Catherine June Fida Sheehe, 92, entered into rest on Monday, September 20, 2021, at
Commonwealth Senior Living, Harrisburg, PA. Born in Curwensville, PA, she was the daughter of
the late Maria Concetta and Michaelangelo Fida. She was the loving wife of the late Edward H.
Sheehe, Sr. for 57 years, before his passing in 2009. They were married in 1952 on the day of
Kate, or Nona, as she was often called, was a proud second-generation Italian. Her parents
immigrated from Calabria Italy, from a small town called Polestina. She was preceded in death
by her brothers, Dominic, Vincent and Anthony. She also had a sister Mary who remained in
Catherine was an ardent supporter of her family and community. She was active on committees
at St Margaret Mary Alacoque Church, Harrisburg, where all seven children attended the parish
school, before heading to Bishop McDevitt High School. She later served as an Extraordinary
Minister of Holy Communion. At Shalom House in Harrisburg, she was Volunteer Coordinator
for many years, and was honored with Volunteer of the Year award for fundraising. She was
known as the “hot dog lady” at the Colonial Park Plaza because of the numerous hot dog sales
and Christmas wrapping events held to raise money for Shalom House. She was a long-time
employee at Sears in Colonial Park and also worked at the US Naval Depot in Mechanicsburg.
A strong advocate for education, Kate met her future husband as a college student at
Thompson Business School. Kate and Ed were proud to have all seven of their children graduate
from college, with five attending at the same time.
Catherine loved being a wife, mother, Nona and Great Nona. Spending time with family,
cooking a meal and always entertaining her company with jokes and laughter were her favorite
She is survived by her seven children: Dennis (Martha) Sheehe, Bloomsburg, PA; Edward Jr.
(Maureen) Sheehe, Mechanicsburg, PA; Brian (Karen) Sheehe, Lancaster, PA; Kathleen Sheehe,
Havre de Grace, MD; Ann (Craig) Rhodes, Harrisburg, PA; Mary Concetta Seidel, Tracy’s Landing,
MD; and Francis Sheehe, East Stroudsburg, PA.
She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren: Patrick (Kirstin) Sheehe,
Owen, Conor, Maclan; Benjamin (Trisha) Sheehe, Savannah; Joel (Nicole) Sheehe, Sienna, Fiona;
Edward (Christy) Sheehe III, Edward IV; Margaret Sheehe; Louis (Amanda) Seidel, Alba; Michael
(Kimberly) Rhodes, Harrison; John Patrick Sheehe; Peter (Allison) Sheehe; Meryl Seidel; Sean
(Ally) Sheehe, Joey; Anthony (Madeliene) Seidel, Leila; John Dennis Sheehe; Catherine Rhodes;
Eden Light; Melanie Sheehe; and Matthew Bucher.
Friends and family are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September,
30, 2021 at 11 am at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church, 2800 Paxton Church Rd, Harrisburg.
Please omit flowers and kindly consider a contribution to Shalom House, 9 South 15th St,
Harrisburg, PA 17104 or St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church, 2800 Paxton Church Rd,
Harrisburg, PA 17110.