Rhea Shanahan, DallasRhea Jean Shanahan, 77, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at her home on the family farm near Paxton.
Rhea Jean Shanahan, 77, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at her home on the family farm near Paxton.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Gregory. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, near Paxton. There will be a 7 p.m. rosary today at the church. Visitation will be one hour prior to both services at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home, Burke.
She was born on Feb. 10, 1934, at Bradford, Pa., to Willard and Estelle (Barnes) Burgess.
She grew up in the Bradford area and graduated from high school in 1952.
She enlisted in the U.S. Air Force following graduation. She specialized in communications and was stationed in California.
On Oct. 2, 1954, she married Francis Shanahan at the Hamilton Air Force Base Chapel.
Following their honorable discharges, they moved to Paxton and in 1955 purchased their farm.
She joined the Dallas American Legion in 1976, as the first woman member and a charter member. She was also a charter member of the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.
She is survived by her children: Jerry and wife Regenia, Burke; Linda Heyd and husband Jerome; and Christie Stoops and husband Kerry, all of Sioux Falls; and Paul, Paxton; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law: Jane Burgess; Mary Swanda; and Marcella Shanahan.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sisters: Betty Stearns; and Donna Ross; a brother, Bill Burgess; and five brothers-in-law: John Swanda; Pete Ross; Leo Shanahan; John Wranek; and Arnold Shanahan.
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