ROBERTS – The family of Sharon Rose (Roetzel) Grant, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is saddened to announce her passing on Friday (September 3, 2021) at the age of 82, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Sharon was born to Harold and Rose (Janssen) Roetzel on March 10, 1939, in their rural home in Roberts. From an early age, she excelled in her educational efforts. Sharon graduated from Roberts-Thawville High School in 1957. She received a Bachelor of Education with Honors from Southern Illinois University in 1961 and later a Master of Science from the University of Illinois. Her exceptional career in teaching and administration culminated with 34 years (1974-2008) in the Milwaukee Public School System, where she served in central office as Special Education and Services Administrator to students across town. The lives of thousands of students and parents have been influenced by her. She was dedicated to her career and received great recognition as an exceptional educator who was always ready to make the tough decisions.
His life was rich with many interests apart from his career. Sharon was an avid gardener, and visitors to her historic Milwaukee home were treated to visual delight as she walked among the hollyhocks, phlox, lemon balm, roses and other varieties in her garden. In the Roberts family home, she carefully looked after the peonies as well as the fruit trees that came from her grandparents’ orchard in Buckley. Art and antiques graced her Milwaukee home, where she loved to entertain and cook delicious meals for friends and family. She rarely missed a performance by the Milwaukee Florentine Opera Company and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Her travels have taken her to many countries including China, Egypt, Greece, Spain, Russia, Germany and South Africa. She also visited many American national parks, hiking to the scenic views she loved. Since retiring in 2008, Sharon has attended the First Ladies Luncheon in Washington, DC every year with her sisters, Karen and Betty Jo, relishing their time together in the nation’s capital. And her trips to Roberts’ family home for reunions with her extended family and childhood friends were a special part of the fabric of her life.
Sharon’s love for educational, cultural and travel activities was surpassed only by her love for her family and animals. Some of her beloved cats and constant companions throughout her life were George, Olaf, Antje and Ben, in addition to the many feral cats she has raised. The countless hours of joy they brought him were some of the fondest memories of his life.
Sharon was a life member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and a member of the American Association of University Women. She was also a member and staunch supporter of The Nature Conservancy, Humane Society, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Best Friends Animal Society, and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) . It’s safe to say that she never met any of God’s four-legged creatures she didn’t like.
She is survived by her sister Karen Ferraiolo (Lee Wleklinski) of Des Plaines; sister Betty Jo Poshard (Glenn) of Murphysboro; nephew Frank Ferraiolo (Alayne) of Des Plaines; nephew Dennis Poshard (Ashley) of Carbondale; niece, Kristen Lech-Poshard (Tom) of Carterville; uncle, Bill Janssen of Ault, Colorado; great-nieces and grand-nephews, Ava, Frankie Layne, Anthony, Harrison, Sterling, Stuart, America, Madeline, Tucker, Lydia, Nevaeh and Noah; and his special cousins, extended family and friends.
She was predeceased by her mother, Roslyn Irene Roetzel; father, Harold John Roetzel; brother-in-law, Dr Frank Ferraiolo; niece, Andrea (Ferraiolo) Steffens; and nephew, Jeffrey Steffens.
Sharon will be sadly missed by her family and by the many friends she has made throughout her life.
Visitations will be on Saturday, September 11 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 307 W. Weldon St., Roberts, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by a funeral at 2:30 p.m. and interment in the township cemetery. by Lyman. . Baier family funeral services, Paxton, help the family make the arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made on behalf of Sharon Grant to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 86, Roberts, IL 60962; or the animal organization of the donor’s choice. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at baierfuneralservices.com.