Celebrating the life of

Anne Sheehan Blanco

July 24, 1943 - August 08, 2022

Anne Sheehan Blanco

Please click here to view the Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Anne Blanco. The livestream will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022. 

SAVANNAH – Anne Sheehan Blanco passed away August 8, 2022, at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren after a short battle with cancer.  She was born to Joseph and Valerie Sheehan on July 24, 1943 in Savannah, Georgia.  She attended Blessed Sacrament School (‘57) and St. Vincent’s Academy (‘61) where she served as that school’s first president of the student council.  She received an Associate in Arts Degree from Armstrong College of Savannah in 1963 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in 1965.    

In addition to being devoted to her family, whom she served at every stage of life,  Anne was a teacher.  She taught in the inaugural year of Head Start in Savannah and at Heard Elementary School in the late 60s.  She then taught fourth grade at St. James Catholic School in the 80s and 90s.  She took great joy in nurturing each of her students and watching them grow and develop.    After she retired from teaching, she became a residential real estate agent.  Her primary mission in retirement was being a grandmother.  Having been named after the grandmother of Jesus, she cherished her role in the lives of each of her ten grandchildren.  She travelled to all ten of her grandchildren’s births and remained a huge part of their lives.  She focused on ensuring she had a unique relationship with each of them and that they knew that they were loved.  They knew and they adored her.

Anne was a member of St. James Catholic Church until moving to Tybee Island where she joined St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  She served many roles in both parishes including director of the parish school of religion at St. James and president of the parish council at St. Michael’s.  In recognition and appreciation for her outstanding contribution to the life and work of the Catholic Church in South Georgia, she received the Bishop Gartland Service Award in November 2017.

She is survived by her daughter Maria, Maria’s husband Lawrence Katz, their children Joseph, Lawson and Timothy of Birmingham, AL; son Joseph, his wife Lisa Read Blanco, their children David, Jeb and Read Elizabeth of Atlanta, GA; daughter Angela, Angela’s husband Jeffrey Mandel, their children Carmen and Anne of Savannah; son Timothy, his wife Alisa Henning Blanco and their children Finn and Everett of Savannah.  She is also survived by her sister, Sr. Lourdes Sheehan, RSM of Savannah, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Mock Sheehan of Savannah, niece Elizabeth Hamrick, nephew Thomas Sheehan, Jr., and niece Lollie Niemeyer and their spouses and children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years Odilo Blanco, her parents, Joseph D. and Valerie Sheehan, her infant daughter Theresa Anne Blanco and her brother Thomas J. Sheehan, Sr. 

The visitation will be from 4-7 PM Friday, August 12, 2022 at Fox & Weeks funeral home on Hodgson Memorial Drive with a vigil service beginning at 6:00 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  A private burial will be at the Catholic Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Raymond S. Blanco, Jr., James C. Hamrick, Sr., James C. Hamrick, Jr., Timothy P. Mahoney, David E. Miller, Gregory P. Miller, Chris J. Miller, Kurt A. Niemeyer, Brendan T. Sheehan, Eamon S. Sheehan, Kevin L. Sheehan, Leo K. Sheehan, Timothy Sheehan, Thomas J. Sheehan, Jr., and Thomas J. Sheehan, III. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church (802 Lovell Ave Tybee Island, GA 31328), St. Vincent’s Academy (207 East Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401) or Alabama Hands & Voices (P.O. Box 130627 Birmingham, AL 35213). 



Sending love to each of you Blanco, Katz, Mandel family. Anne and Odilo sure did produce a stellar crew for this world. I hope they are enjoying a peaceful rest and relishing a job well done. You all should feel confident about the way that you honor them with your service to all who come in contact with you.

- Kristy Mayfield, Athens, GA

My condolences to the family of Anne. Such a charming southern lady, who always smiling. May she RIP.

- Kathleen Kenney Brown, Savannah , GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blanco family. Mrs.Blanco was a true lady. She was kind and loving to everyone. She was able to see the good in all of her students and they responded to her love. We wish we could be there to show our love and support. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

- Anne and James Byerly, Kansas City, Missouri

I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady. What a legacy she has left for us all!

- Carla Greenspan, Ballston Spa, NY


- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

Maria, Joseph, Angela & Tim: What a wonderful legacy your parents have left. I don’t know that I have met two finer people than your mom and dad…and they produced some pretty terrific children, too! Anne was always a joy to be around - kind, funny, smart and warm. She will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her. I am sure that she is enjoying being reunited with her Heavenly Father and loved ones. I am sorry that we can’t be there for the service but please know we will be thinking of, and praying for, you all. May the Lord bless you and keep you, cause His kind face to shine upon you and grant you His rest. Love, Mary Ann, Lonn & Reese

- Mary Ann (Lynn) Larson, Leesburg, VA

I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful and loving mom and grandma. Sending love and hugs to you all.

