Published in the August 18, 2017 edition

Gaile-McShane-obit_webOSTERVILLE — Gaile Marie Dingle McShane of Osterville passed away peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital on Tuesday, August 15.

Gaile was born on September 24, 1946 while her father was serving in the U.S. Navy. Gaile graduated from Wakefield High School with honors and was voted most popular by her classmates. She graduated from Merrimack College in 1968.

Following college, Gaile worked for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in Okinawa, Japan as a Human Resource Specialist.

In June of 1968, she married her beloved husband Sgt. John J. McShane, USMC, in Okinawa Japan.

In 1970, she worked as a foster mother for eight children while John was completing his M.S. and M.Ed. degrees at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Springfield College, Springfield, respectively.

In 1975, Gaile and John made an attempt to sail around the world from Boston in the 30 foot Priscilla Sloop but ran out of money in Falmouth.

In 1977, she received her R.N. degree from Cape Cod Community College. She then worked as a Nurse Program Director at Latham School in Brewster while John was teaching and coaching hockey at Dennis-Yarmouth High School.

In 1980, she and John celebrated the birth of their son Sean McShane. They were also involved in running their construction company McShane Construction where Gaile had an integral role. She and John saw Sean through Barnstable High School, Tabor Academy, and then Roanoke College.

Gaile was also very involved in the high school hockey program at Dennis-Yarmouth High School where she was voted Team Mom. Gaile loved sailboat racing, cruising, skiing, fishing, and traveling with her family.

Gaile is survived by her loving husband of 49 years John J. McShane of Osterville, her son Sean McShane and his wife Nicole McShane of Salem, and her sister Carole Dingle of Malden.

Visiting hours will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 20, at John Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, MA. 

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Mosswood Cemetery, Putnam Ave., Cotuit.

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