Sheila Eileen Brueggemann (nee Dineen)
Born November 18, 1934 - Died January 10, 2023
Surrounded by her family, Sheila left us for her final resting place, joining Eric, her husband of 60 years who had passed away in July 2021.
Sheila was born in London, England in 1934 to John and Anne Dineen. Sheila will be especially missed by her children, Ian and Madeleine, her son-in-law, Oliver and future daughter-In-law, Susan. A special thank you to Hazel and Fernanda, her PSWs, who helped care for her and made her days extra special with their kind natures.
Sheila’s first work experience was at the Guildhall Library in London in the “Miniature Books” section. She loved to travel, taking trips with her friends around Europe in her early 20’s.
Sheila came to Canada in 1958 with a friend looking for a 6 month adventure. She met Eric one evening at a dance at the Toronto German Club. The rest, as they say, is history. They married on December 26, 1960.
Sheila was a stay-at-home mom, which we really benefitted from as children, taking us on trips to the library, parks, the ROM and skating rinks. Her passion for reading and learning led her to enrolling part time at York University. In the mid 1970’s Sheila decided to work in the elementary school system as a teacher librarian. For years my sister and I would hear from our friends at St Jane Frances school, “Your Mom is here" … letting us know they had seen our Mom in the library. We were always proud of those moments; the kids loved her. She eventually completed her BA followed by her B.Ed.
Sheila and Eric had a wonderful relationship, spending many of their retirement years travelling around Canada, Europe, USA and the Caribbean. Their favourite place in Canada to visit, along with the family, was Sauble Beach. They travelled around in their 1974 VW Camper, often camping in Algonquin Park and canoeing on the scenic lakes.
Sheila and Eric moved into their daughter and son-in -law's home, at the start of the pandemic, where she enjoyed her final years. She loved spending her days in their garden and on local outings. We will miss you Mom, but we have many great memories and photo albums to pour over for years to come. Rest in peace Sheila.
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