Dorothy Sheridan Terhune


Dorothy A. Sheridan Terhune, 89, of Grand Rapids, MI, formerly of Waukon, passed peacefully, entering her eternal home Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Memorial services will be held Monday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Jim Weighner and Msgr. Rev. Cletus Hawes officiating. Burial of ashes will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to the Terhune-Sheridan Endowed Scholarship at Aquinas College. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon assisted the family with arrangements.

Dorothy Ann Sheridan Terhune was born in Waukon September 20, 1926, the daughter of Arthur and Cecilia Sheridan. She graduated high school from St. Patrick’s Catholic School and followed her sister to Marquette University for her BA degree and then on to the University of Michigan for her Masters. Dorothy met and married the love of her life, her rock of Gibraltar, John E. Terhune, and they have enjoyed over 52 years together.

Faith and family were central to her life, along with a strong work ethic and keen sense of humor. She enjoyed working at GRCC for over 48 years as a reference librarian. Active in sports in her younger years, she could outdrive many men on the golf course and loved a game of tennis or bowling. Fiercely loyal to family and friends, she was proud of the accomplishments of those she loved, especially her mother and father.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, John E. Terhune; are her nieces and nephews: Patrick (Amy) Cunningham, Cecilia Cunningham, Arthur (Judy) Sheridan, Roxanne (William) Riordan, Shawn (Susan) Sheridan, Michael (Lindy) Sheridan, Jeffrey (Melissa) Sheridan, Robert Terhune, Sandra (John) Randolph and dozens of their children.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Eleanor and Robert C. Cunningham; her brother, Arthur Lee Sheridan; and her beloved Scottish Terrier, Sir Arthur.

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