Eileen Ann (Chase) Sheehan

  • Born: April 26, 1925
  • Died: May 18, 2022
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family


Eileen Ann (Chase) Sheehan, 97 of Battle Creek died peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Lakeview Assisted living, with her family at her side.

Eileen was born April 26, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan to Ward Neil and Anna Marie (Zimmerman) Chase. She moved to Battle Creek as a child and began attending St. Philip Elementary in third grade. Eileen was a 1943 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central. After high school, she lived in Detroit with her Aunt Betty (Lloyd) and worked in downtown Detroit: first at Hudson's and then for Consolidated Gas Company, now DTE. When Eileen returned to Battle Creek, she was employed at Ermisch Travel for Max Ermisch and enjoyed the travel business and was able to travel to many beautiful places. Eileen Ann Chase was united in marriage to David Sheehan on March 2, 1957, at St. Philip Catholic Church. Eileen and Dave were able to take a two-week honeymoon to Acapulco, Mexico. In later years Eileen was an election official.

Surviving are Dave and Eileen's seven children, Sandra (Patrick) Egan of Rochester, MN, Patricia (Dennis) O'Neill of Rockford, MI, Lucy (Jeffrey) Sailor of Commerce Township, David (Tracy) Sheehan of Jackson, MI, Mary (Randy) Sanford of Battle Creek, Matthew Sheehan of Wyoming, MI, Elizabeth Berner of Bay City, MI; eight grandchildren, Sean Egan, Ann and Claire O'Neill, Sydney and Caryn Sailor, Emily (Darrin) Merwin, Clark (Devin Nelson) Sanford, Maggie Berner; two great-grandchildren, Cecelia and Madeline Merwin; several nieces and nephews and their families. Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Dave on April 12, 2008, her parents, a sister Marjorie Brandli and a brother, Robert Chase.

Eileen was a devoted member of St. Philip Roman Catholic Church. She believed strongly in her faith and was active in CCW, St. Martha's Circle, Perpetual Adoration, Birth Right and the St. Philip Thrift Shop. She and Dave volunteered for the Franklin Food Pantry. She loved Beadle Lake, her Council Crest Book Club and neighbors, entertaining and just being with people. She loved picnics, family gatherings, holiday parties and everything family. Eileen will be remembered for her positive attitude and she and Dave's favorite saying, "we are lovers, not fighters."

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25th at Farley Estes Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022. Committal and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Sheehan family would like to thank Lakeview Assisted Living and CentriCare Navigators Hospice for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, CentriCare Navigator Hospice or St. Philip Church. Personal Messages may be placed in the Memory Book above at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.