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January 12, 1927 – March 8, 2023

Mary Helen Sheehan, age 96, of Winsted passed away on Wednesday morning, March 8, 2023 at Cedar Crest Estates Assisted Living in Silver Lake.

She was born on January 12, 1927 in Fairfax, Minnesota the daughter of John & Catherine (Fahey) Frassel.

Mary Helen Frassel and John E. Sheehan were joined in holy marriage on June 17, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island.   God blessed their marriage with eight children.

Helen was the longtime proprietor of Winsted Floral.

Helen was a parishioner of The Holy Trinity Catholic Church and volunteered and worked at Holy Trinity School.

She and John enjoyed their summers on Lake Mary, fishing and playing cards.

Survived by her children: Katherine of Scottsdale, Arizona, James (Emily) of Howard Lake, Minnesota, Peggy of Phoenix, Arizona, Kelly (Pam) of Deephaven, Minnesota, Mark (Diane) of Lisle, Illinois, Anne of Scottsdale, Arizona, Timothy of Winsted, Minnesota and Joel of Scottsdale, Arizona; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister: Phyllis “Tootie” Vanderhagen; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband John on April 12, 2006, her parents and siblings: Cecil, Loraine and Lester.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Helen Sheehan will be held on Thursday, March 30th, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.    Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.

Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Thursday, March 30th, 2023 beginning at 10:00 A.M. and Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M.


8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Deacon Mike Thoennes

    A wonderful and loving friend, choir member, kind, and thoughtful mother to an extraordinary family who welcomed strangers, like me, into the family. I will cherish her memory.

    She and John can now enjoy eternal peace together which Helen looked forward to after she lost the love of her life. There was hardly a time that she didn’t center her thoughts upon her husband, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and grandchildren (as well as the extended family–and flowers….)

    Helen, may you and John flower in the Garden of Heaven. Pray for us.

  2. Karen Guennigsman

    Helen you will be missed. Back when my siblings were little you took care of us when our Mom had surgery. You were a great friend to us and our Mom and Dad. Loved all our card parties, and our trips to shaken pizza after cards. Love you and miss you!

  3. Mary Lyle Hirsch

    Our Prayers are with you and your Family

  4. Carol Harrahill

    As a friend and classmate I offer my condolences to your entire families.

  5. Kristen Klein

    So sorry for your loss, Sheehan family, thinking of you during this most difficult time. I knew Helen mostly when I roomed with Ann, best cook ever, still make her chicken and rice and beef stew and dumplings! May she rest in peace! What a big loss for you all!

  6. Vicki & Gary Sterner

    We were so very sad to hear about Helen’s passing. Such a great & sweet Lady. I will always remember our long talks at her house outside around the bonfire. You will be missed by Family & Friends. So very sorry for your loss Sheehan Family

  7. Jennifer Bickman

    Sending prayers to your family. Now you can dance like you did in your courting days. She’d tell me how sweaty danci g was back in the day, at Sherman’s station, the Bluenote.

  8. Tim and Jennifer Kohler

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today as you lay your mother to rest. Deepest condolences to you all. May she rest in peace. I will always remember Helen as a very sweet and kind lady, and a tremendous cook. I was fortunate enough to have enjoyed many of her delicious meals with the Sheehan family in my early childhood and teenage years.


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