Sheila Tennyson McLaughlin (nee O’Donaghue)

April 29, 1927 — July 27, 2015

Sheila Tennyson McLaughlin nee O'DonaghueSheila Tennyson McLaughlin (nee O'Donaghue) of Waukesha passed away peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2015, at the age of 88 years.

Sheila was born on April 29, 1927, and raised in Northern Ireland, where she trained as a registered nurse through Queen’s University. Sheila and Stuart came to the U.S. in 1953 with their first two children, Rebecca and Patricia. They first settled in Hammond, Ind., where Moya and Tony were born. Following a move to Minneapolis, they welcomed Kathleen and Steven Timothy. A final move to Brookfield produced Jeannie and Sean. Mom often joked she was never moving again! But they did. After Stuart’s retirement they moved to Matlacha, Fla., where they golfed, fished and enjoyed life to the fullest.

Mom was a longtime member of Merrill Hills Country Club and an incredible golfer, winning the club championship numerous times. She also won the Wisconsin State mother daughter championship with her daughter Kathleen. She was an accomplished bridge player and knitter and no one enjoyed life more than Sheila. Her wit and Irish charm will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was the loving mother of Rebecca (Bruce) Heckel, Ena Patricia McLaughlin, Moya (Stephen) Smitka, Anthony McLaughlin, Kathleen (Ken) Burns, Ita Jean McLaughlin and Sean (Tori) McLaughlin; beloved grandmother of Timothy, Brigid, Shona, Mairead, Thomas, Liam, Caila, Sarah, Stewart, Patrick and Devin; and great-grandmother to seven wonderful children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stuart, and her infant son Steven Timothy. A memorial service will follow at a later date.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.