Sharon Shannon Obituary (1942 – 2021) – Dublin, Ohio, OH

Sharon Kaye Shannon, daughter of Walter Thomas “Shank” Shannon and Geraldine Elizabeth (Franklin) Shannon, died on June 21, 2021 of Alzheimer’s.

Born on May 4, 1942 in Hillsboro, Ohio, Sharon called Cincinnati home.

She attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University, studying English literature and earning her teaching credentials. She was a proud Kappa Kappa Gamma at both the Gamma Beta and Beta Rho Deuteron chapters.

Sharon is survived by her only child, Allison Shannon Veser, and her son-in-law, Brian J. Benner, as well as many cousins, including the Jenike cousins ​​on her father’s side: Jewel, Judy, Jan, Jody, Bill, her first cousin Joseph Shannon “Joe” Jenike, and all their partners and families. She was preceded in death by her grandparents by lei Joseph Edgar “J. Ed.” Shannon and Louella Jane Watts Shannon; John Calvin Franklin and Clara Effie Bevan Franklin; her parents of hers; her uncle Wendell Watts Shannon; her beloved Auntie and Uncle Bill (William Franklin Jenike and Martha Irene Shannon Jenike); and her first cousins ​​Thomas Edgar “Tom” Jenike and William “Bill” F. Jenike, Sr

Sharon did many things. Her first and favorite job was as a reservation agent for Delta Airlines. She taught high school English at Courter Tech, but was forced to quit once visibly pregnant, because: 1969. When Allison was young, Sharon volunteered for Wyoming Junior Women’s Club and WCET: Lunch with Santa and Action Auction! Sharon worked for Norma Sharkey’s travel agency in Dayton and an antiques shop, learning about both businesses. She taught English at St. Mark Catholic school and was a substitute teacher in Cincinnati. Embarrassing: Sharon subbed for Ms. Cindy Briggs in Allison’s 11th grade English class (“Thanatopsis,” in case you forgot). Finally, Sharon was a career bookseller, starting at the dearly missed Wyoming Book Shop, moving to Brentano’s in Kenwood Towne Center, and finally at Barnes and Noble in Newport, Hyde Park, and Kenwood. She loved mysteries and history (especially WWII) and garnered immense satisfaction pairing a customer with ‘The Right Book’.

Sharon faced many challenges. First and always, navigating difficult relationships with her parents her: Gerry, overly demanding and critical; Shank, quietly disappointing and neutral. Then, single parenting in Wyoming, Ohio in the 1970s, with resultant social ostracism, precarious finances, loneliness, and isolation. Sharon, like her mother di lei, managed a laundry list of health problems (and we express gratitude to the many health care providers through the decades, especially Dr. Logan). Sharon was married to and divorced from George Bardes Veser-another complicated relationship. Her father’s unexpected death di lei left a yawning void. Finally, when Sharon was finding her way di lei, her mother’s Alzheimer’s cruelly demanded complete and constant attention. Sharon moved from her cozy apartment to a condo with her mother di lei, for whom she was a caretaker for many years, while still working full time, until Gerry died in 2002. I’m not sure Sharon ever really had a chance.

Sadly, Sharon developed dementia, just like Gerry, and was moved to the Brookdale Muirfield facility in Dublin, OH, where Allison could be her caregiver. Brookdale, however, was anything but sad. We have undying respect and gratitude for the wonderful, amazing, cannot-be-praised-enough staff, past and present, at Brookdale who cared for Sharon, and made Brookdale a genuine home. The list of names would fill this page, but you know who you are. We especially and heartfeltly thank Dr. Donald Freidenberg for providing his medical expertise and care to Sharon, and education and emotional support for Allison. Thank you to the nurses, aides, and hands-on caregivers of Brookdale Hospice, who so gently and tirelessly saw my mother through her decline di lei, Covid, a fractured hip, a Kennedy ulcer, the inevitable and additional decline from Alzheimer’s, and her death of her. Everyone above, as well as another supporting cast, also took incredibly good care of Allison. Thank you.

Sharon derived pleasure from many pastimes, particularly books and the reading, buying, selling, discussing, and sharing thereof. Also: needlepoint, good food, music, fashion, T. S Eliot, local corn and tomatoes in season, PBS and British TV, waterskiing, travel, watching football and college basketball, New Mexico and its flavors you couldn’t get in Ohio back then, bridge, chocolate, MTV, swimming, animals, and, unfortunately, smoking. Sharon loved Allison and did her best di lei to be a good parent, even when it was tough. As an adult, Allison better grasps how challenging life was for Sharon, and appreciates everything her mother did for her, especially ballet classes with Miss Virginia Garrett, persevering with swim lessons (Allison did not like putting her face in the water), countless visits to the zoo (gibbons and white tigers), Aunt Polly’s and kindergarten, the Nutcracker at Music Hall, sticking it out in Wyoming for Allison’s education, finding another dance teacher (Bruce Stegmann, so patient), nursing endless ear infections, season passes to Kings Island and taking us all to concerts there, outings to the circus and all the ice skating shows, and unlimited books, pretzels, and stuffed animals.

If you’re so moved, perhaps donate where Sharon and / or her daughter would appreciate it: public television (especially WCET in Cincinnati), BLM, abortion rights, the UK Alzheimer’s Society and the US Alzheimer’s Association, the employee fund at Brookdale Muirfield , or plant a lilac bush (Sharon preferred white lilacs to purple).

Much appreciation to Schoedinger for all their kind help.

Published by Legacy Remembers on Aug. 29, 2022.

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