September 1, 1925 ~ September 8, 2009
Anne Rene Shea (born Anne Moore) was born September 1, 1925 and passed away September 8, 2009 after 84 years of love and laughter. Anne was one of eight children born to Jane and William Moore in a small coal-mining town in western Pennsylvania. Anne embraced her Catholic faith from her earliest years, and her love for the Lord sustained her throughout her life.
Through her mother's influence, Anne developed a lifelong passion for books, music, and lively conversation. She valued education, and over the course of her 40-year career as an elementary school teacher taught thousands of young students to read and write. She also spent countless hours volunteering as a religious-education teacher, Bible study leader, prayer group coordinator, and member of the choirs at San Gabriel Mission parish and St. Lawrence Martyr parish in Torrance. She delighted in live music, performing in musicals as a young woman and attending concerts at the Music Center or Hollywood Bowl in her later years.
Anne married John (Jack) Shea on July 1, 1950. Residing first in Cleveland, Ohio and then in Sacramento and San Gabriel, California, Anne taught at various Catholic and public schools while Jack pursued a career in the aerospace industry. They were blessed with four daughters (the Shea girls), who look to their mother to this day as a role model for blending the demands of wife, mother, and career. Upon her retirement and after Jack's death in 1991, Anne continued to serve the community and the Church, while developing enduring relationships with her seven grandchildren and her many friends. She loved children, dogs, a good political argument, jelly beans, and sharing a glass of wine over dinner with friends and family.
Anne is survived by her sisters: Ellen (Babe) and Mary Rose; her daughters: Kathy (Jim) Lattis, Tricia (John) Blanco, Mary Therese (Don) Moreaux, and Jackie (Scott) Shea-Vance; grandchildren: Sara (Stephen) and Sean Lattis; Daniel (Catherine), Matt, and Rob Blanco; Brian and Rachel Moreaux; and great-granddaughter Francesca Blanco. Her family and many friends in California, Texas, Idaho, and the Midwest will miss her bright smile, quick wit, and encouraging nature.
A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Colonial Chapel on Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 12:00 until 3:00 P.M. with a Vigil service at 2:00 P.M.
The funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 1:00 P.M.
A reception will follow at St. Lawrence reception hall.
A graveside service will be held at Resurrection Cemetery in San Gabriel on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 10:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Catholic Charities or to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
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