Eleanor Joan Sharkey passed away on July 13th, surrounded by her loving family, in North Salem, NY at the age of 89. She was born in Redwood New York, to Gladys (Shaver) and Harry Gates. She attended Redwood High School but graduated from Kenmore High School in 1948.
In 1950 after graduating college in Kenmore, she moved to New Rochelle, New York. She worked as a dietitian in New Rochelle Hospital. She then met and married the love of her life, James F Sharkey on January 20, 1951.
They raised five children in New Rochelle until they moved to Peach Lake in North Salem, New York, where they had one more child. Eleanor was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, she was a true friend to all.
Through time she revealed her rare gift to all of us, a pure example of unconditional love. She was a gentle, kind and humble woman, and a true servant of Jesus Christ.
Her internal beauty and depth of understanding have provided a shelter for many in the past, as will her memory in years to come.
She is preceded in life by her husband James, and three sons, James, Daniel, and Timothy, and two siblings Elizabeth & Roger Gates. She is survived by her loving children, Kathleen (Sharkey) Sant and husband Dennis of Brewster NY, Susan
(Sharkey) Diaz and husband Juan of Bowling Green, KY, and Edward Sharkey of North Salem NY. Also survived by four maternal grandchildren, James Diaz, Sean Diaz, Padraic Diaz and Elizabeth Ramirez and four step grandchildren: Denny, Tina, Dawn, Rachel and 17 great grandchildren
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday July 29, 2019 at St. Lawrence O’ Toole Church, Brewster, NY at 11:30am. Interment will follow at June Cemetery, North Salem, NY. Friends and family may visit Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY on Monday July 29th prior to the mass from 9:30am-10:30am with a prayer service at 10:30am.