Sheila Lahaie was the backbone of her family, said her daughter, Mary LoVerde.
"Our house was always open. When we were little, our backyard was filled with kids, and when (the kids) got older, they were hanging out in the basement,” she said. “She was a wonderful baker, and she would always make fresh-baked cookies when people came over.”
Sheila Lahaie, 82, of Valparaiso, died Aug. 25. She as a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Hebron and a Bishop Noll High School graduate. She was involved with Opportunity Enterprises in Valparaiso.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert “Buck” Lahaie, in 2008.
Lahaie was proud of her Irish immigrant family, and was the only girl growing up in a house with seven brothers, her daughter said.
She was very involved in her church, and took her Catholic faith very seriously, LoVerde said.
“She found great comfort in her religion,” she said.
She was an excellent housekeeper, and always kept the home neat and organized. She always looked forward to family gatherings.
LoVerde said her mother always had a smile on her face, and could make the most out of any situation.
“She always saw the positive, always found the silver lining,” she said. “She enjoyed life and always found those moments of joy.”