Mary Sheila O’Donnell

Mary Sheila O’Donnell, 83, of Rochester, New York, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was born in West Granville, New York, but spent most of her life in the Rochester, New York, area. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Roach) O’Donnell.

Sheila was predeceased by her sister Nancy O’Donnell Rathbun, niece Katherine O’Donnell, and two nephews Michael Rathbun and Mark Rathbun.

She is survived by her loving brother John O’Donnell of Seekonk, Massachusetts. Also surviving are her nieces Ellen Rathbun and Erin Terrien; nephews Mathew Rathbun, Richard Rathbun, Christopher O’Donnell, Timothy O’Donnell, Patrick O’Donnell, Dr. John O’Donnell Jr. and Casey O’Donnell; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

Sheila graduated from SUNY Albany with a focus on library science and spent her entire career working at the Rochester Public Library. She was an avid bridge player, gardener, photographer and cat lover and was part of the bell choir at St. Mary’s and St Paul’s. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in West Granville, New York, on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m.

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