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Sheila Ellen Bosar

February 16, 2018

Sheila Ellen Bosar, age 67, of Hobart/Oneida, passed away with her husband of 45 ½ years at her side on Friday, February 16, 2018.  She passed away peacefully from complications of esophageal cancer at Unity Hospice in Ledgeview, WI.  She was the first child born to Lyle and Elizabeth (Betty) O’Connor of Pittsfield, WI.

She met her husband at the Prom in De Pere on August 8, 1969.  On August 19, 1972 they were married at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Pulaski, WI.

Sheila was one of the gentlest, kindest, loving, and caring people you would ever get to meet.  She always had a smile and a twinkle in her eyes that you couldn’t forget.

Sheila was an excellent example of a selfless parent who never hesitated to sacrifice her time and energy if she thought it would benefit her sons and husband.  She cared so deeply for her sons and as they grew older and became immersed in their own lives she loved when they came home or when she would visit.  Her eyes would light up.  She was so saddened when they had or she had to leave.  She was known for her great hugs.

She was a great planner of family trips down to every last detail.  Family time together was, to the end, the most important thing in her life.  She always wanted to make sure the family was happy.  She loved planning get togethers for family, friends, and coworkers.  She maintained a lifetime relationship with a special group of friends from DK Normal. She was selfless.

Sheila was also a strong believer in Jesus’ examples of forgiveness and tolerance.  She never held a grudge and she was always quick to forgive her two boys when they were growing up, no matter what conniving they did.  She worked hard to teach all of us the values she believed in and we all were so lucky to have her as a shining example.  Her love was truly unconditional and is sorely missed.

Shelia graduated high school in 1969 from St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay, WI; received her teaching certificate from Door Kewaunee Normal School in 1971, taught primary grades at Assumption BVM Catholic Grade School in Pulaski, WI before marrying her husband.  His schooling and employment took her to West Lafayette, Indiana;  Metarie, LA; Wisconsin Rapids, WI where she received her BS degree in Education from UW-Stevens Point in 1976; Everett, WA where she taught primary grades at Immaculate Conception Catholic School for 3 ½ years and took graduate courses at Seattle University in Seattle, WA; Westchester, PA; Waterville, ME; Muskegon, MI; East Doncaster, Victoria, Australia and San Jose, Costa Rica before the family moved back to Oneida/Hobart, WI where she worked 14 years for the Brown County De Pere/Kress Library as a Library Assistant. 

Sheila is survived by her husband, Gary; their two sons, Justin W. Bosar, 38, of San Francisco, CA, his fiancé Mei Kuen Liu and Trevor G. Bosar, 33, of Little Chute, WI, and his wife Melanie; her mother, Elizabeth (Betty) O’Connor, 93, of Marla Vista Assisted Living, Green Bay, WI; four sisters – Kelley O’Connor, of Green Bay, WI, Erin (O’Connor) Tisch, husband Ron, of Pittsfield, WI, Megan O’Connor Heiman, husband Tom, of De Pere, WI, Maureen O’Connor, husband Scott Liebl, of Oconto Falls, WI; two brothers – Shawn O’Connor, of Green Bay, WI and Brian O’Connor, wife Melissa, Moorehead, of MN; in laws – Brian Bosar, wife Denise, Curt Bosar, wife Patti, and Gail Rudnick;  her Aunt Rose Siudzinski, husband Richard, of Sunnyvale, CA, and Aunt Dorothy Conard, of Ripon, WI, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lyle O’Connor. 

Family and friends may call on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Ave., from 4:00 p.m. until the time of Wake Service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2597 Glendale Ave., from 11:00 a.m. until the time of funeral service.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. with the Rev. Scott Valentyn officiating.  Entombment will be in Allouez Catholic Mausoleum.  In lieu of flowers, Sheila’s family is establishing a memorial fund and all donation will be forwarded to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for ongoing cancer research. 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff on the 4th floor at Bellin Hospital and to all the loving and compassionate staff at Unity Hospice in Ledgeview.

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