Sharon (Stroup) Sheldon, age 71, formerly of Gettysburg, SD, Iowa City, IA and Cornucopia, WI, died in Tucson, AZ at Peppi’s House, an inpatient hospice unit at Tucson Medical Center on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Oct. 22 in Gettysburg, SD at 10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, followed by a reception.
Sharon was born to Calvin (Ted) and Maxine (Kolschefski) Stroup on July 22, 1941 in Torrington, WY.
Sharon graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1959. She had post high school education earning an Associates of Arts degree as well as becoming a Certified Public Secretary. She held memberships in the Gettysburg Jaycettes, Order of the Eastern Star, and was a Girl Scout leader. She also instructed ballet and drill team students in the Gettysburg area.
Sharon enjoyed hunting pheasants with the Gross, Oberlitner, and Sheldon families with her beloved German short hair pointer, Kate. Additionally, she was an avid sailor, gardener, and cross country skier. She also enjoyed dancing, T’ai Chi, sewing, quilting, and working in local volunteer community programs such as hospice and Chautauqua events.
Sharon married Daniel Sheldon on June 28, 1959 in Aberdeen, SD and shortly thereafter, moved back to Gettysburg, SD where they resided until 1970 when they moved to Iowa City, IA. Upon retirement, Dan and Sharon relocated to Cornucopia, WI on the shores of Lake Superior to continue her love of sailing.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends. A special thank you to Sharon’s brother-in-law Bill and sister-in-law Thea for their loving support.
Sharon is survived by Daniel, her husband of 54 years; her four children, Kim of Iowa City, IA, Kari (Randy) Rundle of Mount Vernon, IA, Kristi (Tom) of Harpers Ferry, IA, and Kip (Jerri) of Iowa City, IA. Sharon is also survived by her sister Pamela, half-brothers Calvin, David, and Dean Stroup. She is survived by five grandchildren, Joshua (Anna), Jeremy, Jessica, Sarah; and Hannah. Sharon had three great-grandchildren; Renae, Jack, and Wyatt.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial may be made in Sharon’s honor to Peppi’s Hospice House at 2715 N. Wyatt Drive, Tucson, AZ 85712.