Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Helen L. Sheldon, of Lockport, formerly of Middleport passed away Tuesday morning, June 17, 2014 at Odd Fellows & Rebekah Hospice.

Mrs. Sheldon was born in Middleport, NY on January 5, 1914 daughter of the late William J. and Bessie (Stern) Nevin and she had lived in Middleport all of her life. She and her husband Harold "Flash" Sheldon were married May 12, 1939 in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Sheldon was a graduate of Fredonia Normal School and taught in rural schools in Chautauqua County from 1936 to 1939 and then taught Fifth Grade at Royalton Hartland Central School from l956 to l975.

She taught piano in Middleport and was an organist at the Middleport United Methodist Church for several years..

She was a member of the Middleport United Methodist Church and U.M. W. of the church. She was also a member of the Middleport Senior Citizens, Johnson Creek Senior Citizens, Busybuddies of Lyndonville, Eastern-Niagara Retired Teachers Association, New York State Retired Teacher Association, The Roadrunners of Lockport.

She was predeceased by her husband Harold "Flash" Sheldon in l981 and by two sons-in-law Robert Riedel and Terry O'Connor.

She is survived by four daughters Joyce O'Connor of Webster, NY., Marybeth (Dan) Wilson of Lockport, Sandra Riedel of Metairie, Louisianna, and Judy (Richard) Taylor of Lockport, seven grandsons Michael (Amy) O'Connor of Webster, NY., Michael (Carol) Wilson of Rochester, NY., Stephen (Sarah Clark) Wilson of Easton, Pa., Robert Riedel of Broussard, La., and Johnathon (Rebecca) Riedel of Chippewa Falls,Wisconsin, David Taylor of Shakopee, Minnesota and Aron (Robin) Taylor of Williamsville, NY.,

Also surviving are 17 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday from 10AM to 11AM at the Middleport United Methodist Church, Park Avenue, Middleport , NY where a Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 AM with the Rev. James Knapp officiating.

Burial will be in Hartland Central Cemetery.

Memorials to the Middleport United Methodist Church would be appreciated by the Sheldon family.

Arrangements by the Bates, Wallace & Heath Fuenral Home, Middleport, New York.

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