- Amy B Rosen, Harwich Port, MA

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- Amy B Rosen, Harwich Port, MA

Rest In Peace Anne.

- Jane Patricia Harte, Savannah, Georgia

Anne was our son’s teacher at SJS. She was an educational support to the students and parents alike. There was true interest and genuine connection in every meeting with Anne long after her students had moved on in life. May Christ’s light shine upon her and strengthen her family.

- Veva Harty Shuman, Savannah , GA

Joseph, Maria, Angela, and Tim, So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was a great person and raised four fine children. Please know that my prayers are with you during this time. From experience, it will get better so always remember the happy memories. Love to you all. Leo

- Leo Story, Richmond Hill, ga

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- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

She was a kind and gentle person. May her and Odilo Rest In Peace

- Schroders , Tybee Island , Ga

We are so sorry to hear of Anne's passing. She was a wonderful, kind and loving person who was always so welcoming to our family when we came to her house. We were always struck by her joyful personality and warmth. The world has lost a bright light and Heaven has gained an Angel. We know she is with her husband Odilo in Heaven. We send our prayers and sympathy to her wonderful family.

- Kearns Family, Savannah, GA

To the Blanco & Sheehan Families, The smile says it all. My three children attended SJS. They loved Mrs. Blanco because she was caring, loving, and always met them with that smile. All children love to be loved and she loved them all!! May she be granted eternal rest. Love to all, Vicki McCuen & Family

- Victoria Mell McCuen, Savannah, GA

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Our deepest condolences to the family

- GiGi Geronimo, Taguig, Metro Manila Philippines

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Condolences to the bereaved family. May she rest in peace.

- Jun Berioso, Paranaque, Metro Manila Philippines

May the Blanco and Sheehan families find comfort in friends and family during this difficult time, and strength in loving memories of Anne. Prayers from the Philippines.

- Roel Camorro, Iloilo, Philippines

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May the Blanco and Sheehan families find comfort in friends and family during this difficult time, and strength in loving memories of Anne.

- Roel Camorro, Iloilo, Philippines

Our deepest condolences to the family. I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May her soul rest in peace. God Bless.

- Dennis Tatunay, Metro Manila, Philippines

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May the Lord bring comfort to you family in this difficult time. God Bless

- Dennis Tatunay, Metro Manila, Philippines

From the entire GBSC Training Team, we wish to extend our condolences to the entire family. We will continue to include her and everyone in the family in our prayers. May her soul rest in peace.

- Rowena Ann M. Garcia, Iloilo City, Philippines

Deepest condolences to her family.

- Gato Habana, Taguig, Philipipnes

Your mother was an amazing woman. I loved having her as my 4th Grade teacher and getting to know her better as the mom of my friends. My thoughts and prayers are with your families.

- Micah Valbuena, Savannah, GA

My prayers are with all of Anne's family. Anne was a very special friend to me during my years at St. Michael Church as the Parish Office Manager; Odilo as well. She and I continued to talk, email and text since I moved away. She has always had a very special place in my heart. Sending love to all of you.

- Mary Chapin Grieshaber and Dom Grieshaber, Metairie, LA

So very sorry for your loss. I know God will be a comfort to each of you. Tim, your dedication to the community is a beautiful legacy and tribute to your beautiful mother.

- Mary Barbee Cantrell , Savannah , GA

We the staff of love and honesty had the pleasure of taking care of this sweet lady until the very end heaven has gained an angel .You will be truely misses.

- Kellie S Pinkston, Savannah, GA

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family at this sad time. May her memory be eternal. With my deepest sympathy, Irene Miltiades Purdy

- Irene Miltiades Purdy, Richmond, Virginia

A most gracious, vivacious, thoughtful appropriate lady. I am so sorry. She always made people feel welcome. She was the consummate lady with delightful smiles and warmth. How sad I am that she passed away. My condolences to her family and friends.

- Doris Greenberg, Savannah , GA

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Sending condolences to the family.Ms Anne was a very sweet lady. Always Greeted me with that beautiful smile and always told me how much she appreciated me For taking care of Carmen&Anne. Other grandchildren also she will be Miss take your rest Ms.Anne.❤️Sharon

- Sharon williams , Savannah , Ga

Sending my Family's condolence to you and the Blanco Family. May her soul rest-in-peace. God Bless.

