Mrs. Sharon Meenen 87 of Macy was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 11:02 PM on September 28, 2020, at her home.
On July 25, 1933, Sharon E. Gearhart was born in Huntington. She was a precious daughter of Frank Tib and Edna McPeak Gearhart. As one of 18 children, she shared her childhood with four sisters and eleven brothers. Sharon attended Akron Schools and graduated in 1952 from Akron High School. During her senior year she was a cheerleader for the Flyers. The Fulton-Miami County communities have been her home since age 5.
On March 21, 1953, Sharon and Ben Fleck were married. Their union produced three daughters and two sons. After many years they divorced.
With an intense love of our Lord, Sharon was a member of the Akron Church of God for many years. For nearly two decades, she worked at Chamberlains of Akron. To provide for her family, during this time Sharon multi-tasked to the max. In addition to Chamberlains, she cleaned the church and often assisted some of her favorite teaching friends with their domestic necessities like custom ironing.
In Indianapolis on July 24, 1976. Sharon and Howard “Bud” Meenen were married. They shared 17 years together. During these years Sharon was a member of the custodial team at Tippecanoe Valley High School, adding the touch of sparkle and shine. Following her retirement from the Valley in 1991, Sharon and Bud enjoyed traveling to the scenic locations out west and the southern states.
With a servant's heart, Sharon was always available to help anyone in need. Whether it was raking the yard of Velma or other older friends or making hot steaming meals for the elderly, Sharon was there to help others days run smoothly. She enjoyed the hobby of growing rose bushes in vibrant colors to add to the beauty of the landscape of her home.
Inspiring her family and friends with a strong work ethic and a legacy of true unconditional love, Grandma Sharon was so very proud to oversee four generations. An amazing cook and baker, her chicken and noodles were the best! Grandma Sharon loved the family memories made at the holidays and special celebrations, tucking them away in her heart.
Left to cherish Sharon's memory are three daughters, Deborah Bridges of Cary, NC, Cheryl McCullough of Akron, Linda Kamp and husband Frank of Akron, son Steve Fleck of Macy; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Alger of North Manchester, Ruth Miller of North Manchester, Joan Harris of Fulton, two brothers, Larry Gearhart and wife Donna of Fulton, Roger Gearhart and wife Janet of Akron, numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Sharon in death are her parents Frank and Edna Gearhart, husband Bud Meenen, July 12, 1993, beloved son Tim Fleck on June 12, 2012, two infant sisters, a sister Opal Gearhart, the nine Gearhart brothers, Leonard, Donald, Leo, Ray, Floyd, Max, Harold, Bill, Dick.
A celebration of Sharon's life was private. Chaplain Todd Wilson officiated. Burial followed in the family plot at the Akron Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her memory to Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Riley Hospital Fund, 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580 or the Riley Children's Hospital or Riley Children's Hospital 30 South Meridian St. Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509. The Good Family Funeral Home is assisting Sharon's family. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com