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Mary Frances “Polly” Heinrich

July 16, 1925 - June 2, 2018

  • Private
  • June 9, 2018 | 2:00 P.M.
  • The Little Home Church by the Wayside
    32W128 Army Trail Road
    Wayne, Illinois 60184
  • Burial Location

Mary Frances “Polly” Heinrich age 92, longtime resident of Wayne passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018. She was born to Harold and Mary Pride in Manchester, IA. She grew up in Ames, IA, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College. She married Al Sheehan in 1947 and created a warm and loving home for her husband and five children. Following Al’s death in 1985, Polly wed Donald Heinrich in1997. She was a very active member of the Little Home Church by the Wayside, in Wayne, since 1954, serving on many boards and in leadership positions. Polly was a patron of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a volunteer at Head Start, and a volunteer and board member at Hesed House. She grew beautiful peonies, and baked the best rhubarb pies.

She is survived by her husband The Reverend Dr. Donald Heinrich, Dr. Katharine (Dr. Frederick Walker) Sheehan, Margaret “Mimi” (Adam Wheeler) Sheehan, John (Sharon Bernstein) Sheehan, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brother Richard (Dorothy) Pride, sons-in-laws; Michael Groves, and Nicholas Diederich.

She was preceded in death by her first husband John Allan Sheehan, two daughters; Mary Elisabeth “Lisa” Sheehan Diederich, Josephine “Josie” Sheehan Groves.

A Memorial Service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday June, 9, 2018, at The Little Home Church by the Wayside, 32W128 Army Trail Road, Wayne, IL 60184. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Little Home Church by the Wayside Capital Fund Campaign. The family wishes to thank the Northwestern Hospice staff for their support and comfort during Polly’s final days.


Sue Brinkman from Osprey, FL

"My love and sympathy to all of Polly's dear family. Polly was one of the best in every way."

Liz and John Bacon from Exeter, NH

"Our sympathy to all you wonderful Sheehans. We have so many treasured memories of Polly! Her 40th birthday celebration was the first party we had the honor to attend soon after our arrival in Wayne in 1965. That was the beginning of a long friendship and a great introduction to a fun community that was populated with so many interesting and unique people.We send you our love with the hope we shall meet again one day. On Thursday this week we are setting out in our 1990 VW Vanagon for Wayne and a 90th birthday party for Herb Knight, then some trout fishing in Wisconsin with Charlie and his family. Our door is always open to visitors here at RiverWoods. John and Liz"

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