Loss of a wonderful wife and mother

Published 19/12/2012 | 21:02

The late Alice Rose O'Shea

ALICE ROSE O'Shea (nee Quirke) of Shanakill and formerly of Mitchel's Avenue, Tralee, passed away on Monday, December 10, after a prolonged illness.

Rose slipped quietly from this life in her home surrounded by her sorrowful family. Aged 60, she was born in London to parents Tommy and Alice Quirke, and they returned to Tralee after her birth.

She was the only girl in a family of six - with brothers Freddie, Patrick, Michael, Frank and Don (deceased). Educated in Moyderwell school, she joined the workforce at Denny's Bacon Factory in Gas Terrace at 14 years. During her tenure there she made many lifelong friends in her 11 years with the company, which was one of the biggest employers in the town at the time.

She met the love of her young life Michael O'Shea from Castlemaine at a dance in the Brandon Hotel in 1971 and they celebrated their 32 years of wedded bliss together only last month.

They lived in Castlemaine for a short spell, before coming to live in Reidy's Terrace, Upper Rock Street and finally in Shanakill in 1981. They were proud and loving parents to Marian, Timmy, Irene and Michael during this happy time in their lives, before her illness.

They loved to socialise with their friends and neighbours at the dances in Horans and the Brandon Hotel. Later they became loving grandparents to John and Gabrielle.

During the last few months, Rose battled her illness with courage and dignity with her only concern for her family. She is survived by her loving husband Michael, sons Michael Jnr. and Timmy, daughters Marian and Irene, grandchildren, brothers, sister in-law Eileen. nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Removal took place on Wednesday, December 12 from McElligott's Funeral Home, Tralee to St John's Church. Burial took place after 10am Requiem Mass on Thursday morning in New Rath Cemetery.

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