Cohoes - Laurel H Sheehy, wife of Bryan T Sheehy and mother of Heather Laurel Keough (James), passed away Monday November 21st, 2022 at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Laurel was born on January 14, 1949 in Troy NY, the daughter of Roy and Ouida (Jeavons) Goodwin. She was a 1967 graduate of Troy High School and was a resident of Troy and Pleasantdale for most of her life until moving to Cohoes in 2010. In addition to her parents Laurel was predeceased by her infant sister Bonnie Lee Goodwin and her cousins Linda Casolo and Frederick Goodwin.
Laurel enjoyed a 38 year career as an administrative assistant at General Electric Silicones in Waterford, retiring in 2005. After her retirement she worked as a tax clerk for Lansingburgh Central School District.
Laurel was a long-time communicant of Cornerstone Community Church in Lansingburgh, where over the years she was an active member of the United Methodist Women, the Church Council and Board of Trustees. She was also the manager of the church's thrift store, The Shoppe at Cornerstone Church.
She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, her 'boyfriend' Bryan T Sheehy of Cohoes, who she married on June 6, 1970. She was the beloved and adored mother of Heather Laurel Keough (James) of Rotterdam. She is also survived by her cousins Shirley Albert, Debbie Haton, Raymond Killian, and William Killian; and her lifelong best friend Judith Plouman. She was godmother to Susan Naccarato and Amy Petrokus and special aunt to Jennifer Ellmer, Diana O'Bannon, and Amy Witzke. Additionally Laurel is survived by her sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and the many dear friends she made through GE, Lansingburgh, Red Hats, and her church community.
Many will remember Laurel for her delicious Christmas cookies, her love of Guptill's ice cream, and her ability to tell a story, but her true legacy is her thoughtfulness, kindness, and the love she gave to those around her. We loved her dearly and will always cherish her memory.
Laurel's family wishes to thank the amazing nurses and staff of the 4th floor and the ICU of Samaritan Hospital for the loving and compassionate care she received in her final days, and Dr Charles Sulzman for his kind and compassionate care throughout the years. We also wish to thank the many family members and friends who have surrounded Laurel and her family with love and support during this difficult time.
Calling hours for Laurel are 2-5 pm followed by a prayer service, on Sunday November 27th, 2022 at Konicek and Collett Funeral Home, 1855 12th Avenue, Watervliet NY. Funeral procession will be on Monday November 28th from the funeral home leaving at 10:30 a.m. to Memory Gardens, Watervliet-Shaker Rd, Colonie NY.
Those wishing to remember Laurel in a special way are encouraged to make a donation to a charity of one's choice or to commit a random act of kindness in Laurel's honor. Online condolences at konicekandcollettfuneralhome.com