Feb 03,1943---May 23,2021

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JMJ

Jody (Jerome Joseph) Sheehan passed on to his eternal reward on Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd, 2021.

Jody was born in Enid, Oklahoma on February 3rd, 1943 to Mildred and Eddie Sheehan. His adolescence was spent in Texarkana, Texas, where he was the youngest of four siblings: quintessential big sister Mary, always in glamorous red; eldest brother John, who was Jody’s mentor in married and family life; and Michael, who traded Jody a hairbrush for a prayer book when leaving for the seminary. As the last child in the home, Jody was especially close with his mother Mildred, who taught him to show love through cooking and to do his own laundry. Jody also loved, respected, and cared for his father Eddie. The heart of his childhood home was extended family, filled with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The soul of the home was Sacred Heart parish, with Masses, school functions, social events, holy days, Sacraments, and dinner with priests.

As a boy, Jody had a habit of playing poker with his father’s golden nickels (actually $20 gold pieces!). He shot birds with his BB gun, which he later regretted, and was caught late one night stealing pumpkins from the neighbor’s garden. Jody loved playing baseball on a team with his “Baptist friends,” and when they went out for burgers after Friday night games, he would order his without meat, like a good Catholic boy, avowing that it tasted just as good.

Jody met the love of his life, Frances Dillon, during basketball season, where he showed off his stellar guard skills to the cute brunette cheerleader. She agreed to date him, despite the fact that he was far too old for her. After being told to come back in a few years with a job, he finally convinced Frances’ father that he was marriage material, and they celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony on June 6, 1964 at St. Edwards Catholic Church before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma. For nearly 57 years, Jody and Frances worked at marriage every day, and their love story inspires all who were fortunate enough to witness it.

After finishing his history degree at the University of Tulsa, Jody found a “family man” job in Kansas City, and the couple settled in Lenexa, Kansas, to raise five children in love and in faith. God’s plan for Jody was to be the father of daughters, for whom he would do anything. Particular moments sum up this calling, such as

·         giving underdogs on the swing for hours to all the friends at the slumber party (ask him if he’s a truck driver . . .)

·         setting up a high jump practice pit in the front yard with a mattress and bike flags, despite the neighbor’s concerns about the lawn (I’m raising kids, not grass!)

·         spending a week as sous chef on a hot food truck in the middle of Iowa – that man could shuck corn!

·         coaching softball, volleyball, basketball, etc., and being his daughter’s biggest fan at the game (that’s your ball!)

·         driving all the way to Chicago, just to pick up a daughter and a newborn and drive straight back to Kansas City

There’s also the late-night bra shopping and even a Shaun Cassidy concert, bless that man. He showed his daughters Gilly’s in Pasadena, the Grand Canyon, and Saint Peter’s Square. He taught them to drive a stick and change a flat. They can all make his gravy, but no one can reliably replicate his fudge. Jody’s advice to his daughters was short and sweet: Watch out for the crazies and don’t be one. So far they have all obeyed.

Jody was quite content to acquire his sons full-grown and housebroken, as his daughters found and married them, and he danced on the table at the fifth and final wedding. Those boys love and respect their father-in-law and are honored to be his pall bearers: Rob Gliesman, Chris McEntee, Ron Bishop, Ryan Brotherson, and Joe Graham. Jody’s influence on his grown daughters’ faith is by example not dictate, quietly accepting each where they are while persistently urging a deeper relationship with God.

Jody was a longtime, active member of Holy Trinity parish, and he sent a daughter to the parish school for 25 consecutive years, attending every single Christmas Pageant. He was a Knight of Columbus, a Eucharistic minister, a marriage prep leader, and a member of two small faith communities, the Emmaus Group and Common Threads. As the Church began the retreat movement in the 1990’s, Jody discovered how he would live out his faith: as a daily pursuit of the concept of God. Introducing himself as a simple man just trying to do what’s right and working at it every minute, he accepted each moment on his faith journey, shortcomings and all. This allowed him to also love and accept others exactly as they came. He was a true servant leader, hardworking and not seeking the spotlight, which he showed by supporting retreats and such programs as Promise Keepers and Christ Renews His Parish. He helped establish Men Under Construction in the Archdioceses of Kansas City in Kansas and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jody covered the 4:00 a.m. shift at Holy Trinity’s Perpetual Adoration Chapel every Thursday for 29 years.

Jody loved softball and played on many teams over the years, including two over-70 championship-winning teams. He asked for batting gloves every Father’s Day for as long as anyone can remember and sliding pants too, as long as his wife permitted him to slide.

