Miriam Shea, CSJ

Obituary of Miriam Shea, CSJ

Miriam Shea was a kind, creative, and joyful presence; a fun-loving delightful hostess; and a woman of deep wisdom and faith. She was born the oldest of three sisters, in Minneapolis, MN, on June 3, 1928, to Neil and Mabel (Finno) Shea, and died on May 18, 2024, at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. Upon graduating from high school, she entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) in 1946. Miriam states that one of the greatest blessings of her life was her liberal arts education, receiving a BA in Education and Sociology from the College of St. Catherine (CSC) in St. Paul (1958), attending the University of Hawaii, where she majored in Art (1963-1965), and later receiving a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her first missions were teaching at St. Therese, St. Gregory, and St. Mark in St. Paul, St. Helena, and Christ the King in Minneapolis, and St. Michael in Grand Forks, ND. From there Miriam received what she considered the greatest gift from God and the CSJ Community, the “gift of life in Hawaii,” where she taught music and art to K-12 students, worked for the Diocese of Honolulu, giving workshops on how to teach religious education to elementary school children, and oversaw sodality at two of Hawaii’s military bases. Upon her return, Miriam taught 3 years at St. Pascal in St. Paul, and then 16 years in the Art Department at the College of St. Catherine, where she designed and implemented the Master of Art Education program. Even in her retirement Miriam continued to teach, drawing out the creative gifts of the residents of Carondelet Village. Miriam served on many boards including the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She also received the Art Educators of Minnesota Distinguished Service Award (1993). Miriam loved to sing and was always an active member of the CSC and CSJ choirs. She loved books and word puzzles and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Miriam is preceded in death by her parents and sister Kathleen Morgan. She is survived by her sister Betty Doherty; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, cousins, many dear friends, colleagues, and Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates, St. Paul Province. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at 11:00 AM, in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, with burial following at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Memorials preferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation.

Dear Miriam, rest in love and peace.

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Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel
1884 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
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