Sheila (Smith) Callahan

September 28, 1928 ~ December 19, 2019 (age 91)

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Sheila Callahan

 (nee, Smith)



Sheila Callahan,  age 91 of Hammond, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 19, 2019.

She is survived by her two daughters: Kathleen (Norman) Szymonik and Deborah (William) Cook: one son: Patrick (Christina)Callahan. Four grandchildren: Renee (Edward) Thometz, Denise (Timothy) Szorc, David (Shelley) Szymonik and Michelle (John) O’Connor. Eight Great-grandchildren: Ryan, Jacob, Kyle, Allison, Melanie, Audrey, Bailey and Sydney; One Sister-in-law Bette Callahan; niece Sharon Illijanich; nephew, Don Reichert.

Preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, James “Jim” Callahan.

Family and friends are invited to share a time of Visitation on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 4 pm-8 pm at Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Avenue, 46323. Funeral Mass Saturday, December 28, 2019 Directly at St. Catherine of Siena Church 6605 Kentucky Ave. Hammond, IN with Father Steve Kosinski officiating. There will be a time of visitation from 9:30 am. until 10 am. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery will follow.

Sheila was born in East Chicago, IN but has been a long time resident of Hammond. She was a long time active member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, the Rosary Sodality, Knights of Columbus Wives Club and Parrish Advisory Committee. Sheila was retired from Industrial Counseling as a drug and alcohol counselor. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Road, Munster, IN or Humane Indiana 421-45th Street, Munster, IN.

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December 27, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bocken Funeral Home
7042 Kennedy Ave.
Hammond, IN 46323

Lying In-State
December 28, 2019

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
6605 Kentucky Avenue
Hammond, Indiana 46323

Funeral Mass
December 28, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
6605 Kentucky Avenue
Hammond, Indiana 46323


Humane Indiana
421 45th Ave,, Munster IN 46321
Tel: 1-219-922-3811

Cancer Resource Centre
926 Ridge Road, Munster IN 46321

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