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Remembering a 22-Year-Old Loyola Academy Alumna Who Brought Lightness and Joy, and Died in Colorado Ski Accident

Remembering a 22-Year-Old Loyola Academy Alumna Who Brought Lightness and Joy, and Died in Colorado Ski Accident

A tragic ski accident last week in Colorado claimed the lifetime of a 22-year-old college student who was an alumna of Loyola Academy in Wilmette.

Eileen Sheahan, of Evanston, died on the scene around noon on Saturday, Jan. 27, after colliding with a tree near Aspen Highlands Ski Resort, in response to an announcement from the Aspen Skiing Company. The accident occurred on the resort’s exhibition run, which incorporates a series of ski runs on Loge Peak in Aspen.

Sheahan was in her senior 12 months on the University of Michigan, preparing to graduate in May with a level in economics, says an obituary written by her family. She attended grade school at St. Joan of Arc in Evanston and highschool at Loyola Academy, from which she graduated in 2020.

Sheahan’s life might be celebrated during a visitation from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, at Donnellan Family Funeral Home in Skokie and with a funeral Mass (livestream) starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 West Adams St., Chicago.

The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, and since “each schools were near and dear to Eileen’s heart,” supporters make a donation to the Eileen Sheahan Memorial Scholarship at The Academy at St. Joan of Arc or to Loyola Academy. Eileen Sheahan together with her parents Patti and TJ on her Loyola Academy graduation day in 2020.

“Eileen might be eternally loved and missed by all who were lucky enough to know her,” her parents TJ and Patti Sheahan said in an announcement. “She might be remembered for being an incredible big sister, best friend and role model. We’re immensely proud that Eileen spent a lifetime of giving to others and continues that legacy with the gift of life by being an organ donor.

“We feel blessed to have had 22 beautiful years with our cherished daughter and comforted at the moment to feel her presence and love throughout us.”

TJ and Patti Sheahan added that their daughter Eileen loved being with those she loved, including a big family with three siblings, aunts, uncles, and various cousins.

“We’ll miss seeing Eileen walk right into a room, and having all the room light up,” her aunt Kathy O’Brien Caplice said in an email. “We’ll miss her amazing smile, and the lightness and joy she brought together with her wherever she went. When Eileen talked to you, she really listened. Eileen was a stupendous and achieved young lady who was looking forward to graduation, had nearly straight A’s, and a job waiting for her when she was finished with school; nevertheless she was also humble and self-deprecating, which only made her more endearing.”

Eileen Sheahan (second from right) together with her siblings (left to right) Michael, Erin, and Margaret.

Memorial posts attached to Sheahan’s tribute page reinforce her family’s words.

Longtime friend and Loyola Academy classmate Katie Schied wrote that she could at all times count on Sheahan.

“I’ll always remember the bond we made and all of the older sisterly advice she gave me throughout those years (at Loyola),” Schied wrote. “She was truly so kind to everyone who crossed her path. … I’ll always remember her or her kindness, intelligence, and selflessness.”

After Loyola, Sheahan enrolled on the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She was as a student ambassador and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, in response to reporting from Mlive.com.

“She was a shining light and I’m so lucky that I got to know someone so special. We won’t be the identical without her,” sorority sister Tessa Weinberger wrote on the digital tribute wall.

Sheahan was the daughter of Patricia O’Brien Sheahan, a Cook County judge, and TJ Sheahan, an attorney, and the sister of Erin, Margaret, and Michael.

In accordance with her obituary, “she was idolized by all her cousins who saw her as a sister, including the Hendricks cousins: Michael, Brian (Christine), Eddie (Jess), Molly (Joe Centlivre); Caplice cousins: Nell (Sam Dickie) and Mac; O’Brien cousins: Patrick, Carlin, and Shaun; O’Malley cousins: Courtney (Ryan Leonard), Molly, Shea, Ryan, Tara, Brennan, Annie, and Meg; Sheahan cousins: Morgan, Lee, Caroline, Tommy, Mick, Elle, Lila, Owen, and Paddy.

She was the adored niece to: Kathy and Tom Caplice, Mariellen and Mike Hendricks, Jim and Karen O’Brien, Katie and Tom O’Malley, Michael Sheahan, Pam Munizzi, Tim and Debbie Sheahan, Ryan and Anne Sheahan, and Patrick and Renee Sheahan. She was the cherished granddaughter of Mike and Nancy Sheahan, and the late Pat and Debbie O’Brien.

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