Sheila Julia (Hanley) Cardinal, of Ridgefield, wife of the late James Cardinal, died on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Bethel Health Care in Bethel, CT.

Sheila was born in New York, NY on December 14, 1933, a daughter of the late James and Anna (Collins) Hanley. She graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in 1952 and attended Hunter College.

Her first job was with Milliken & Co in New York. She  subsequently worked for many years with Cleveland E. Van Wert Real Estate in Scarsdale, NY before founding her own firm, Sheila Cardinal Real Estate in 1984.

She lived for several years with her family in London, England.

Sheila was an avid player of bridge and enjoyed her regular group at Founder’s Hall in Ridgefield. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish and was devoted to her husband and to her children.

Her husband of 56 years, James Cardinal, died in 2012.

She is survived by her sister, Sally (Hanley) McGrath of Madison, NJ and her three children, Roger Cardinal of New York, NY, Valerie Cardinal Fry of Columbus, Ohio, and Kenneth Cardinal of Ridgefield, CT.

Calling hours will be at Higgins Funeral Home in New City, NY on Wednesday, January 8 from 4-8 pm.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:30 am at St Anthony’s Parish Church in Nanuet, NY with burial to follow.