Sheila A. Gildea, DPM

June 26, 1930 - June 26, 2018


Sheila A. Gildea, DPM, McLean, Va. — loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother — passed away peacefully on her 88th birthday, Tuesday,

June 26, 2018.

She was born in Woonsocket, R.I., daughter of the late Gen. James A. Murphy and Veronica Brennan Murphy.

Sheila was an athlete and scholar throughout her life. She proudly attended the University of Rhode Island, where she was a varsity athlete in three sports: basketball, softball and field hockey. While there, she became a lifelong member of Chi Omega Sorority. She then enrolled at Temple University, earning a doctorate in podiatric medicine at the age of 21. After graduation, she returned to Rhode Island, where she led a thriving surgical practice until she met and married Joseph A. Gildea, a young U.S. Naval Academy graduate. Over the next 63 years, they successfully raised four children, who adored her. They were also blessed with loving in-laws, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Sheila and her fearless partner Joe traveled the world together. She lived an incredible life, enriched by learning and brimming with love, adventure and fun. After Joe’s career path led them back to the United States, she returned to the practice of podiatry and then became a nationally recognized, award-winning Senior Olympian, earning international accolades for her track and field prowess.

Surviving are her loving husband, Joseph; four children: Andrew J. Gildea, Daniel H. Gildea, Maureen G. Mann, Deirdre G. Johnson, and their spouses: Lorie, David and Jeffrey; her grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Sheila Gildea: A woman of valor, a life well-lived.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Va. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington Nation Cemetery. Arrangements are by Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, Va.