MATTOON -- Anthony Vincent Sheehan II, age 32, of Mattoon passed away at 8:31 a.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 320 North 21st Street, Mattoon, IL 61938. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Anthony was born on April 27, 1985 in Mattoon the son of Mark Anthony and Mary Margaret “Moni” (Roytek) Sheehan.
In addition to his parents, Anthony is survived by his grandmothers, Patricia E. Sheehan and Wanda F. Roytek both of Mattoon, IL; uncles and aunts, Gary R. Roytek (Sue Hinrichs) of Minneapolis, MN, John R. (Ann) Roytek of Mattoon, IL, Mike Roytek of Arlington, TX, J. Ann (Mike) Rylko of Mundelein, IL, Timothy P. (Angela) Sheehan of Teutopolis, IL, Mary Jo Henk of Scottsdale, AZ and Katherine V. (Kurt) Wahl of Scottsdale, AZ; and numerous cousins. Anthony was preceded in death by his grandparents, Anthony V. Sheehan, Richard R. Roytek and Margaret Ann “Marge” Roytek; and his good buddy, Father Dennis Kolross.
Anthony was a 2005 graduate of Mattoon High School, the first student there to graduate with Down Syndrome. He also attended and graduated from the Neil Armstrong program at Hawthorne School. Anthony was employed at CCAR where he loved the bus ride, the staff and “his paperwork.” Anthony loved his church family at the Immaculate Conception Church, thoroughly enjoyed attending Camp New Hope and was a Special Olympic athlete. Anthony lived life to the fullest. He showed God’s example of Christian love in its truest form. Always happy and loved life. His faith was deep and he lived an exemplary life that inspired all that knew him. He touched so many lives with his enthusiasm for life and contagious smile. Anthony was very patriotic and proudly sang the National Anthem at many events and whenever he’d see the American Flag. Anthony loved his sports teams; Cardinals and Cubs, St. Louis Blues, and wherever his buddy Jack played basketball. Anthony always loved a gathering whether it was a big party or a small group gathering, he was always front and center!
Anthony was so blessed with the care he has received over the years from Dr. John Burr and staff, Dr. Karen Wiarda and staff, Dr. Timothy Camden and staff, Dr. Michael Smith and staff and Dr. Bill Havlik and staff. He was also blessed for the many years of care provided by Sally Clark, JoAnn Allen and Pat Butler.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Camp New Hope, 1364 County Road 100 East, Neoga, IL 62447 or Special Olympics Illinois Region I, 520 Jackson Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.