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Deborah A. Sheridan

Deborah A. Sheridan, 65, wife of Jan Struyde of Edge Street, Ipswich, died peacefully and in the presence of her family Saturday, July 4, 2020, at North Shore Medical Center, Salem, following a long battle with complications of COVID-19.

Born at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on December 2, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Peter Sheridan Sr and Louise (Bushee) Sheridan, and the eldest of five sisters and a brother. She was raised in Melrose and educated in the Melrose Public School system. Before marrying, Deborah had also lived in Colorado, Plymouth, and North Adams, and during her married years in Melrose, Lynn, Marblehead, and Ipswich. She graduated from North Adams State College in 1975 and from Salem State College in 1986, with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Deborah was employed as a registered nurse at Boston City Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, several North Shore hospices and nursing homes, and most recently as infection control nurse and staff developer at Maplewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Amesbury. She was a sweet, wise, compassionate, and humble clinician and caregiver committed to her patients, residents, and coworkers. Deborah loved politics, attended political rallies, and had wanted to obtain an absentee ballot for the upcoming national elections. She loved her garden, two dogs, cat, horse, folk music and the Me&Thee Coffee House, walks, the mountains and, most of all, her families of origin and procreation. Her greatest joys in life were gathering with her siblings, FaceTiming daily with her two daughters, and being a magical Nana to her grandson. 

In addition to her husband Jan of thirty-three years, she is survived by two daughters, Nina Struyde of Beverly; Natalia Struyde and  her partner Anthony Genest; a grandson Nathaniel of Marblehead; stepson Jared Struyde of Peabody; five sisters, Terry Sheridan of Bedford, Kathy Franco of Clarksburg, Paula Borah and her husband Stephen Borah of Williston, VT, Patty Sheridan and her husband Timothy Rodrigues of Amesbury, Andrea (Sheridan) Trojano wife of the late Robert Trojano of Dorchester and a brother Peter Sheridan and his wife Nora (Meany) Sheridan of Amesbury. She is also survived by  nieces and nephews including Eli Franco and Alyse Franco, Julie and Andy Borah, Abby and Stanley Rodrigues, James Sheridan, Gregory Sheridan and his spouse Melissa and Michelle and Katie Trojano. She loved each and all. Deborah will also be missed but celebrated by many friends and workmates through the years which included Pat Sawyer, Kathy Zetes, Melissa Lariviere, and her lifelong friend Maureen Keene of Reading, who had introduced her to her future husband.

Her “Hello, hello, hello!” as she came home through the front door ten thousand times will be forever remembered.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to North Shore Medical Center or to a hospice or charity of one’s choice.

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