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Sylvia J Shea

June 11, 1927 — February 20, 2019

Sylvia J. Shea age 91, of Broken Bow, formerly of Oconto, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at Brookestone View in Broken Bow, NE.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oconto, NE with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Oconto, NE. Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery or the Oconto Legion Auxiliary Post #250. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A rosary will follow at 7:00 PM. Govier Brothers Mortuary and the Arnold Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Sylvia was born June 11, 1927, in Callaway, NE to Clarence E. and Florence M. (Ransley) Joines. Sylvia attended the Tuckerville School for 10 years, and graduated from Oconto High School in 1944, as Valedictorian. On June 11, 1946, Sylvia was united in marriage to Earl “Buddy” Shea in Grand Island, NE. The couple made their home in Oconto, where Sylvia was the City Clerk of Oconto. She also wrote the Oconto community news for the Callaway Courier, Custer County Chief, and the Lexington Clipper. Sylvia was busy raising her eight kids. She enjoyed going to her children’s, and grandchildren’s sporting events. Sylvia was a big Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. Buddy and Sylvia moved to Callaway when Buddy’s health started to fail. Buddy passed away June 20, 2004. Sylvia later moved to Broken Bow to the Off Broadway Apartments, and then to Brookestone View.

Sylvia is survived by children Robert “Bob” and special friend Madonna McGovern of Alexandria, VA, Jerry (Jolene) of Galt, CA, Tom (Lois) of Gothenburg, Jim “Tweet” of Holdrege, Lisa (George) Hendricksen of Cozad, Amy Oxford of Broken Bow, Bill of Fremont, Sally (Paul) Schumacher of Omaha, eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and sister Lueen “June” (Eldon) Cornish of Colorado Springs, CO.

Sylvia is preceded in death by her parents, husband Buddy, brother Travis E. Joines, sister Osa E. Jensen, and daughter-in-law Darlene Shea. 



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