Sharon was raised on a farm 8 miles south of Anita, and was baptized at the Church of Christ in Anita. She then attended country school thru the 3rd grade. She was the 8th child in a family of 6 boys and 4 girls. Her mother came from an even larger family of 12. She was a housewife until the last child was born, and then became a nurse aide at the Anita Nursing Home. She also cleaned houses and took in laundry. Sharon’s father farmed and then worked several jobs after farming. From age 13 she spent every summer in Omaha babysitting for nieces & nephews. While in school she participated in FHA, basketball, was a majorette for the marching band. She was also in Declam, where they acted things out. She was on the Annual and Spy (weekly newspaper) staff.
Her husband, Roger, passed away in March, 2015 from cancer. They met in school, teaming up as biology lab partners. He would get her lab book every day, but never spoke to her, except to say “hi.” The last day of their sophomore year he asked her to go to a movie, and the rest is history. Roger graduated from Atlantic and Sharon from Anita. Prior to their marriage, Sharon’s working career took her to a subcontracting company in Omaha. After seeing an ad for a dental assistant with no experience needed, she applied. The dentist wanted to do his own training so she got the job that day. Meanwhile Roger worked for Omaha Steel as a welder.
They were married in 1968 at First Lutheran, Wiota, and later began attending Zion. That same year Sharon started working for the hospital as a switchboard operator and worked her way up to Accounts Payable Clerk and then to Payroll Supervisor. She retired in 2011. Roger worked for Camblin Plumbing and Heating for 14 years and then started at the hospital in 1982, where he worked for 33 years until his passing in 2015, about the time he had planned to retire. He was head of maintenance for 26 years.
They have 2 children. Daughter, Angie, along with her husband John Kay, farm north of town. They have 2 sons and a daughter. Their son Matt is the Network Administrator for Audubon-Manning Veterinarian Clinic in Audubon. He has one daughter from his first marriage. He and his significant other for 15 years, Jayme Farver, live on an acreage in Wiota. Jayme has two sons.
Sharon’s favorite pastime is spending time with family. She enjoys trying new recipes, rummaging thru antique stores and going on garden walks. She also enjoys reading. She has done some traveling with her family and hopes to do some more. Sharon volunteers at the Food Pantry and, at Zion, attends the Sunday afternoon Bible Class and belongs to the Joy circle. We wish her and her family God’s blessing in her retirement years.