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James J. Sheely

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 31, 2016 @ 3:12 pm In Obituaries | 8 Comments

James J. Sheely, 87, a resident of Cornwall Manor in Lebanon County and formerly of Lancaster, died on Friday, December 30, 2016 of complications related to Parkinson’s Disease and pneumonia at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon.  He and his wife, Janet K. Sheely would have been married for 68 years on January 30.

Jim was born in Lancaster to the late Lloyd William and Margaret Jacoby Sheely in 1929.  He, his mother, and his brother and sister, Lloyd and Mary Jane lost their husband and father at an early age.

Jim finished J.P. McCaskey High School in 1948 and began working for Meiskey’s, a wholesale jewelry and watch supply house.  He and Janet were married at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lancaster in 1949.  He also worked for Hess’s Department Store, and eventually, bought the R.S. Manus supply business and several small companies, which became James J. Sheely Wholesale Distributors.  Janet was his partner in life and in business.

In their early married life, Jim and Janet had three sons – Scott, Bruce and Mark.  The boys became the focus of his activity from Boy Scouts to sports to camping.  Jim was always involved.  He served in the US Naval Reserves from 1947-1955.  He and Janet were charter members of the Community United Methodist Church in Lancaster.

As the business became more successful, Jim bought the building that housed the business on N. Queen St. where they lived in one of the apartments.  He and Janet also had a vacation home in Lehigh Acres, FL and a more permanent home in Mt. Gretna, first in the camp meeting grounds and then on Timber Road.  Jim was always executive chef at the barbeque grill during family gatherings by the pool in Mt. Gretna.  He was also an active member of the Sertoma Breakfast Club.

In their later years, Jim and Janet retired to Cornwall Manor in Lebanon County.  Jim lived with Parkinson ’s Disease for more than 20 years and was cared for in the Health Center of Cornwall Manor for the last several years.

Survivors include three sons and their wives: Scott, married to Jacquelyn Rebman Sheely,  Bruce, married to Jeanette Fiecoat Sheely and Mark, married to Marianne Deverter Sheely; Four grandchildren: Andrew, Adrienne, married to David Zavalick; Ryan, married to Rachel Dougnac Sheely and Adam; five great- grandchildren: Philip Zavalick, Joy Zavalick, Henry Zavalick, Connor Sheely and Sydney Sheely; Niece, Doreen, married to Michael Heider, and nephew, Michael Sheely; Brother-in-law, Donald Wiker of Ocala, FL and Sally Wiker, widow of brother-in-law Carl Wiker

Jim was predeceased by his mother and father as well as his brother, Lloyd William Sheely, Jr. and his sister, Mary Jane Sheely Pecora.,

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service from Zerr Chapel of Cornwall Manor, 1 Boyd St., Cornwall, PA on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Glen Esler officiating.  Family will greet friends in the Zerr Chapel on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be in Conestoga Memorial Park on Wednesday, at 12:45 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 Northwest 9th Ave., Bob Hope Rd., Miami, FL  33136


Condolences for the family of “James J. Sheely”

Condolence from NEIL & CHRISTINE CANTOR on January 1st, 2017 11:50 am

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO THE SHEELY FAMILY FOR THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ONE, JIM. MAY GOD BLESS & COMFORT YOU THRU THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME.

Condolence from Mark Usciak on January 1st, 2017 11:52 am

Mark, was saddened to hear of the passing of your father. My sympathy to you and your family during these difficult days. May God bless him and your family…..M

Condolence from Shirley Wolf (Hoin) on January 1st, 2017 5:52 pm

Janet Sheely and Family: I remember you and Jim from when your children were very small and you lived in Linville Circle. My parents were Mr. & Mrs. Hoin from Buttercup Road. I used to take walks with you and the boys. I have always remember you and Jim to be kind and thoughtful and I would like to extend my sympathies to the family.

Condolence from Pat Graybill on January 2nd, 2017 10:27 am

Mark and Marianne: My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your father. May beautiful memories keep him in your heart. blessings, Pat

Condolence from Bob and Giny Mackey on January 2nd, 2017 8:20 pm

Mark and Marianne,
So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. We know that you will miss him but the memories you share will surely be treasured. Please convey our sympathy to Ryan and Adam. We will keep you in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Condolence from Beverly. Davis Parmer on January 3rd, 2017 11:25 am

Dearest Janet & family,
I am saddened to read of the loss of Mr.
Sheely. I treasure the fond memories of hiking & camping with the Sheely family during the 60s & 70s. Jim’s banter with my dad, Dean Davis, always kept us laughing. Although it has been many years since we last saw Jim, he and the entire Sheely family are never far from our thoughts. And at this time of loss, please know I am thinking of you and praying many memories will bring comfort. With love, Beverly Davis Parmer

Condolence from John & Cherie Wallace on January 8th, 2017 11:43 am

Mark,
So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of loss and the days and years to come.

Condolence from Paula & Mike Morris on January 8th, 2017 4:08 pm

Dear Mark and Marianne,
We are so sorry for your loss. There are no words of true comfort at this time, but please know you are in our thoughts and your fond memories of Mr. Sheely will be treasures for the future.
Hugs to you both,
Paula & Mike

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