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Sheila P. Rice

August 24, 2018

Sheila P. Rice née Corcoran, 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Glenview on Friday, August 24, 2018. Beloved wife of Noel, cherished mother of Cathleen Halliburton (John) and Kevin (Patti), loving grandmother of Patricia, Ian (Halliburton), Eileen and Claire (Rice), and devoted daughter of the late Julia M. Corcoran and Edward P. Corcoran.  Sheila was passionate about food. After graduating from Mundelein College (’54) with a BA in Home Economics, she started her career in downtown Chicago, running some of the largest building cafeterias for Bollings. She would serve only the best food, greeted her customers by name, and would talk with them about what was happening in their lives. When times changed downtown, and big cafeterias were being closed down, she took the helm of a Popeye’s restaurant in Morton Grove.  At home, she was devoted to – and quietly proud – of her family. Through their involvement in Irish music, Sheila played host to many touring Irish musicians. She would feed them, chat with them, put them up for a stretch. Her tolerance was truly unmatched.  Known for her sense of humor, if someone called for Noel but he was out, she would often declare “Well you’ve just missed the boyfriend again...I’ll tell him you called!”  Sheila greatly admired the work of Sister Ann Ida Gannon, RIP. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift, in memory of Sheila Rice, to the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.  

We would love you to join us for a Memorial Service for Sheila on Sunday, September 9th, 1 to 5pm, in the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Chicago. 

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