Tuesday, November 2, 2021
To Sharon’s Family and Friends: Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. This is a sad time for you and I am sorry for that.
Sharon and I grew up living on adjoining dairy farms in Jasper. We were the same age and in the same classes in school. Sharon’s father, Forrest Leach, and my father, Myron Leach, were brothers. Also living nearby on farms were our Uncle Bob and Aunt Margaret, our fathers’ siblings. We had a lot of cousins and we often got together as children for play, walks, ballgames, swimming in the Brutsman "crick", and other things (after the farm work was done, of course).
My first "big" memory of Sharon is being with her in the upstairs bedroom she shared with her sisters. Probably in 1953. She showed me a small plastic View Master that, when you clicked it, showed revolving pictures of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. I was very impressed with that "highly technological" device!
My greatest hope is that Sharon is now with her late mother, Orisa, with whom she was very close and also her brother, Bill, and other family members.
Sharon and I have kept regular contact over the years, although I moved far away from NY. I will miss Sharon’s newsy annual Christmas letter and occasional phone call and in-person visit with her as adults. I never met Sharon’s children, Dean, Greg and Kim, but she mentioned them frequently. She also always updated me with news of her sisters, Janice, Sheila and Charlotte, with whom she was very close. I loved Sharon and will miss her.
1) Sharon in 1961 at age 15 in the front lawn of her home on the "Leach Hill" farm in Jasper. She was probably heading to the barn to milk cows...
2) Cousins Sharon, JoAnn (Payne) VanFleet, and me, Carol (Leach) Carpenter, in 2013 at our 50th high school class reunion. The event was held at the lovely home of Melody (Wheaton) Manley and her husband, Bob, in the Jasper area. Melody really put a lot of work into the reunion and her classmates certainly appreciated that. We sure had a good time! This is the last time I saw Sharon.