Sheila Casselman (nee MacMillan), a lifetime resident of Chesterville, passed away suddenly at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wed., Nov. 12, 2014.
Sheila was born in Chesterville in her family home on May 10, 1929 to her parents, Dan and Mary MacMillan (nee St. Louis). She was the youngest of 12 children. She attended St. Mary’s School and Chesterville High School, and then furthered her education in Ottawa at Willis Business School.
On her return to Chesterville, she began her first job at the Bank of Nova Scotia, followed by years of being a stay-at-home mom, and partner to her husband, Richard, in the running of their Red and White grocery store. She later returned to the Bank of Nova Scotia and retired from there. She spent the rest of her years nurturing her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in so many special ways.
Sheila loved her church and community. She was active throughout the years in the Catholic Women’s League, St. Mary’s PTA, the Legion Ladies, and the Chesterville Players theatre group.
Sheila is survived by her husband and best friend of 65 years, Richard “Dick” Casselman, and her children, Janie Acres (Dave) of Chesterville, Hubert (Sandra) of Brampton, Cathy Holmes (Barry) of Winchester, and Greg (Victoria) of St. Thomas. She was the dear sister of Pearl Trudeau and Marie Lajeunesse, both of Ottawa, and the dear sister-in-law of Bill MacNaughton of Ingleside, Thelma MacMillan of Ottawa, Bruce Casselman (Doreen) of Whitby, Carol Casselman of Caledon, and Flo Casselman of Toronto. She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Angie, Troy, Katie, Scott, Derek, Morgan, Ryan, Craig, Kristen, Brent, Shane, Nathan and great-grandchildren Finley, Morley,Brooke, Hunter, Elyse and Makayla. She was predeceased by her son, Christopher, her daughter-in-law, Kelly Casselman (nee Sheehan), her sisters, Margaret MacMillan, Anne Campbell, Laura Lynch, and Kathleen MacNaughton, and her brothers, Alex, Myles, Jack, Hubert, and Ron MacMillan. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Mary of the Presentation Roman Catholic Church in Chesterville on Sat., Nov. 15 at 11 am with Father Cosmas officiating. Sheila was honoured by her children and grandchildren with heartfelt words, memories, and readings at the church. The pallbearers were her granddaughters, Angie Acres and Morgan Casselman, and grandsons Shane and Nathan Casselman.
Donations to Maple Ridge Cemetery, St. Mary’s Church Renovation fund, or the charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com