Sheila C. "Flynn" McAdams, September 28, 1945 - October 2, 2017

Sheila C. "Flynn" McAdams
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Sheila Catherine Flynn, age 72, from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, died peacefully on October 2, 2017, two days after celebrating her birthday with family and friends. 

Sheila was born in Eau Claire on September 28th, 1945 to Sara and James Flynn. She graduated from Memorial High School in 1963 and then received an Education degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in 1967.  

Sheila returned to school for a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 1992 before becoming an adolescent therapist at the Eau Claire Academy for 17 years. She was proud of the impact she had on hundreds of adolescents and she treasured the opportunities to mentor students pursuing their Master’s degree in Counseling. 

Sheila loved to exercise and enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and taking walks. She was an avid reader, a member of many book clubs, had fun playing bridge, and was a Master Gardner. She participated in volunteer work at the Feed My People Food Bank, Immaculate Conception Church, the American Cancer Society, and the American Red Cross. She was very proud of her Irish heritage. Sheila was also grateful for her many friends and was thankful for their kindness.

Survivors include her children, Ryan (Audrey) McAdams, Carrie (Jaideep) Joshi, and Sean (Alison) McAdams; grandchildren, Kiran, Mira, Raina Joshi, Moriah and Lucas McAdams, Blake McAdams; Brother Michael (Janice) Flynn. Sheila is preceded in death by her parents, James and Sara Flynn; siblings Ron Flynn, Mary Buckli, Shawn Flynn, and Kevin Flynn, and her favorite aunt, Alice O'Brien.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Feed My People Food Bank of Eau Claire.

Sheila's high energy and fun personality touched many people and will greatly be missed, but never forgotten. 

A celebration of life will take place at the Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. A prayer service will conclude the celebration starting at 4 p.m.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Steve Jacobs December 8, 2017

    My sympathy on the loss of your mom. So many memories of good times and laughter at Marion's cottage. My Susie passed away June 29, 2016. She would talk often of the fun and laughter she had with her cousin Sheila. I'm sure they are laughing and enjoying each others company in Heaven!

  2. Ginni Anderson December 3, 2017

    I feel fortunate to have had Sheila as a friend for 44 years. We were sitting together in the Bluegold when JFK was killed. Sheila sobbed.
    Thankfully we had so many happy times together with lots of laughs through the years.
    Sheila accomplished so much in her life. She was so proud of Ryan,Carrie and Sean. May she Rest In Peace.
    Lot’s of love,

  3. Richard Lee October 10, 2017

    My sympathy on the death of your mother.
    Her death notice brought back many memories of my younger years, My mother was Celina Lee who was a sister of Gunhild O'Brien. I spent much time at Jack and Gunhild O'Brien and their children Maureen, John and Patrice. Also spent time with Marion Bement and family,and the Flynn Family. I would agree with your mother that Alice O'Brien was her favorite aunt, Alice was a very special lady.

    I only have memories now of my days in Osseo, Strum and Eau Claire.But they are very fond memories.

    Again my sympathy to all of your family.
    Richard Lee

  4. Paula Ovaska October 10, 2017

    My deepest condolences to Sheila's Family. So glad that she got to spend her birthday with you. We will all miss seeing her at coffee.
    My prayers are with you all.
    Paula Ovaska