Obituary for Mary Sheila O’Connor Lang of Southern Pines

Mary Sheila O’Connor Lang, age 92 of Southern Pines, NC passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at St. Joseph of the Pines.

Sheila was born on June 14, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Charles Vincent O’Connor and Mary Emma LeStrange O’Connor. She retired from the Civil Service in 1993 after 20 years of service.  She was a proud military wife and lived in many states throughout her late husband’s military service.  Sheila was a wonderful mother to 9 beautiful children and was involved in many of their activities growing up to include, Girl Scout Leader, attending swim meets and attending various sports.  After her retirement in 1993, she enjoyed her home on the golf course in Caswell Beach where she spent many days enjoying the ocean and the peace that it brought to her.  She was actively involved in “Sea Turtle Watch” during nesting season and supervised nests and monitored them for activity. This hobby led her to a love of all things turtles which was reflected in her collection of turtle jewelry and décor. While living at the beach, she enjoyed searching for sand dollars along with her grandchildren and riding her beach bike. Her grandchildren were her pride and she enjoyed having them with her as much as she could. In 2014, Sheila moved to Southern Pines, NC to be close to family.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and was devoted in her Catholic faith.  She attended St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Southern Pines, NC.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Col. Vincent W. Lang, and her son, Vincent W. Lang, Jr. She is survived by her children: Mary Carol Mathis (Kit) of Washington; Suzanna Louise Moberly (Ret. Col. Robert L.) of Virginia; Kathleen Turkoski (Ret. CW5 USArmy, Steve) of Alabama; Michael Vincent Lang (Laura) of North Carolina; Thomas H. Lang, Ret. USN CAPT., of South Carolina; Walter John Lang of Georgia; Virginia E. Hammill (Albert) of North Carolina; and Matthew J. Lang, ITC, USN Ret. (Marie) of North Carolina. She is also survived by 9 granddaughters, 7 grandsons, 6 great-grandsons, 3 great-granddaughters, 3 great-great grandsons and 1 great-great granddaughter; and 3 brothers: Hugh O’Connor, Col. USArmy Ret. (Jacqueline) of North Carolina; Paul O’Connor, Col. USAF Ret.  (Marilyn) of Arizona and David O’Connor, Lt. Col., Ret. USArmy of North Carolina.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Southport, NC.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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