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Lives lived: church offices stunned and saddened.

A REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY WAS HELD at 50 Wynford Drive in December to honour the memory of staff member SHEILA MARY LANG (nee Reoch) who passed away peacefully at home, in her husband's arms, in the early morning hours of Dec. 10th at the age of 56.

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Beginning in January 2003, Sheila worked at the Presbyterian Church's national offices in Ministry and Church Vocations, the General Assembly Office, and most recently as program coordinator with Canadian Ministries. She was also involved with the National Native Ministry Council, a commitment that was very important to her. It brought her life and she brought life to it, as well.

"Sheila was a good friend to many in the office and across the church," 1 said Ian McDonald, associate secretary of Canadian Ministries, in an email sent to staff. "She saw her work as ministry, and she approached it--as with all things--with grace, dignity, concern, and a sense of perspective and gentle kindness."

Originally from Montreal, Sheila married her high school sweetheart, Philip in 1978. They moved to Markham, Ont., in 1989. An avid reader, Sheila became a dedicated volunteer at the library at her children's ' school. As a lifelong churchgoer, Sheila was able to explore her spirituality and her love of music as an elder and choir member, most recently at Unionville Presbyterian Church.

She will be remembered most for the way that she lived: with grace, compassion, integrity and love. Sheila was especially proud of her children. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Phil, sons Andrew and Mathew and daughter Alison, grandson Jacob and parents Betty and Crawford Reoch, sister Cathy McLennan and brother Brian Nuttal.

A fund has been set up in Sheila's name for the PCC's continuing work with native communities in Canada. Please address all donations to the Presbyterian Church in Canada, 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON, M3C 1J7. Please designate: In memory of Sheila Lang.

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Title Annotation:Lives Lived; Sheila Mary Lang
Author:Lang, Sheila Mary
Publication:Presbyterian Record
Article Type:In memoriam
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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