Celebrating the Life of Sheila Hollern

I was just informed of the passing of Sheila Hollern who is a relative of Jeremy and Erica Kelly, both instrumental in the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. Its so sad to see these deaths when we fervently hope that a cure is around the corner. Our thoughts and wishes are with the family members and we will continue the fight to find a cure for this disease that slowly and quickly takes loved ones away

Sheila Brooks Hollern

Last modified: January 16. 2013 12:11PM PST

Sheila Brooks Hollern passed away peacefully in San Francisco on January 15 from cancer and post-surgical complications from Myotonic Dystrophy.  She was 48.

Sheila was born in Palo Alto, California and grew up in Bend.

Sheila spent most of her life in Marin County, California where she volunteered her time at the Cedars Development Foundation and Marin General Hospital.

Sheila spent many happy hours surrounded by friends who entertained and were entertained by her and had a loyal following of family, friends, relatives and dear girlfriends who shared her life in San Anselmo.

Sheila took great pride in decorating her apartment, where every inch of her walls were covered with photos and memories of a happy life.  She enjoyed traveling with her family and her boyfriend of 25 years, Brad McKinsey. Sheila was devoted to her family, her many friends and especially her beloved cat, Midnight.

Sheila is survived by her parents, Mike and Sue Hollern; her brother, Chris Hollern; her sisters Erica Kelly (Jeremy Kelly) and Leslie Lynch (Gene Lynch) and six adoring nieces and nephews.

A private, family remembrance is planned.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted by Lifehouse, a Bay Area organization dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities. Lifehouse was instrumental in making Sheila’s life happy and productive. Their address is 899 Northgate Drive, Suite 500, San Rafael, CA 94903 or donations can be made online at lifehouseagency.org.