The purse was stolen during a sneak-in burglary in Longley last night.
In a Facebook post, the Sheffield North East Neighbourhood Police Team said officers were ‘disgusted’ at the theft.
The post reads: “Please check on your vulnerable neighbours whether they be old or young.
“Tonight (Monday) we have attended a sneak-in burglary in the Longley area where a purse has been stolen.
“Money is replaceable. What isn’t replaceable is the photograph from within that purse of her and her late husband, which she’s carried for a number of years. “To the person who has stolen from this vulnerable lady - shame on you.”