Sheila Kranz

Sheila Mary, age 82, of Utica, MI passed away unexpectedly on March 9, 2016. Loving Mother of Karen, devoted grandmother of Miranda and Jaclyn, and great granddaughter Daisy. She was born on December 30, 1933 to the late Joseph Heaney and Catherine Cavanaugh.

Sheila was born in Canada and later raised in Detroit. She was a proud graduate of Girls Catholic Central in 1952. Sheila was married to the late John Joseph (Jack) Kranz and together, they raised one daughter, Karen, until his untimely death at the age of 42.

As an administrative professional, she dedicated 30 years to General Motors Corporation where she made a number of lifetime friends. After retiring from GM, Sheila then went on to work at Bardon Cablevision in Detroit and after that Kmart Corporation where she again added to the number of friends she made for life. Upon her permanent retirement, Sheila happily spent her time doting on her beloved granddaughters Miranda and Jaclyn and later on, her only grandchild Daisy Mae. She spent countless hours listening to and sharing stories with her closest circle.

Family and friends were Sheila’s passion and delight. In the early days, she and Jack spent time bowling at East Warren Bowling Alley in Detroit. Her interests included everything Irish….music, dancing, the Gaelic League, of which her Father was a member. She enjoyed snow skiing and photography and she later became an avid fan of Boxing.

More recently, she enjoyed attending craft shows and woman’s shows and especially dog shows, which, at the time of her very unexpected death, she had intended to purchase two West Highland White Terrier puppies.

Sheila had an unwavering faith in God and was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Family will receive guests Tuesday March 29, 2016 at 930a.m. for a memorial mass at 10 a.m. All are welcome at St. Lawrence Church, 44633 Utica Road, Utica, MI. Celebration of life to follow at Enchantment Banquet 46915 Hayes Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48315. Memorial donations are appreciated to the Family or your favorite charity in Sheila’s name.

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  1. Theresa Dorsett

    Karen, sometimes our weakest moments make us stronger than we ever thought we could be. Our hearts have to be sad to appreciate all the happy memories we carry in our hearts.
    I am here for you and your family. I love you and will always be there for you..

  2. Susan Pastoria

    I am so very sorry for the sudden loss of your mother. Its so hard. I pray that knowing how much she loved you all will fill your hearts with peace. I love you all. God bless and comfort you through this difficult time.

  3. Wild Flowers
    Where wild flowers grow in fields a-far,
    Where the wind finds solace in a tree,
    Where the moon chases after our mother star,
    Look there if you’re looking for me.
    Where the once proud elm
    Touched a bleeding sky,
    Where the Eagle soars forever free,
    Where the grass grows deep
    And the willows sigh,
    Look there if you’re looking for me
    Don’t wile away your moments
    On that which can never be
    But look out beyond forever and,
    Look there if you’re looking for me.
    Dear Karen I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom my first cousin. I remember her and your father ( who use to take me fishing when I was a kid) with fond family memories. The last time I saw your mom I was working at St John’s hospital and she was there visiting someone. Your mom was always very kind to me and I thought highly of her my entire life. The poem I wrote is from a book of poems called The Well House Poems that I recently had published, I hope it helps. I remember you from when I worked at St John’s I beleive your were working in the Inhalation department, an attractive young girl with your whole life ahead of you. I must say before closing that I loved your whole family growing up your gramps, my uncle Joe was my all time favorite person in the world. I hope that all is well with you and your family and I know that your mom will always be with you in your heart. Love to you and yours Cousin Jerry

  4. Karen I would like to attend the mass for your mom but I just got out of the hospital today after knee surgery and don’t know If I can make it but my prayers will be with you, I am useing the blak thorn kane your grandpa brought me back from Ireland years ago. God Bless Jerry Heaney

    • Thank you Jerry! You take care of yourself and I completely understand that you most likely cannot attend. Grandpa Joe was a good man and my Mom was all those things and more! I’m so happy to know that she touched your life in such a positive way! I love the poem you wrote! Mom would love it a Thank you so much

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