Adam Patrick Shea

March 19, 1989 ~ March 4, 2020 (age 30)


Adam P. Shea, age 30, passed away on March 4, 2020, after a long battle with mental illness. He was born on March 19, 1989, son of Dennis and Carolyn (Nelson) Shea. He graduated from Kimberly High School with the class of 2006. He particularly enjoyed his French classes and his classmates would describe him as highly intelligent, a deep thinker and an adept writer.

In his earlier years, Adam enjoyed camping with his family as well as the family trips up north to Trego, where he found great pleasure fishing on the pontoon boat, swimming at the sand bar, sitting on the dock and playing cards in the gazebo. Adam was an exceptional cook, an avid reader and a dedicated runner. He enjoyed listening to Indie Rock music and traveling. He took trips to Turkey and Greece, and most recently had the chance to visit Sweden with his AA friends. Adam loved to play cribbage with his friends and won a tournament trophy that he treasured.

A major accomplishment in Adam’s life was when he reached 10 months of sobriety last year through the steps of the AA program. He made many relationships through the program that he truly cherished.

Adam is survived by his parents, Dennis and Carolyn Shea; a brother, Andy Shea; a sister, Kaitlin Shea; and his beloved family dog, Sophie. Further survived by aunts and uncles; Donna (Craig) Roesler, Tom (Sue) Shea, Bud (Jenny) Shea, Peggy (Bill) Strange; Greg (Nancy) Nelson, Lisa (Tom) Nelson-Beard, Mary Nelson. He is also survived by his cousins; Dave (Zoe) Roesler, Laura (Peter) Hofsteen, Heather (Gregory) McManis, Sam Shea, Molly Shea, Charlie Strange, Anna Strange, Maddy Strange; Colin Paape and Megan Nelson. Additionally, he is survived by his grandmother Shirley’s husband, Leo Verbrigghe.

Adam was preceded in death by his grandparents Richard Nelson, Shirley (Nelson) Verbrigghe, Raymond and Lois Shea.

A time of gathering for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home KAUKAUNA LOCATION, 2401 Fieldcrest Drive. A time to share memories will take place at 6:00 p.m. For online condolences, please visit

The Shea family would like to thank Peter, Adam’s sponsor through AA, and his many friends in the program that helped him through many difficult times.

Any memorials will be donated to Dewey Treatment Center Alumni House Scholarship Fund which provides assistance to recovering addicts.



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March 10, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Verkuilen - Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home - Kaukauna
2401 Fieldcrest Drive
Kaukauna, Wisconsin 54130

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