September 18, 1952 - December 19, 2017

Services are private.

Memorial Contributions

Memorial contributions may be made to:


Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR, 72202;


Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL, 60022;


or WFMT Radio, 5400 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL, 60625.


Sheila M. Burden, age 65, longtime resident of Evanston, died December 19, 2017.  Retired Training Manager and Educational Volunteer in various organizations.  Graduate, Loyola University, with Master’s Degree in Education.  Loved sailing; her dog, Doolin; and many previous pet dogs.  Beloved wife / partner of 40 years of Claudia McCarthy;  loving sister of Sharon andContinue Reading

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Ruth Ban left a message on September 20, 2019:
I remember Sheila from our undergraduate degree when we roomed together and from our time together in Phila as VISTA volunteers. I have been thinking of Sheila and I would like to express my condolences to her wife.
Randy Green left a message on December 22, 2017:
So many wonderful memories of "SB": Our Architectural Tour of Chicago, just weeks ago..... Sailing Lake Michigan with Captain Sheila and watching the Air and Water Show from her sailboat...evenings at the theater with Sheila and CM...the BBQ when CM shared the wonderful news of their marriage...quiet breakfasts in K-Town...the wonderful conversations Sheila and my daughter shared...Her intelligence, warmth, sense of humor, and love of life will leave a bit of a vacuum for all of us who knew her. Claudia, I hope somehow our years of friendship can help you cope with your loss.
Randy left a message on December 22, 2017:
So many wonderful memories: Sailing with Captain Sheila, watching the air and water show from her boat; picking cheeses at a small store in K-Town; the night CM told us they were married; the long conversations she enjoyed with Jillian....nights at the opera...the theater...our tour of Chicago (and Sheila often knew more than I did !!) So vibrant...full of life...and fun...and love... Claudia, I can only hope and pray that somehow all of years of friendship will allow me to provide some comfort for you.
Pat Hertel left a message on December 22, 2017:
I'm glad we had the chance to have that lunch at Café Brauer last summer ... a beautiful day in a beautiful setting, and a chance to hang out with Sheila, who I didn't see that often. We talked about some of her many travels. Condolences to Claudia and the family.
Haben Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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