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Sharon Kay Simonson Harruff

August 11, 1943 ~ October 15, 2017 (age 74)

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Graveside Service
October 19, 2017

2:00 PM
Elmwood Cemetery

DeWitt, Iowa 52742

Sharon Kay Simonson Harruff, 74, of Galveston, Indiana, formerly of Grand Mound, Iowa, died Sunday morning, October 15, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital, Kokomo, Indiana. 

She was born August 11, 1943, in Clinton to Einar N. and Wilma (Paarmann) Simonson. Sharon graduated from Grand Mound High School in 1961 and attended Clinton Junior College and the University of Northern Iowa where she received her BA with a major in elementary education and a minor in history.  Her first teaching job was 5th grade for 10 years in Clinton.

In 1975 she moved to Indiana and after a few years received her MS from IUPUI.  She also earned endorsements in reading and learning disabilities.  In 1978 she moved to Logansport 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 Corporation, where she continued to sub until the end of the 2017 school year.  She subbed through all 4 + years of her cancer and treatments.  Sharon was united in marriage October 25th, 1986 in Logansport, Indiana.

Her professional activities included NEA member since August of 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, 1st and 2nd vice president, bldg. 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 Co. Retired Teachers Assoc.  Community activities include membership at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kokomo, volunteering for the Indiana Sports Corporation, 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, Indiana; 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 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.

Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Murray-Weaver Funeral Home, Galveston and one hour prior to the Funeral Service at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Kokomo.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the church with the Rev. William Allison officiating.  A Graveside Service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017, with the Rev. Steve Anderson officiating.  Burial will follow. 

Condolences may be expressed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com,

Schultz Funeral Home, Grand Mound is assisting the family locally.


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