- Teddy Ruiz, Jr., Manila, Philippines

Sending my Family's condolence to you and the Blanco Family. May her soul rest-in-peace. God Bless.

- Teddy Ruiz, Jr., Manila, Philippines

Anne was my friend and client for over 25 years . She was a joy every time she came to get her hair done . She celebrated happy times and helped me through sad times . I will miss her so very much . I am blessed to be able to make her more beautiful one last time . My love and prayers to the family !!

- Shelley Myrick, Savannah, GA

We knew the Blanco family for many wonderful years with special memories ! Blessings

- Diane and Spence , Dacula , Ga

Condolences and deepest sympathy to the Blanco and Sheehan family. Sending prayers for strength to endure the days ahead for nothing can replace the comfort a Mother gives just by being. May she rest in eternal peace.

- Karen Crane, Lawrenceville, GA

Praying for comfort and peace for the Blanco family.

- Louise and Steve Scott, Alpharetta, GA

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My deepest condolences to the family.

- Floyd Sibayan, Iloilo City, Philippines

Thinking of your family at this difficult time. Your beautiful mother was the epitome of class and charm. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Sending prayers and love.

- The Kellis Family, Alpharetta, GA

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Anne’s family. I know that she is at peace. I will not be able to attend her services as I have been exposed to Covid. Please let Sr. Lourdes ow how sorry I am for her loss of Anne.

- Mary Anne Butler, Tybee Island, GA

What a beautiful lady she was. She loved her students as her own. Two of our daughters were fortunate to have her as a teacher at St. James Catholic School. Rest easy Anne in the arms of Jesus ♥️ Richard, Anita Morgan and family

- Richard &Anita Morgan , Savannah , Ga.

Joseph, Tim, et al My most vivid memory of your Mom is her, my little brother Steve and me (age 10-11?) trying to run barefoot across the hot tar of Butler Ave. and the sticker-patch of the old Tybee RR bed to get a soda at Mike Hosti’s Tybee Mkt.! It took “a real man” and she was one of “the boys” of my Tybee Summers growing up; just like Isaac, the vegetable man. We remembered those days many years later at a dinner with Herbie O’K., Kay and your Mom and Dad at the new Booker Tybee House. My sincerest condolences to you and all; She was quite The Lady; even if she was One of The Boys. Randy Booker, Sr. Tybee

- Randy Booker, Sr., Tybee Island, GA

Joseph…Thinking of you and your family in prayer…✝️

- Charles Jones - SVdP and CTK, Atlanta, Georgia

I am so sorry for your loss.

- Barrie Wilson, Birmingham , AL

Our Love, Peace and Prayers go to all that Ms. Blanco loved so dearly. May the comfort of beautiful memories remind you how special she was to so many, Patrick and I included.

- Patrick and Mary Alice NeSmith, Brookhaven, GA

I was so very sorry to hear of Anne's death. She was a good friend from our early teenage years. I fondly remember times as a young girl being with Anne and her family, going to Church on a Sunday morning and then to Gottlieb's Bakery or to Johnny Harris on a Friday night for fried chicken. Odilo couldn't have been a better match for Anne. She loved him dearly. They were a very happy couple and raised a beautiful family together. I am truly sorry for your loss. She will be missed by so many.

- Mary McKenzie, Charleston, SC

so very sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. we are in Alaska and can not be there. Prayers for your family

- Dianne Cornwell Bob Cornwell, Rincon, Georgia

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss of your Mother. She was an amazing woman and raised an amazing family.

- Candace and Lonnie Bott, Springfield, GA

Deepest sympathy to the Blanco family on your sad loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Carolyn Emerick


May Anne rest in peace with her beloved Odilo. To all of the children and grandchildren: There are few people I have met in my lifetime that I respect as much as Anne and Odilo. Odilo gave me my first job and I worked with him for the first 6 years of my 25 with Savannah Sugar. Anne asked me when we met how I liked working with Odilo. I told her it was hard to understand what he was saying sometimes. She laughed and said most people thought so. Anne was such a kind, gracious and authentic lady. She loved her Lord, her Family and her Church. God bless the Family. I know He blessed Anne.

- McCorkle, Savannah, GA

Hello Angela, sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Michael Groover told me yesterday. She is in that better place of heaven with Odilo. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Fred Howell

- Fred Howell, Brunswick, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A private burial will be held