Eleanore (Covell) Sheehan

October 23, 1922 ~ May 6, 2022 (age 99)


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eleanore (Covell) Sheehan of Andover, CT on May 6, 2022, just 6 months shy of her 100th birthday. Eleanore was born on October 23,1922 in a little house in Bolton Notch, CT but spent her entire life as a resident of Andover. She was the daughter of the late Ellsworth L. and Christine (White) Covell and wife of the late Lawrence “Larry” Sheehan all of Andover, CT. She leaves behind her son Dennis Sheehan of Andover and daughter Kathleen (Sheehan) Sideris and son-in-law Ven Sideris of Mansfield Center, CT.

She was the proud grandmother of Brian Sideris and his wife Tracy of Ridgefield, CT and Emily Sideris of North Windham, CT She loved being a great-grandmother to Cody Sideris of North Windham, CT and Havana, liana and Athen Sideris of Ridgefield, CT.

She also leaves behind her sister Virginia “Ginny” Osborne of Andover, CT and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Willis “Sonny” Covell and his wife Barbara of Andover, CT, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Edward and Carolyn “Jackie” Sheehan of Andover, CT as well as her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Dorothy and Thomas Anderson and brother-in-law Richard Osborne.

Eleanore had an extraordinary life that was far longer than she expected and far shorter than her family and friends would have preferred. After graduating from Windham High School in 1940 she went to work for 30 years at the Louis B. Arnold Insurance Office in Willimantic, CT and another 36 years at the Willimantic Social Security Office in Willimantic, CT. After 66 years she finally retired at age 85 in 2007.

She loved all things UConn especially the Men's and Women's basketball teams. She was an avid baseball fan of the Yankees since her husband Larry was born and raised in New York before coming to Andover where they met. She loved doing crossword puzzles, did beautiful coloring and enjoyed all the wild life that visited her home on a regular basis. She loved and cared for numerous cats and dogs in her lifetime and was especially fond of Golden Retrievers. She will be greatly missed by all of those who were fortunate enough to have known her.

In accordance with Eleanore's wishes her funeral and burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Gifts in her memory may be made to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, Ct. 06111; Andover Public Library, 355 Rte. 6, Andover, CT 06232; the Andover Volunteer Fire Dept., 11 School Rd. Andover, CT 06232 or to a charity of your choice. For an online memorial guestbook, please visit

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