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“My prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow. I remember sheila and her bright and smiling face all the time. To Coleen, Karen and Makayla...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Joanne Parker - Brandon, FL

“I'm so deeply saddened to have just heard of Sheila's passing. My deepest condolences to you all, especially her two boys. I knew Sheila long ago...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Diane Taber - Charleston, SC

“Dear John and Matthew please accept our heart felt condolences for the loss of your mother. May all your treasured memories bring you comfort during...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Paul and Chloe Cabral - RI

“Alex Vesprini and I would like to send our condolences on the death of Sheila . My son Alex has been very close friends to her son John since...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Gail and Alex Vesprini - MA

“So very sorry to hear of Sheila's passing. I went to school with her and she was always such a beautiful person. My Condolences to her entire family. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Laura Manory - Classmate

“So sorry for your loss. I worked with Sheila here at Our Lady Help of Christians in early 2000. She had a wonderful smile and sense of humor. May she...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Ed Desmond - Newton, MA - Friend


Waltham—Sheila A. (O'Connell) Taves, of Waltham, died at home on Sunday, January 26, 2020. She was 59 years old.

Sheila was born in Waltham, one of four daughters born to Joseph O'Connell of Waltham and the late Virginia H. (Giminarda) Keyes. A lifelong Waltham resident, she graduated from Waltham High School with the Class of 1978.

She had worked for the Raytheon Company and at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton.

Sheila enjoyed trips to New Hampshire and to the Cape where she found great peace, light, joy, and refreshment spending time at the beach in Truro. She loved animals of all kinds and had a truly special connection with her best friend, her late Cockapoo Diego.

She leaves her children, John P. Taves and Matthew J. Taves, both of Somerville, her sisters, Colleen J. O'Connell of Waltham, Karen J. Jurovcik of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Michaela P. Deeb of Brockton, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Sheila's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, February 4th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.