March 23, 2006
A memorial Mass will take place April 29 for Sheila Cassin, who died of metastatic breast cancer March 5, 2006, at her home in Roseville, Calif. She was 63.
Sheila was born Nov. 10, 1942, at San Jose, Calif., a fifth generation Californian on the Cassin side. She lived in San Jose until she was 12, when her family moved back to the Cassin family ranch in Watsonville, Calif. She attended Santa Catalina Girls’ School and graduated from Watsonville High School and California State University, Hayward, now East Bay.
She taught at Fort Richardson Army Base in Alaska for three years, then two years in Dublin, Calif., followed by 32 years as an elementary teacher with Lake Tahoe Unified School District. She was a resident of South Lake Tahoe from approximately 1965 to June 2000, when she retired and moved to Roseville.
Sheila enjoyed her home and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs. She loved to entertain her many friends, especially in her home and on her lovely patio. She inspired many people with her positive attitude and her “do the best you can everyday” spirit during her two-year battle with metastatic breast cancer – just as she had in many years of teaching.
She is survived by her “family” of close friends carefully nurtured through the years and her two dogs, Sir Reginald Stuart and The Sterling Edition. She was predeceased by her father, Gerald Cassin in 1972, and her mother, Berniece Daily Cassin in 1995, both of whom are buried at Happy Homestead Cemetery.
Rosary will be recited and a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. April 29 at St. Clare’s Catholic Church, Baseline Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Roseville. Inurnment will be in June at Happy Homestead Cemetery. The date will be determined later.
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In lieu of flowers, donations in Sheila’s memory may be made to Sutter Roseville VNA & Hospice or to a local hospice organization; to the Jesuit High School Scholarship Fund, Sacramento; or to the research fund of the National Association of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.