Margaret Mohler Sheehan ’38

Mohler SheehanMargaret Alice Sheehan, 96, died peacefully, Oct. 1, 2014, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Born in Kowloon, China, on May 1, 1918, she was the daughter of Frank and Ethel Yaksol Mohler. Margaret attended Springfield College and studied teaching.

On December 18, 1942, she married Burt Charles Sheehan in Springfield, Mass. Together they had three children, Gary, Candy and Shari. Margaret was known by many names, Migs, Moppy, Mop-Mop and Mopster, and had many roles: wife, mother, friend, teacher, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Burt, in 1981; as well as her brother, John.

Until the birth of her first child, Gary, Migs taught at a private school in New York. She continued to pursue her love of teaching through skiing instruction at Pleasant Mountain, was a Girl Scout leader and opened her home to many American Field Service students.

Migs and Burt moved from Westford, Mass., to Maine in 1968 and settled in Winslow. Eventually they moved to a beautiful home on China Lake. They loved the peacefulness of the lake, watching the loons, boating, ice-fishing and taking walks in the woods with their dogs. Following the death of her husband, Migs remained at the lake house for a few more years, later moving to Rockport to be closer to her daughter, Candy. She lived in Megunticook Apartments for 20 years. The last several years of her life she lived at Woodlands in Rockland.

She will be fondly remembered for her love of life, her strength and her genuinely happy nature, which she maintained throughout her 96 years. Migs always filled the room with her special songs and infectious giggles. If you would like to pay tribute to Margaret, her family invites you to sing a song, or bake cookies for someone you love.

Margaret is survived by her three children and their spouses, Gary and Cheryl Sheehan of Wells, Candy and Norman Hutchison of Rockport, and Shari and John Collins of Madison, Conn.; as well as seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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