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In Memory

Elizabeth Fabiani (Sheekey)

Elizabeth Fabiani (Sheekey)

Obituary for Elizabeth "Betty" Laughlin Sheekey

Elizabeth “Betty” Laughlin Sheekey, 76, of Laurel Springs, NJ died suddenly at home on January 6, 2024.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Florindo “Fred” Fabiani and Pierina Fabiani, sister Marie Halphen (Tom), and former husband Thomas “Rocky” Laughlin. She is survived by her beloved husband Shawn Sheekey, daughter Melissa Pollitt (Ed), grandson Dakota Pollitt, siblings Bruno Fabiani (Sue) and Theresa Taraborelli (David), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA in 1947 to Florindo and Pierina Fabiani, Betty was the oldest of her siblings, Marie, Bruno, and Theresa.

She attended Haverford High before studying communications at Temple University. After graduating, she worked for a number of years in sales and then ran an advertising firm, Tilden/Laughlin Associates in Bala Cynwyd, PA. In later life she was a licensed real estate broker and appraiser, but her true love was as a real estate teacher at the Weichert School of Real Estate, in Turnersville, NJ. She was loved by hundreds of students and found much joy in teaching.

Betty met the love of her life, Shawn Brennan Sheekey, and they were together for forty years. They built a life together, raised Melissa, and shared many years of travel, concerts, and parties. She loved hosting Christmas, and over-feeding her family as any true Italian would do.

Betty’s favorite role was being a grandparent to Dakota “Cody” Pollitt. She treasured her time with Cody and loved being his “Mom-mom.” She loved animals and gave forever homes to countless furry and feathered friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 25, from 10 am–12 pm at Earle Funeral Home in Blackwood, NJ. There will be a short memorial service at noon. Guests will be invited to lunch.

Donations to the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, NJ would be greatly appreciated. https://www.awanj.org/ Condolences may be shared ay www.earlefuneralhome.com


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01/14/24 06:34 PM #1    

James Devers

I'm sorry to see her go. We went out  a few times. She had a wonderful personality. 

01/15/24 07:43 AM #2    

Don Krotee

Betty was a close friend in our Junior and Senior years, when she would be a regular part of the folk singing craze that might capture a Friday night, a summer day associated with Hiltop, and culminate in Haverford's own Hootenanny, an oddity, considering the strength and popularity of the revolution in mid-sixties rock music.  You are missed.

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