Jody loved his large and still-growing family with all his heart, and he told them so every chance he got. He leaves behind his beloved “Lady,” Frances Dillon Sheehan; his dear brother Michael Sheehan, Archbishop Emeritus of Albuquerque; and his five adoring daughters Susan Gliesman (Rob), Kim McEntee (Chris), Karen Bishop (Ron), Mary Beth Brotherson (Ryan); and Sarah Graham (Joe). Jody found great joy in each of his unique grandchildren: Robbie, Katie, Jordan, Allison, Hailey, Joe, Dillon, JJ, Nora, Charlie, Carolyn, Nate, Lily, Will, Claire, Luke, Molly, and Laura. He was also blessed to live long enough to know and love several great grandchildren: Brody, Cal, Riley, Pete, Noah, and Theo. He has nieces and nephews across the country and spent many Thanksgivings with Mark Yadon, Kelly Johnson, Ann Sheehan, Steve Sheehan, Julie Sheehan, David Sheehan, and Kathleen Wilmes. Countless parish friends will miss Jody’s quiet leadership and service, and his softball teammates will miss his pinch running skills.

Jody is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mildred Margaret Jarboe Sheehan and John Edward Sheehan, his sister Mary Yadon, and his brother, John Sheehan.

A Rosary will be prayed at 4:45 PM followed by visitation from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, May 26th, at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS.   Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, May 27,  at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13615  W. 92nd, Lenexa, KS.  In lieu of flowers, Jody would ask you to consider a donation to Holy Trinity Parish, Catholic Charities, or Right to Life. He would also ask you to say a prayer, play a game of softball, and tell those close to you that you love them.

 

“Love is the living of one’s life for the good of the other.”
~Jody Sheehan
1943-2021



Condolences

Camilla Jane Thomas May 25 ,2021

Fran’s First Cousin ,Porter ,Texas

Larry, Wade & Family, and I send our deepest heartfelt condolences. We will all miss Jody and his spunk and spirit. I remember when he was a lifeguard at the Spring Lake Pool in Texarkana.... The memory of Jody will become a treasure to each of his beloved family members. All will grieve but hold dear their special memories.....,,, I believe their is a new great grand so the Circle of Life goes on..... Love and prayers for the days ahead........

Cheryl Mundweiler May 25 ,2021

friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time!

Ron/Janet Jackson May 25 ,2021

Friends ,Broken Arrow ,Oklahoma

Fran and family! We will surely miss Jody. Our friendship over the past 52 years is a treasure and we are thankful for the wonderful memories we will have of Jody. He was truly such a genuine gentleman! He will be missed but close in heart and spirit.

Jody Grigsby May 25 ,2021

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Dear Fran and family, What a lovely man Jody was! I met Jody and Fran at one of the early retreats of Holy Trinity in Atchison, Ks so many years ago Jody was easy to talk with , compassionate ,and light hearted. We even shared the same name so there was an immediate connection. What a race Jody ran to win the true PRIZE! As HMcAleavy would say. “I hope when I get to heaven God will say , “Well done my good and faithful servant!” And.. God surely will be saying this to Jody! I count myself lucky and blessed to have known Jody and will remain grateful for having known him just a little. Fran,and family, may you feel God’s arms holding you close, comforting you at such a time of great loss. In celebration of Jody Sheehan’s life may I strive to be the person God meant me to be. Jody Grigsby

Malleson Emmerling May 25 ,2021

Friend from Holy Trinity ,Little Rock ,Arkansas

I met Jody at Holy Trinity and became friends with him through the Spiritual Mentorship Program. He was so welcoming— always with a smile, love and a hug. I am deeply saddened by his passing, but Heaven gains a great soul. Bless you, Fran. Much love to you.

Sharon and Vern Walters May 25 ,2021

Part of Common Threafs ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Jody was an integral part of our small faith group. He was always smiling and questioning. We loved him and the way he dealt with issues head on. We also loved him for the way he loved and adored his wife. We will miss his contributions to our group but know he is doing God’s will with a smile. Sharon and Vern Walters

Stacy Clark May 26 ,2021

Parish friend ,LENEXA ,Kansas

The first time I met Jody he was bringing big bunches of beautiful flowers to the first Christ Renews His Parish women's retreat, which I attended. His servant heart and giving spirit and immense JOY was abundant and his willingness to share was obvious. He will be so dearly missed.

Ruth Lacz May 26 ,2021

Friend ,Lafayette ,Colorado

Dear Fran, I am so sorry to hear this news. Jody will be greatly missed by so many. Come see us when you can Love, Ruth.

Tom & Alice Brackhahn May 26 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Fran, Alice and I were disheartened to hear of Joe's passing. Please share our deepest sympathy to your family. All those years where we connected to the Sheehan family with babysitting, Men's Club, Softball, etc. were all great memories. Thinking of you!

