Sheila (Shea) Powers


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          MIDDLEBURY- Sheila (Shea) Powers of Middlebury died Thursday, February 20, 2020 at The Villa at Watermark in Southbury after a long illness. She was the wife of Leon F. Powers, Jr.

          Sheila was born June 9, 1937 in Waterbury, daughter of the late Dr. Vincent T. and Helen (Scully) Shea. She attended Laurelton Hall School in Milford, CT and graduated from Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton, MA and Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY in 1959.

          Sheila was a member of the Middlebury Garden Club and held the position as Judge for Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. Her volunteer work with The Middlebury Greenway Committee started in 2006. Along with her passion for gardening and flower arranging, she enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, playing bridge and had a special love for all animals. She was a communicant of St. John of the Cross Church in Middlebury.

          Besides her husband Lee of 60 years, Sheila is survived by her son, Timothy S. Powers and his wife Susan of Middlebury, her daughter, Sheila M. Powers of Middlebury and her grandchildren, Mikayla, Griffin and Zachary Powers of Middlebury who loved their “Amie”.  Additionally, she leaves behind her siblings, Rosemary S. Petruzzi and her husband Len of Woodbury, Dr. V. Timothy Shea and his wife Judy of Woodbury, David S. Shea and his wife Kathie of Wolcott, Atty. Paul J. Shea and his wife Heidi of Middlebury, Dr. Richard J. Shea and his wife Sally of Watertown, Helen S. Chittum and her husband Jay of Woodbury and Tara S. Gryga and her husband Phil of Wolcott. Also, her brother-in-law, Leonard F. Genovese of Southbury, sister-in-law. Dorothy Palomba of Watertown and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews near and far.

          Sheila was predeceased by her son, Leon F. Powers III and her sister, Colleen S. Genovese.

          Sheila and her entire family extend a huge and special thank you to her loving, dependable and kind caregivers.

          A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John of the Cross Church, 1263 West Street in Middlebury. Family and friends are asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will be private. The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow Street in Waterbury is in charge of the arrangements.

          In memory of Sheila, donations may be sent to The Middlebury Food Pantry, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762 and St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, PO Box 1612, Waterbury, CT 06721

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