Doris Shea, 90, Rochester

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 24, 2007

Doris Elizabeth Shea, 90, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday morning, May 22, 2007, at

Sunrise Cottages in Rochester where she had lived briefly. Doris’ husband, Joe Shea, died just a short time ago on Feb. 8, 2007.

Doris is survived by her sister-in-law, Catherine (Katie) Shea Cashman, Owatonna; brother-in-law Bill and Jeanne Shea, Albert Lea; sister-in-law, Jean Shea and Hank Brenner of Arizona, her children: daughter, Sara Shea-Matchey, Owatonna; five sons, Tim and Cathy, Rochester; Tom and Stephanie, Owatonna; Rick and Lisa, Carmel, Calif.; Kevin

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and Jane, Burnsville; and Brian, New Hope, and eight granddaughters: Katie, Molly, Kerry, Melissa, Maggie, Kelsey, Meghan and Corrigan; six grandsons: Matthew and (Shelley), Christopher, Joseph, Nicholas, R.J. or Rick, and Nolan; two great-granddaughters: Norah and Lucy, and many nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, son-in-law Michael Matchey, sisters-in-law Kathleen and Margaret Shea, and brothers-in-law John, Paul, and Francis (Hans) Shea and Jack Cashman.

Doris, the only child of Alta (Bowers) and Olaf Arnold Johnson, was born Sept. 18, 1916, in Fargo, N.D. The Johnsons moved to Albert Lea when Doris was twelve where she later graduated from high school. While at Albert Lea High School she played tennis and was a guard on the girls&8217; basketball team. She was involved in writing for the school newspaper, the Ahlahasa. She talked often of her love of the summers spent at the cabin on Pelican Lake near Detroit Lakes as a youth, with her mother, father and cousin Beth.

Doris graduated with a bachelor of science degree from North Dakota Agricultural College, now North Dakota State University in Fargo, where she majored in Home Economics. She joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority while there and maintained an association with it throughout her life. Upon graduation, Doris accepted a position as a Home Economics teacher in Iowa, where she also coached girl’s basketball, and later taught in Morristown. She later attended the Minnesota School of Business learning secretarial skills. She was hired to work in Albert Lea as a private secretary to the president of a local meat packing plant.

When World War II began, Doris answered the call and became a civil servant in Sioux Falls, S.D., teaching GI’s the principals of radio and how to build a simple radio. After the war, Doris got a job working for the local Social Security office in Albert Lea and it was here that Doris ran into Joe Shea. They married on June 3, 1946, in Albert Lea and soon after moved to Owatonna where they started a family and lived the rest of their married lives. While raising her daughter and five sons, Doris was an active participant in the community. She gave many hours of volunteer work where she was a member and past president of the Owatonna Women&8217;s Club, member of Centennial Club, St. Louise Guild at St. Joseph&8217;s Church, and the Owatonna Hospital Auxiliary where her mother was a charter member. She also volunteered at St. Mary’s School, was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader and attended hundreds of school sporting events to support her kids, and was a master tailgater for the Twins and Vikings games at Metropolitan Stadium. Doris worked as secretary/treasurer alongside her husband in their family business, Shea Distributing Company. In addition to her sweet tooth, her passions were her faith, proper etiquette, fashion, her son’s jewelry and most of all, her family.

A number of years ago, Doris wrote a book, the memories of her life. The last three sentences she wrote sum up her life. &8220;I’m proud of who I am and I’m especially proud of my husband and family. I love them all so much and more than you’ll ever know. I wouldn’t change a thing about the wonderful life I’ve had.&8221;

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Sunday at 1:30 in the afternoon. Friends may call at Brick-Meger Funeral Home, 1603 Austin Road, Owatonna, Saturday, from 4 tp 8 p.m. The Rosary will be said at 7:30 at the Funeral Home. Friends may call an hour before the service at the church, with a reception to follow the funeral mass. Memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer&8217;s Research Project, the Catholic Education Memorial Fund or the donors&8217; choice.