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Sheila G. Rackley

Sheila passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 6, 2020 in Plainwell.

She was born September 10, 1964 in Allegan the daughter of Howard and Pricilla (Oisten) Pegg. Sheila was a 1982 Allegan High School graduate. For 11 years she had been a rural mail carrier for the Plainwell Post Office. Sheila loved animals especially her dogs. Most of all she loved spending time with and taking care of her family.

On July 21, 1984 in Allegan she married Jeffrey Rackley who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Tyler, Ashley and Tom Rackley all of Martin; mother, Pricilla Overstreet of Allegan; siblings, Terry Pegg of Allegan and Pam Pegg of Kalamazoo; mother-in-law, Lillian Rackley and many extend family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and step-father, Bruce Overstreet.

Cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Sheila’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with celebrant Mary Ann DeVries officiating.

Contributions in memory of Sheila may be made to the

Allegan County Animal Shelter


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Sheila Baughman

January 9, 2020 at 2:42 pm

My heart goes out to you all. And I’m praying for you dearly I went to school with Sheila . She was a Sweet heart of a young lady. My Sister Linda was married to her brother Terry for years (linda) .


Julie (Dan) Andrus

January 9, 2020 at 3:07 pm

Ashley, I am so sorry for you and your families loss. Sending prayers that you and your family find comfort among each other during this difficult time.


Julie Taylor

January 9, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Prayers and Thoughts for the family and postal workers ❤ Sheila was my mail carrier and always so friendly. May she R.I.P


Linda Benavides

January 9, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Jeff you are all in my thoughts and prayers.. I hope you all can make it threw this hard time In your lives and keep Sheila in your hearts forever.

Linda Baughman Pegg Benavides


Carolyn Jordan

January 9, 2020 at 6:12 pm

Jeff & family, My heart goes out to you during this tremendously sad time. There are no words that can take away the pain, the sorrow & the shock of losing someone whom you deeply loved. Know that many grieve with you. May God wrap you in His loving arms.


Janis Rice

January 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm

So very sorry to her family for their loss. May you find peace.


Kelly Gray

January 9, 2020 at 6:22 pm

Jeff & family, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.


Bryon Swynenberg

January 9, 2020 at 6:45 pm

Jeff and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Praying for God’s peace.


Lynne Boss Fahrne

January 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm

Jeff and family, I’m so sorry this tragedy happened. I feel your pain and heartache. Always in my prayers as well as your family members. God bless you with peace, love, comfort and guidance. Hugs and love


Michael Chase

January 9, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Jeff and family

I’m sorry for the passing of your wife. My thoughts and prayers for your family at this difficult time.


Sheila (McEntyre) Ritsema

January 9, 2020 at 7:44 pm

So so sorry for your lost. I have so many memories of our childhood. And all the good times. Thought about her many times over the years.


Brian Arehart

January 9, 2020 at 8:13 pm


Very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife.


Cindy Ritchie Boulter

January 9, 2020 at 8:44 pm


Sending prayers and condolences for your loss.


Sherri Vassau

January 9, 2020 at 9:53 pm

To the family of Sheila, Dear heavenly father I ask that you hold this family close to you during this time of confusion and shock and heartache. I pray you guide this family and help them find some sort of peace. I pray that you guide them and answer their thoughts as to why?, and help comfort them through their tears and grief. In Jesus name Amen I will miss my mail lady who had made a point to come to my door and talk for a moment. She had a heart of gold knowing I had bad days. She did not hesitate and went out of her way to make sure I got my mail. God Bless Her and her family. She will be missed and was a great humanitarian to society. My heart felt like it dropped when I heard of this. Rest in peace Sheila. You are now an angel.


Phyllis, Dwight

January 9, 2020 at 11:17 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. I don’t think I know you, but I am from Plainwell. Our condolences and empathy,. May, God keep her memory alive in the heart and soul. Of those who loved her God bless and hold you close.


Patti Hamilton

January 9, 2020 at 11:54 pm


Sending my sincere thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Patti Webster Hamilton


Lyons Post Office 48851

January 10, 2020 at 8:57 am

Our deepest condolences to the family.



January 10, 2020 at 1:16 pm

Sheila was my neice I remenber her smiles and Im sorry for your loss! She was very young when I last had contact with her family


Lindsey Pawlowski

January 10, 2020 at 1:27 pm

I worked with Sheila at Plainwell Pines Nursing home over 20 years ago. I always loved working with her. She loved her family and was just a great person. So sad she passed. Hugs and prayers to her family.


Katie Zeinstra

January 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Sheila was wonderful person. I’m heart is full of sadness, but greatful I had the chance to know her. She talked about all of you often, I am going to miss listening to her stories. Prayers for all of your family.


Country Meadows

January 10, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Country Meadows Mobile Home Park The Laughter, Sharing Worries, Helping each other…The visits at the mailbox’s and of course the mail brought to your door when you couldn’t get to it for days…Will always remember the laughter and a few antics and many conversations at the mailbox’s…a ray of sunshine in our hearts.


