Sheila Dirksmeier

Obituary for Sheila Dirksmeier

May 6, 1939 - December 21, 2015
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts | Age 76

Silent Night. Holy Night. All is calm. All is bright.


Sheila M. (McNiff) Dirksmeier, of Shrewsbury, died Monday, December 21, 2015 died peacefully in the Notre Dame Long Term Care Facility. She was 76.

She was born in Boston on May 6, 1939 a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Ryan) McNiff. Raised in West Roxbury she graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Roxbury and Boston State Teacher's College where she met her husband, Francis J. Dirksmeier. They married in St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury on October 24, 1960 and moved to Shrewsbury in 1976.

Mrs. Dirksmeier taught in the Quincy Public School System and later as a substitute teacher in the Shrewsbury Public Schools. She also taught nursery school in Irene Keegan's Nursery School for many years. After raising and education her own family she worked part-time at the Hallmark Store in Westborough for over 20 years.

Sheila's life was centered and rooted in her faith and family. She was a daily communicant of Saint Mary's Church where she taught in its CCD program and maintained a special devotion to the Eucharistic adoration. Sheila was also a talented poetry writer. She happiest when cooking for and amongst her large family.

Her husband of 51 years, Frank died on April 1, 2012 and she is predeceased by her only brother, John K. McNiff.

Sheila leaves her children, Francis X. Dirksmeier and his wife, Cecelia, of Dublin, Ohio, Peter J. Dirksmeier and his wife, Caren, of Madbury, New Hampshire, Lynne M. O'Brien and her husband, Robert, of Easthampton, Connecticut, Tracey A. Hester and her husband, Jay and Jeanne M. Quitadamo and her husband, Jamie, all of Shrewsbury; 23 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Sheila's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors - The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Wednesday, December 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Honor Sheila's memory with a contribution to St. Mary's Church, Capital Campaign, 18 Summer Street, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545.

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Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors - The Sumner House
5 Church Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

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  • St. Mary's Church - Capital Campaign
    18 Summer Street
    Shrewsbury, MA 01545

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