Sheila Maureen Wippich

August 24, 1955 - September 30, 2018

Sheila Maureen Wippich (née Barrett) passed away on September 30, 2018. The beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend resided in Batavia, IL, and Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, WI, where she spent her summers.  

Sheila was born and raised in the Tri-Cities. She lived in St. Charles until graduating from St. Charles High School the class of 1973. Sheila continued her education at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1977.   

During her summers in and around Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Sheila enjoyed childhood, cultivated her passions for cooking and entertaining, and served as the coordinator of many large family gatherings. She met her husband Ken in Fontana while they were both working summer jobs at Abbey Springs.  

After College, Sheila eventually settled in Batavia to raise a family with Ken, her husband of 37 years. She was an active volunteer at Holy Cross Church, her children's schools, scouts, and other community organizations. 

Sheila maintained her hallmark good humor and zeal throughout the 2013 diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), for which she received a Stem Cell Transplant from her sister, Mary Pat, in early 2018. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, William (Bill) and Evelyn Barrett, and infant daughter Sheila Hardt.  

She is survived by her husband Keniel (Ken), their three children and their spouses: Max (Elicia Turnbull) of Shorewood, WI, Ned (Bernadette) of Downers Grove, and Evelyn of Shorewood, WI; grandson Emmett; three brothers and four sisters and their spouses: John (Patricia) Barrett of St. Charles, Bonnie (Michael) Butcher of Nekoosa, WI, Kathleen (John) Cavanaugh of Omaha, NE, Peter Barrett of Walworth, WI, Barbara (William) Plachinski of Spotswood, NJ, Mary Patricia (Philip) Teague of Nashville, TN, William (Lilly) Barrett Jr. of Williams Bay, WI; Aunt Mary Edith Mulholland; 23 nieces and nephews; numerous grand nieces and nephews; cousins; and many close friends. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 A.M. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church 2300 Main Street Batavia, IL.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M.  Interment will be held private.  

Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Lymphoma Research Foundation ( or the Illinois Medical District (IMD) Guest House (


Guest Book

  • Kathy Rowen Sheila was always filled with a happy Spirit. We will miss her. Beautifully composed Obituary.
  • Sandy Larson So sad to hear of Sheila's passing. Such a gracious and kind woman....wish I'd had the opportunity to get to know her better. I know this will leave a big hole in your lives. Prayers and love to all of you
  • Louise J Zitzler From the very day I met Sheila on the lake when she jumped into the boat..I knew she had a spirit and zest for life like none I'd ever known. As time went on I realized she was the one of the most unique and lovely persons I will ever have the pleasure to call my friend. I have been so blessed to know Sheila Wippich. A world without her is so very hard to imagine. My heart is so broken for her brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren ....and honestly the hardest is a world without "Ken and Sheila". Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Rocky Faulkner What an amazing woman, I’m at a loss for words....I never saw her without a smile on her face. I miss you already Aunt Shelia!
  • Nancy & Dennis The pain is gone, but the love and joy will remain forever. We know Evelyn was awaiting her with open arms.
  • Celeste Phelan My deepest sympathy for Ken,Max, Ned, and Evelyn and all of Sheila's family. I will always remember Sheila's great humor and heartfelt laugh! So many wonderful College memories. Her hilarious Christmas cards were always anticipated and enjoyed by all my family. She will be so missed, but we will meet again! Be at Peace, She.
  • Jason Loewe Ken, I know how much family means to you and your love for wife Shiela. Prayers the God will lift you up in this difficult time. God Bless you!
  • Margaret Carlson As life goes on: Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near Still loved, still missed and very dear, How we do love you and how we will miss you. Your old friend