Al & Christine Rossi May 26 ,2021

Very close friend and brother in Christ. ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Dear Fran and family, Christine and I are so shocked and so so sorry that Jody has gone to his eternal reward, There are so many memories at Holy Trinity with you and Jody. starting with Fr. Burger retreats, Emmaus faith group, helping him with men under construction, Christ Renews His Parish and our drive to Dallas Texas in his big old station wagon full of men going to Promise Keepers at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium and Jody drove most of the way there and back. Jody always told everyone I hugged him so hard once I popped his back. Even though we haven't had much contact lately I will miss him and that unmistakable voice. Fran may our blessed Mother surround you and your family with her mantel of protection. God bless you all.

Kay Lusk May 26 ,2021

friend ,Texarkana ,Texas

Oh, Frances, I am so sorry to hear about Jody. Have such great and loving memories of our Sacred Heart School days not to mention that we shared the same day to get married. I had the privilege of also growing up in Wake Village as A WV brat. Such fun days. My thoughts and prayers are sent your way during this sorrowful time. It's not an easy journey ahead I can tell you but you are a good strong lady and you've got those girls there to hold your hands. I plan to have a Mass said at Sacred Heart for Jody. Take care of yourself.

Ken Hummell May 26 ,2021

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Geri and I send our condolences and prayers to Fran and family on the loss of Jody. Really got to know him 10 Years ago at the CRHP weekend. Great guy, great family!

Alex and Rosemary Valdez May 26 ,2021

Friend ,Espanol ,New Mexico

What a joy and pleasure it was to get to know Jody on the many pilgrimages we traveled together. He had a wonderful sense of humor and the kind generous heart. We will miss him. Our prayers are with all of you and may be rest in pace.

Bruce Manuel May 27 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

May The Lord comfort Jody’s family & friends in what seems like a time of unbearable loss with the sue knowledge that Jody is being for by Our Lord in His Heavenly Home & we will be with him again ther!

Joe & Marisa Chase May 27 ,2021

Holy Trinity parishioners ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Fran and Family: Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Jody. We remember back to the early years at Holy Trinity and the fellowship we shared. Peace and God's blessings to your family. The Joseph Chase Family Joe, Sr, Marisa Candice & Joe,Jr

Catherine (Cathy) School May 27 ,2021

Fran’s baby sister; Jody’s sister-in-law ,San Antonio, TX ,Texas

I’ve known Jody nearly my whole life. When he was a lifeguard at Spring Lake Park in Texarkana, he taught me and my brother, Charles, how to swim. I remember what a gorgeous couple he and Fran made at their wedding in 1964. I was 10 then. Through the years I’ve been a part of his family’s life. I attended all five daughters’ weddings and visited Lenexa for many Thanksgiving holidays. Best memory ever was the family trip to Rome in 1994 when his brother, Michael, received his Archbishop’s pallium at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome from Saint Pope John Paul II. No travel since then has ever topped that! I’ve been blessed to know his daughters well (Sarah, their youngest, is my Godchild), most of the grandchildren and a few of the great-grands. Jody was an energetic, caring person who exuded warmth and positivity to everyone. He was also a great Catholic man who practiced his faith and passed it on to his family. I’ve always admired his organizational skills (with 5 daughters, one has to be organized!) and most of all loved how much he loved my dear sister. Jody will be sorely missed.

Ruth (Stewart) Archambault May 27 ,2021

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Frances, I am saddened to hear of your loss of Jody. What a great guy! Our 12 years as classmates at Sacred Heart showed me what a kind and "solid" person he was. I was always happy to know that you and he had found each other! I really loved his mother also. My outings with his parents to Jody's Little League baseball games is such a fond memory of my childhood. Today, I viewed his LIVE funeral Mass, and got a glimpse of you and your girls. It warmed my heart. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Just think...Jody is now enjoying the eternal embrace of God. I think I feel a bit envious! Much love and many blessings to your whole family, Ruth

David Wanamaker May 27 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

To our dear friend Fran and the entire Sheehan family...we will miss your Jody more than I can put into words. Anne says that one of her most enduring memories of Jody will always be that he said of marriage, that upon waking in the morning, his first thought would daily be, I need to do better at asking that same question every day. Upon reflecting on the example Jody's life set for me, I can't help but think of the following words: selfless hospitality, Christian disciple, true humility, role model, inspiration and true friend. As Fr. Mark so eloquently noted in his homily today, I will pray for Jody. But the life he lived makes that seem so unnecessary. He was among the best men I've ever known. Love to you all. Dave Wanamaker

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
May 26 ,2021
Time:
4:45 PM
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Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
May 26 ,2021
Time:
5:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Address:
13615 West 92nd Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
May 27 ,2021
Time:
10:30 AM
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