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Margaret Lambert Sheils, Class of 1937

Margaret Lambert Sheils `37MARGARET ANN SHEILS
May 9, 1915 - May 17, 2012

Margaret Ann "Peg" Sheils, nee Lambert, passed away peacefully at home on May 17th at age 97.  She was the devoted wife of James H. Sheils (deceased) and is survived by her nine children: Mary "Molly Sheils of Harrison, NY; William J. "Bill" Sheils (Nancy) of W. Bloomfield, MI; Ann S. Koepper (Steven) of Southport, NC; Catherine Bestall (Brian) of Lake Wylie, SC; Elizabeth Arnold (John) of Simpsonville, SC; Ellen S. Duggins (Ray) of Singapore; Clare Sheils (Margaret) of Santa Cruz, CA; Paul T. Sheils (Theresa) of Newtown, PA; and Patricia S. O'Donnell (James) of Lowell, MA.  Beloved grandmother to Matthew, Ryan, Kristen, Christopher, Trish, Rebecca, Katie, Tim, Molly, Chip, Laurie, Erin, Jim, Natalie, Christina, Meg, and Jimmy.  Loving great grandmother to Emma, Julia, Sean, Lucy, Will, Ben, Tyme and Wesley.

The youngest of four children of Myles B. and Lillian S. Lambert, Mrs. Sheils was born in Swissvale, outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1915. Her father, Myles, moved  from Long Island, NY, in 1900 to Pittsburgh, to begin his career with the railroads and the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.  Years later, he returned his family to Long Island, finishing his career with the Long Island Railroad.  Margaret graduated from Manhattanville College, in Purchase, NY, in 1937 with a BA in Social Studies Education.  After college, she found various office jobs in New York City despite the Depression-era jobless market.  She met her husband, James Sheils, on a blind date, and they were married in New York City on December 27th, 1941. After the War, Mr. Sheils served as Deputy Commissioner of Investigation for the City of New York 1943-1950, and later served as Commissioner from 1950-1954.  Their first child, Mary "Molly" Sheils, was born in 1943, and eight more children followed.  The Sheils moved from Jackson Heights, NY, to New Rochelle, New York, where Mrs. Sheils raised her family for 20 years.   She was involved with Holy Family Church, as well as Holy Family School, Iona Prep, and the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, NY.

Margaret spent her life devoted to her husband and her children and to the care of her mother, Lily, who lived with the Sheils family in New Rochelle, until her mother's death at age 102.  She was an avid reader of the NY Times.  She was a life-long Democrat and actively supported organizations and charities benefitting at-risk children, AIDS organizations, disaster relief and education issues.   Margaret is of 'the Greatest Generation", experiencing the Roaring 20's, the Great Depression, World War II, the 60's, the landing on the moon,  the internet, the worldwide web, 9/11, and the first black President of the United States.  Such a rich life, such a long life, a life filled with children, then grandchildren, great grandchildren, who lovingly called her "GG"(great grandma).  Such abundance of love and caring.  
Margaret was an elegant woman, a mannered, cultured, and styled personality.  Her brilliant blue eyes and bright smile illuminated her life and warmed our hearts.  We will miss her greatly but we are comforted by the notion that she is once again dancing in the arms of her husband, Jim, up in heaven, all the while looking over her shoulder, ever watchful of her nine children.

Mrs. Sheils was remembered in a private memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, donations were made in her memory were sent to Hospice of Westchester/Putnam  540 White Plains Road, Suite 300, Tarrytown, NY 1059, or Manhattanville College, "The Annual Fund", Office of Institutional Advancement, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY  10577.