Sharon Kay Simonson Harruff, 74, Galveston, died Sunday morning, Oct. 15, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo.
She was born Aug. 11, 1943, in Clinton, Iowa to Einar N. Simonson and Wilma Paarmann Simonson. Sharon and Norm were united in marriage Oct. 25, 1986, in Logansport.
Sharon graduated from High School in 1961 in Grand Mound, Iowa and attended Clinton Junior College and Northern Iowa where she received her B.A. with a major in elementary education and a minor in history. Her first teaching job was fifth grade for 10 years in Clinton, Iowa.
In 1975 she moved to Indiana and after a few years received her M.S. from IUPUI. She also earned endorsements in reading and learning disabilities. In 1978 she moved to Logansport Community School Corp. at the elementary level and stayed until retirement. Toward the end of her teaching career, her job became a cross-categorical teacher serving special education students. She taught for 37 years. For the past 14 years she subbed for Southeastern School Corp., where she continued to sub until the end of the 2017 school year. She subbed through all four-plus years of her cancer and treatments.
Her professional activities included: NEA member since August 1965, Indiana State Teachers Association since August of 1975, member of dues and leadership conference; special ISTA taskforce committees; state Governance committee member, representative to ISTA representative assembly; Logansport Education Association member since 1975 serving as corresponding secretary, first and second vice president, building representative, coordinator of LEA's Gift Lift Program, and president; Howard-Cass-Carroll-Tipton Political Action committee since 1975 - servicing as co-chairperson and member; and district council member. Her Gamma Mu activities have included being first vice president, recording secretary, legislative and literacy co-chairperson, member of the legislation and personal growth committee and president. She served several positions in the Cass County Retired Teachers Association. Community activities include membership at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kokomo, volunteering for the Indiana Sports Corp., Samaritan Caregivers, and the Circle City Sons of Norway Club. Her hobbies include reading, golfing, gardening, cross-stitching and traveling.
Surviving are her loving husband, Norm; her children, Michael (Stephanie) of Indianapolis and Lisa (Todd) of Martinsville; sons, Brad (Marcie), Jeff (Terri), Rod (Sandi) and daughter Nikki; grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner, Jason, Trent, Cassidy, Eliza, Blaine, Ben and Brooke; great-grandchildren Brooklynn and Abbey; siblings, Marcine Simonson, Einar E. (Janet) Simonson and Dale (Norma) Simonson; her mother, Wilma Simonson of DeWitt, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Catherine Ann, her father, Einar N. Simonson, maternal and paternal grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Lutheran Church of our Redeemer, 705 Southway Blvd., Kokomo, with Pastor William Allison officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt, Iowa.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston has been entrusted with local arrangements. www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com
Published on October 17, 2017