where here. They are with you more now then ever before. Not in person, but in spirit. They are your 2 special angels now who will still guide you through your life. Please call me if you need anything.

SHARON QUAGLIANI MORGAN April 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Patty and family,
My heart hugs and holds yours as you go through this sad time. Our fathers are now hanging out together in a much better place. They are probably talking about that green truck of my dads! My prayers will continue to be with you and your family during your loss. Take care and God Bless, Sharon

The Michael Ruyak Family April 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Patty, Jamie, Timmy, Lisa, Amy and families:

Sorry to hear of your loss of your Father, Father-in-Law, and Grandfather. He was quite a fighter while keeping a good spirit. I will always remember him for his willingness to talk to anyone regardless of your age. He always brought a smile to me whenever we talked. Both your parents will be missed but you have many fond memories to hold onto forever. I cannot make the funeral as I am traveling but you all will be in our thoughts and prayers this week.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Cousin Mike and Family

Patricia Ruyak-Gullo April 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm

We are very sad for your loss. I will always remember him so happy to see my father and mother upon our visits to Elbon with many grandchildren in the house. Always a smile on his face with so many children running around. Take care and we send our best to all of you through such a hard time.
Cousin Patricia and Family – Aunt Janet and Uncle John

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