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Dolores A. (Hogan) Shea

February 4, 1927 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Dolores Shea Obituary

Ware / West Brookfield - Dolores A. (Hogan) Shea, 96, died on Friday, November 24, 2023 at Quaboag Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center surrounded by her loving family.

Born on February 4, 1927 in Ansonia, CT, she was the daughter of the late, Howard and Agnes Hogan and was a life-long resident of Ware. She was an active member of All Saint’s Church for many years, and credits her long life to her faith and her family.  She was also a member and Treasurer of the Friends of the Ware Senior Center. 

Dolores worked at the former New England Telephone Company, and then the Ware Shoe Company until its closing.  Later, she worked as a Teller for the former Ware Savings Bank.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, and playing bingo. 

She leaves her daughter, Sharon LaGrant and her husband Phil of Ware; her step-daughters, Jennifer Mott and her husband John of Hardwick, Hilarie Shea of West Brookfield, Cassandra Shea and her husband John of Anchorage, Alaska, and Claudia Kadra and her husband James of Ware; two grandchildren, Timothy LaGrant of Ware, and Gregory LaGrant and his wife Leigh of Belchertown; four great-grandchildren, Sophia, Chloe, Theodore, and Maxwell; and two special nieces, Deborah Britten and Kathleen Soltys. Dolores was predeceased by her first husband of 44 years, Robert Fitzgerald, and her second husband of 10 years, James Shea, as well as her sister and traveling companion, Catherine Welsh, her sister-in-law Maureen Hogan, her brothers, Michael, Howard, Edward, Richard and Francis Hogan, and her stepson, Christopher Shea. 

Her family would like to thank all the dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff of Quaboag Rehabilitation & Skill Care Center as well as Compassus Hospice for their tireless and compassionate care of Dolores.

Per her wishes, a private graveside service will be held at a later date in New Saint William Cemetery. 

Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware is assisting her family with arrangements. 

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