Salina Tracy

January 10, 2020 at 4:40 pm

I worked with Sheila at the nursing home back in 2002. She was a very special person. My condolences to her family.


Heather - rc 48446

January 10, 2020 at 6:48 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to her family and her work family.


Denbigh Post office 23602

January 10, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Condolences to Sheila’s family and friends. May you find peace during these difficult times.


Sherry Snyder

January 10, 2020 at 8:50 pm

Words can not remove the pain of losing a loved but knowing people are there to support you is important. Jeff and family I pray for God’s love to surround you ever so intensely to help you move forward. Sheila had a sweet heart and a great personality. So many loved her and she will forever be missed. So sorry for your loss


Stacia & Carl Dortch

January 10, 2020 at 10:13 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you enter the difficult journey of grief. May you find comfort in your memories and may God grant you a peace that only He can give. God bless your family and all who loved her and are mourning.


Kathy Knobloch

January 10, 2020 at 10:44 pm

Sorry for tour loss blessed be


The Beaverton Post Office 48612

January 11, 2020 at 1:16 am

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts are with Sheila’s family, friends and co workers


Ruth Hindbaugh Grevenstuk

January 11, 2020 at 11:08 am

Jeff and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. Sending prayers for you and your family.


Sherry Baughman Harrison

January 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

Jeff – Pricilla Terry -Pam & family members So sorry for your loss may you find peace within all the great times you had with her . She was a sweet gal .


Ron Tipken

January 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

Jeff and Tyler I. Am so sorry for your loss


Rose & Larry Hayes

January 11, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Jeff and family we are so sorry to hear of your loss.


Ellen spencer

January 11, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Our Condolences to Family and Friends USPS 490


Perry post office

January 11, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Deepest condolences!


Anne Goodrich

January 11, 2020 at 4:51 pm

I worked with Sheila many years ago at Allegan Printing, and whenever I’d think of her it was always fondly, remembering her warmth and kindness, and all the talking and laughter we shared. It was a blessing to have known her, even for a short while in my life. It’s tragic that she is gone so soon, and I send my heartfelt condolences to her husband and children, along with my love and prayers. God bless you all.


Jennie Gee-Storie

January 11, 2020 at 6:18 pm

My deepest condolences to Sheila’s family, friends, and co-workers. May her memory be kept alive through your conversations and love for one another.

Jennie Gee-Storie,

Retired Postmaster Marcellus


Denise Trepagnier

January 11, 2020 at 10:03 pm

My condolences to her family. I do not know her but I am a retired Postmaster from Chalmette, Louisiana. It is difficult for the Postal family as well as her immediate family to experience a loss such as this. Praying for her family.


Anita (Strong) Martucio

January 11, 2020 at 11:58 pm

Jeff and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. May Gods love and peace support you through this difficult time.

Anita Martucio


Penny Dennany

January 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Jeff and family, praying for all of you during this difficult time. Our hearts are breaking at the post office. We miss her tremendously! There are no words in a tragedy like this, but just know that we are praying for God to comfort and heal your broken hearts.



January 12, 2020 at 8:56 am

My deepest sympathies from a fellow rural carrier from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Terry Shook

January 12, 2020 at 10:11 am

I don’t Remember where or when I met Sheila. I just know that she was one of those people who was a friend from the get go. Had the pleasure of working with her at the Fly Inn Restaraunt. Loved her family so. I will miss her. Prayers to Jeff, Tyler,Ashley & Tom. Also to her mother who I met while working while working at Subway.


Melissa Martin

January 12, 2020 at 10:58 am

Jeff and family,

I’m so sorry for your loss. You probably don’t know me but I worked with Bill Rackley and Bruce Overstreet at Marshall Plastic Film. May God comfort you at this time of loss. Missy Martin


Tammy and Mike DeBruyne

January 12, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Our condolences to Shelia’s family and Postal family.


Jane Mena

January 12, 2020 at 7:58 pm

Prayers and love sent to the whole family


April Holly

January 12, 2020 at 7:59 pm

My prayers are with you Jeff,Tyler,Ashley and Tom. Sheila was an amazing woman her laugh would fill the post office daily. I would always know when she arrived to work because I could hear her voice as she was walking to the door to come in. She will be missed so very much. God bless


Peggy Bourdo

January 12, 2020 at 8:08 pm

She was a sweet mail lady. She is going to be dearly missed. Ashley you and your family are in our prayers.



January 12, 2020 at 8:51 pm

Smiles and kindness, talking some worries or fears, sometimes the laughing so hard there were tears. But like the beautiful butterfly moving on around the lane, a beautiful memory will always remain.


Pam Stenger

January 12, 2020 at 10:50 pm

Sending condolences and deepest sympathies to family and friends of Sheila. May she Rest In Peace and her memory live on.

