LACONIA — Sheila North of Laconia, New Hampshire, passed away in her home on September 22, 2013 after a brief illness.
She was born January 24, 1946 in Winsted, CT, the eldest daughter of Elwood and Bridget Myers. She graduated from Valley Regional High School in Deep River, Conn. and Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. Sheila moved to Syracuse, New York in 1970 where she earned a master's degree in education from Syracuse University College of Education. She later worked for the New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This is where she met her husband and love of her life, "Bobby". After enjoying the wildlife surrounding their cabin in Lafayette, New York, together they moved to Laconia, in 1999.
Sheila loved to garden and read. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed replicating the dishes of their travels while cooking for family and friends. She and Bob enjoyed entertaining, whether it be at home with the annual Christmas party or away for a "destination" get together. Fond memories were created while listening to Bob play the piano while her family and friends sang. Together, she and Bob had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States to visit friends and family and bird watch. They also toured Europe, enjoying especially the coast of Italy. As a sports fan, she loved to watch the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots and the Syracuse men's basketball team.
She is survived by Robert, her husband of 32 years; her son, Matthew Crowley (and life mate, Connie Snyder) of Henderson, Nev.; her daughter, Anne (and husband, Jeff Meskell) of Boston; and her stepdaughter, Dr. Heather North (and husband, Dr. Gary Rodberg) of Ocean Springs, Miss. She is also survived by her sisters, Amy Myers (and husband Ed Feeney) of Scottsdale, AZ, and Leah Ackerman (and husband, Jerry Ackerman) of Deep River, Conn, and her brother, Charlie Myers (and wife Rita Myers), of Menomonee Falls, Wis. She was predeceased by her sister, Jan Hart of Branford and Essex, Conn., who is survived by her husband, Kevin Hart of New Haven, Conn. She is also survived by her nieces, Rachael Whitbeck of Connecticut, Kelsey Bauer of Wisconsin and Allyson Feeney of Arizona, and her nephews, Carl Wiser and Wystan Ackerman of Connecticut and Noah Feeney of Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Central New Hampshire Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice. 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.