Mileen McGee Schlenker, 90
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Fort Myers – Mileen McGee Schlenker was born and raised in Lynnfield. She married Paul M. Schlenker in 1951, also from Lynnfield. Together they owned and operated The Lynnfield Shoppers News, known now as The Peabody/Lynnfield Weekly News, from 1957 to 1978. They retired and moved to Marco Island, Florida in 1978 and purchased a home there. To escape the hot Florida summers, they also bought a home in New Hampshire.
Mileen and Paul were avid boaters and fishermen and would head to the open waters to relax from the busy life of the paper whenever possible. Their love of the water and fishing was the magnet that drew them to Florida. Once there, they found another passion-golf. Both great golfers, Mileen (handicap of 11) won the Club Championship at the Marriott’s Marco Island Resort and Golf Club in 1992. Being full of energy, she also played tennis. She had a thin athletic body and looked so cute in her white tennis skirt.
There was no doubt that Mileen graced this earth. Her pure devotion to Catholicism lived in her spirit every single day. I am sure she is one of God’s best works!! She loved her country passionately too. You could always tell when she was back in Florida because if she was, she proudly flew her American flag out on her lanai every day and later had a large sticker on her walker that read ” Proud to be an American.” She was raised by an active political mother, Mary O’Shea McGee, who fought for union rights and was a union organizer and leader before women were recognized as leaders. Her Uncle, George O’Shea and his son, George O’Shea Jr. served as state representatives from Lynn. Mileen’s brother, Thomas McGee, was speaker of the house from Massachusetts for 10 years and his son, Thomas McGee, currently serves as the mayor. She was also predeceased by her brother Frank McGee of Beverly, and Peggy Irwin of Lynn.
She had great whit, funny sayings, enthusiastic hellos to EVERYONE and a positive unwavering attitude. She didn’t believe In looking back. She believed in looking forward and lived that way. She was generous, kind, merciful, forgiving, happy and 100% Irish. She believed in laughter and prayer every day. She gave to those on the street asking for money. Upon hearing that they were not necessarily homeless or poor, she said that was not her judgement to make. She never complained. She felt that complaining about a bump in the road was disrespectful to God because of all the blessings he bestowed upon her. She was selfless and appreciated all she had. She yearned for nothing more than to remain happy and to spread it to others.
She leaves behind an idealism to follow and we pray that she will sprinkle it over us all. She is in the arms of her beloved Lord God, her family and her husband she has so longed to see. She has done her good work here in this world and rests in peace and love now.
She had no children but leaves behind nieces, nephews and so many thankful friends, neighbors and strangers whose lives she has touched.
Service Information: A small memorial service will be held in the Spring. Time and date announced later.