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Thomas Shea

BLOOMINGTON — The Rev. Thomas S. Shea, 80, of Bloomington, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (April 22, 2017) at Heritage Health, Bloomington.

His Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, with Monsignor Gerald T. Ward presiding and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in choro and leading the prayers of final commendation. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, with a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Catholic Charities. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.

He was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Bloomington, the son of John J. and Mary Catherine Sorg Shea.

Survivors include his brother, Michael (Suzanne) Shea, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two nieces, Kathleen (Sam Catanzaro) Shea, Minneapolis, Minn., and Angelia Shea, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a nephew, Sam (Susan) Shea, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and eight great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John L. “Jack” Shea.

Father Shea was ordained on Feb. 2, 1973, for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. His first assignment was as assistant at St. Monica’s in East Peoria and then vicar of the Pekin Vicariate. In 1978, he was appointed pastor at St. Paul’s in Danville. After he retired in 2001, Father Shea continued ministry as a chaplain at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, and helped as an assistant at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, and St. Mary’s, Downs, for more than 10 years.

Father Shea was instrumental in starting the Jesus House on Bloomington’s west side and had also been a recipient of Bloomington’s Man of the Year award.

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