Sheila Ann Lanoue

sheila lanoue

July 28, 1938 ~ January 13, 2024

Born in: Brockton, Massachusetts
Resided in: Fairfax, Virginia

Sheila Ann Lanoue, age 85, died on January 13, 2024, after a spirited battle with lung cancer. Sheila weathered this fight in the same way she lived her life, with no regrets and fiercely loving and supporting her family. Sheila was born July 28, 1938, in Brockton Massachusetts, to Marcus and Blanche Leroy. She graduated from Brockton High School in 1956 and then, in 1960, went on to be one of the first women to graduate from Stonehill College, where she won the Philosophy Prize. During her teenage years, while attending weekly dances at her local church, she met and danced with a boy, Robert Lanoue, who eventually would become her husband, although she did not realize it at the time. In 1959, she married Bob, then an Ensign in the United States Navy, and a recent graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While in the Navy, with stops in Troy, NY, Pearl Harbor, HI and Brockton, Sheila and Bob had three children, Bob Jr., Janine, and Jim. Sheila guided the family while Bob served a tour in Vietnam. After leaving the Navy, Sheila and Bob moved to Virginia, where, in Springfield, in 1975, their fourth child, Katie, was born. Sheila instilled her love of learning in her children and her support as a volunteer and mentor was critical to their success. She was incredibly proud of their achievements as doctors, nurses, Naval officers, engineers, lawyers, and college professors. In addition to her children and their spouses, her family now includes 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In retirement, Sheila and Bob loved traveling the world with them. Sheila will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but her love will always be with us. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Claire of Assisi Catholic Church in Clifton, VA on January 27, 2024. An interment at the U.S. Naval Academy will follow at a later date.


Mass of Christian Burial : January 27, 2024 11:00 am

St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church
12409 Henderson Rd
Clifton, VA 20124


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  1. Prayers for the entire Lanoue family. I love our memories of Alloway Court, you being pregnant with Katie, and your coffee toffee bars and so much else. With love from the Murray family

  2. A lovely tribute to a beautiful woman. May her light shine eternally in the hearts of her family. Warm Regards,
    Steve & Andrea Smith

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