Pam Stenger

Postal Clerk



Melissa m Edminister

January 13, 2020 at 12:42 pm

She was the sweetest person in the world. She always had a smile and we just loved her. It was so nice of her friend to tell me she loved us too last week. My kids and I will miss her



January 13, 2020 at 1:35 pm

My thoughts and prayers goes out to her family in this difficult time. Sheila was my mail lady for a short time and she was always so sweet and kind every time I talked with her at my mail box she will be greatly missed by all. May you all find some kind of peace in this tragic loss and may God watch over her family and friends!


Carole Singer POOM 5

January 13, 2020 at 3:18 pm

I would like to give my condolences to the family of Shelia. I never knew her but as a postal worker she was part of a huge family who felt her death to the core. I send you prayers, thoughts and strength to help you make it through this tough time.


MaryEllen Dandrow

January 13, 2020 at 3:29 pm

We all at the Wayland/Hopkins, MI post office are heart broken for your loss. Though we didn’t personally know Sheila, she is still a sister to us in our postal family. Thoughts and continued prayers to the family, friends, and coworkers


Terri McLaughlin

January 13, 2020 at 6:56 pm

Ashley, my thoughts and prayers for you and your family! Your mom was a sweetheart and will be missed dearly. You were like a second daughter and if there is anything I can do please reach out to me… you sweetheart!



January 14, 2020 at 6:14 am

As a rural mail carrier myself my heart breaks for your family’s loss. Please know that you our in my prayers and thoughts. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around you, and hold you close and give you comfort.


Addie VanDreumel

January 14, 2020 at 7:44 am

I did not know Sheila, but I am also a postal worker and just wanted to offer my condolences and prayers to her family. It is clear from the comments here that she was very loved. I am so sorry for your loss.


Theresa (Niedzielski) Whitney

January 14, 2020 at 8:30 am

Jeff and Family,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Sheila. When a loved ones passes, it’s never easy. Especially when it is unexpected. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Lean on God and others to get you through this. Sheila will be with you always, in your heart and right beside you. Our family is only a phone call away.


~Bill and Janice Thompson

January 14, 2020 at 9:09 am

… Prayers and our deepest condolences to Sheila’s Family. May our Lord God hold all of you in his loving arms during this extremely difficult time. We have much respect for rural mail carriers. They are so kind and caring …


Sherry and Ken Schumaker (Aunt Sherry)

January 14, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Sending our heartfelt sympathies to the entire family, but especially to Tommy who I knew. May you be enveloped in her love and the memories that you will always hold in your heart.


Jonathan Nesky

January 14, 2020 at 4:02 pm

My most sincere thoughts are with the family and friends of Sheila.

Such a tragic end of life to what sounds like a great person, who made everyone around her happy.

As a fellow postal employee, when I heard this news, my heart hurt.

I am so sorry for the loss you have suffered.

Life is far too short, and yes, it always the good ones who pay the price.

Always cherish the memories you have and take them with you everywhere you go.

You know, Sheila will always be watching over you, still taking care of you


White Cloud Post Office 49349

January 15, 2020 at 9:07 am

Our Prayers and condolences to the family and friends


Lake Leelanau MPO 49653

January 15, 2020 at 11:52 am

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts are with Sheila’s family, friends and co workers


Portage Post Office

January 15, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Deepest Sympathies and Condolences



January 16, 2020 at 12:36 am

So sorry for your loss. May the Lord’s love, peace and strength be with you.


Fred and Laura Torres

January 16, 2020 at 7:25 am

Jeff, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Our hearts are broken. Shelia was not only a great carrier but a wonderful person as well. Our office is a darker place without her smile to brighten it up. We miss her everyday.


Debra Danai

January 17, 2020 at 12:04 pm

Our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace are offered to you during this difficult time, Please know that all of the postal family here at the Niles Post Office is keeping you lifted up.


Steve & Ann Pegg

January 17, 2020 at 12:30 pm

In this sorrowful time, we would like to extend to you our heartfelt condolences. May our Lord comfort you and your family during this time.


Anne Kirby

January 18, 2020 at 9:35 pm

To Sheila’s family,

I retired from her post office six years ago, and she often subbed for me. Her smile, cheerfulness, willingness to help, positive attitude and friendship were some of her great qualities. I know the coworkers are suffering and empty. We lost a sub at work several years ago when he had a heart attack on premise and was not revived. The workers had such hard days in his absence. My prayers are for you. I am tremendously saddened for all of you.


Lynn, Dale,Georgia, Dale jr Washburn Dan Teresa Owens, Trudy Henderson

January 19, 2020 at 9:41 am

I’m so very sorry for your loss sheila she will be miss a lot she was so very nice. Praying for you all


Cheri and Tom Lanphear

January 19, 2020 at 2:11 pm

Dear Jeff and Family,

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.


Barbara " Hatten" Meints

January 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm

My sincerest sympathy to Jeff and the kids. Sheila you left this life way too soon but we had some fun times while you were here. Jeff hold onto those wonderful memories you have of your lives together.


West Blocton Post Office -Alabama

January 26, 2020 at 11:02 pm

Our deepest sympathy to Sheila’s family, friends and coworkers.


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