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Shiela Mirafuentes Wehr

October 10, 1977 - March 25, 2018

Shiela Espulgar Mirafuentes was born 10 October 1977 to her parents Maximo and Merla Mirafuentes in the city of Lamba, South Cotabato on the Philippine island of Mindanao.  Her father Maximo was a pastor and his work took Shiela and the family to many places around the southern island: Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat, Banga and Tupi, South Cotabato, and Zambonga City.  As a pastor’s daughter she trained in works of ministry with her brother Maximo Jr. and learned to care for and help others.  Through her travels she learned four dialects of the Philippine islands; Ilonggo, Cebuano, Tagalog, Ilocano and English.  In 1998, Shiela graduated from Notre Dame of Marbel University, South Cotabato.  She was the first to graduate with a Bachelors in Computer Science from that University.  After College she stayed on as one of the teaching staff for two years until she decided to leave her beloved Island in search of adventure.  In 2000, she moved to the small island country of Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf, and sought her adventure there.  Despite the harsh cultural environment for foreign women, Shiela thrived in that country.  She obtained a well-paying job in foreign immigration, gaining the respect of her Arab bosses, and began leading the women’s ministry in the Bahrain Christian Church.  In 2007, Shiela met her husband Matt, and after a year she immigrated to the United States to live in Virginia Beach, VA and was married on 22 November 2008.  In March of 2010, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Alexander Maximo Wehr and in March of 2012 she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Riley Joy Wehr.  Shortly after, Matt was swept away on a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan during which she learned what a real Navy wife must endure.  A single mom of two facing lonely nights with house and car troubles, she tackled each challenge with grace.  When Matt made Chief, she was his Anchor during the induction.  In 2014, Shiela moved with the family to Guam and enjoyed the island life for two years until she was diagnosed with a grave illness, Cardiac Amyloidosis type AL… and was given a year to live.  The family returned to Virginia Beach from Guam to fight the disease.  Shiela was gifted with innumerable family memories because of the skilled staff of medical professionals at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  On 25 March 2018, after celebrating the birthday of her children, Shiela passed on to her new and perfect life with Jesus.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Service Information

Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

Time: 9:00 am

Hampton Roads Church

1132 Pickett Road

Norfolk, VA 23502

757-971-1001

with Pastor Edward Anton officiating


Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

Location:

Rosewood Memorial Park

631 N Witchduck Rd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462


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