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“I worked with Maria at Honeywell Hobbs we have passed each other in the halls during shift change this was a shock to hear, my thoughts and prayers...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie - Petersburg, IL

“George and Tommy, I'm so sorry for your loss. Ree was such a wonderful loving person and will be greatly missed. I can remember her laughter when my...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Shawn & Allison Krzanowicz & Family - NY

“My heartfelt condolences go out to Maria's immediate family and friends,this was such a shock to learn.I worked with Maria also and she will be sadly...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: George Davis - Springfield, IL

“My prayers & condolences go out to her family, I worked with Ree many yrs at Hobbs, she will be greatly missed by all her friends & fellow workers. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Candace Bogden - Springfield, IL

“I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.I worked with maria and she was a great person. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Scott Richmond - Pleasant Plains, IL

“"Ree-Ree" was my very best friend. My "sister" in my heart. She was such a wonderful person. I love her and will miss her dearly. My heart goes out...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Andrew & Dororthy Coggins - NY

“To George and Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. No words can make things better, but God is going to help get you through this awful time. My prayers...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Becky Irvin Wieties - springfield, IL

“My greatest sympathy and prayers to Uncle George and the rest of the family. Aunt Ree will be greatly missed. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Melinda (Studyvin) Hovis - IL

“George and Tommy, my heart goes out to you in the loss of your wonderful wife and mother. I will keep "Ree" and your family in my prayers. Remember,...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Nancy Claybourn - Springfield, IL

“Words could never express the way im feeling about the lost of my second mother Maria.She has been with me for years at Honeywell she was my mother...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: SHAWNA NAUDAIN - springfield, IL

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Sorry for your loss, she will be missed. I worked with Maria for 12 yrs. at honeywell. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Dee Aldridge - springfield, IL

“My sympathy and prayers go out to the family. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Cheryl Ludtke - Riverton, IL


Maria (Ree) Elena Sheppard, 63, of Berlin, died at 2:46 p.m. on December 28, 2009 at St. John's Hospital. Maria was born January 2, 1946 in Springfield, the daughter of Robert and Betty Burge Britton. She married George Sheppard on January 18, 1965 in New Berlin. Maria was an assembler at Honeywell-Hobbs Corporation in Springfield. She was a member of the UAW. She was a hard working lady who loved helping others, was a "second mother" to her younger siblings, and was a great mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; and a sister, Donna Davis. She is survived by her husband, George Sheppard of Berlin; son, Tommy Sheppard of Berlin; two grandchildren, Briana Sheppard of New Berlin and Tommy Sheppard, Jr. of Marine; five brothers, Jimmy Irvin of Springfield, Randy Irvin of Kingston, CO, Richard and Benjamin Irvin of Aurora, CO and Timmy Irvin of Berlin; six sisters, Janice Grant of Springfield, Judy (David) Brickey of Rochester, Rebecca (Larry) Wieties of Springfield, Christine Harvey of Decatur, Patricia Irvin of Chatham and Kelli Irvin of Edinburg; and several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, 714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin. Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul Olson officiating. Burial will follow at Wood Wreath Cemetery in Island Grove Township.

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