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John “J.P.” Shea

August 20, 1950 ~ January 23, 2022 (age 71)


John “J.P.” Shea, 71 of Glenwood, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022, surrounded by his family following an extended battle with cancer.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 122 First Street NW in Glenwood. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Friday, February 4, 2022, also at the church, with visitation one hour prior. Private interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Glenwood.

John Patrick “J.P.” Shea, son of John and Gwendolyn Shea was born August 20, 1950. He grew up in Glenwood and was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he was baptized, confirmed and married. He attended high school in Glenwood and belonged to the class of 1968. He was united in marriage to Cheryl Schaub on May 5, 1973 at Sacred Heart Church in Glenwood. They were blessed with a son, David and a daughter, Patricia.

J.P. started selling when he started in retail with his Uncle Pete at the Gambles Store in Alexandria and remained in sales throughout his career. He retired from American Solutions for Business in 2015.

J.P. enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and spending time at the cabin south of Glenwood that he and Cheryl owned since 1979.  He was also an avid woodcarver and has many of his works all over the U.S.

He loved the simple things in life, whether it was a walk in the woods or a drive in the country. He also enjoyed helping Cheryl bake cookies as long as he was able to be the “taste sampler.”

J.P. is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Cheryl; son, David (Alona); daughter, Patricia "Tricia" Kobernusz; his only and very special granddaughter, Rylie Kobernusz; a sister, Barbara Serres; two brothers, Michael (Peggy) and Stephen (Patty), as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gwen; infant brother, David; and brother-in-law, John Serres.  

In lieu of flowers the family asks that people make contributions to their favorite charity or Glacial Ridge Hospice.

LIVESTREAM INFORMATION: For those who would like to participate in JP’s service via livestream, you can watch the service on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 11:00 am.  It can be viewed by using the link in the next paragraph, just "CLICK PLAY" to begin.  Please leave a message of support on our Tribute Wall to let the family know you were able to watch the service.  If you are having troubles with the Livestream, the service will be available to watch later in the day.

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February 3, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Glenwood, Hoplin - Hitchcock Funeral Home)

February 4, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Glenwood)

Mass of Christian Burial
February 4, 2022

11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Glenwood)

Private Interment

Calvary Cemetery
Memorial Drive
Glenwood, Minnesota 56334

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