Kondrat: Sharon (nee King)
Yesterday afternoon, surrounded by loved ones after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, our mom Sharon finally was freed to go and reunite with her childhood sweetheart and lifelong soulmate Stanley and her youngest son Michael who had predeceased her.
The last several years have been really hard on Sharon and all of us. Over time her memory and faculties had slowly been taken away leaving us with a physical reminder of the tremendous lady that she was for… Read More » all those years as a loving wife, friend and mother. And what a spectacular lady she was I must say! Towering over all of us at a proud 5’ 1½” tall she would laugh that she was small but mighty. That little joke sums up a lot about Sharon, her laugh was strong and infectious and she would always brighten a room whenever she entered. There was something special about her that caused her to spark instant friendships that would last a lifetime.
Growing up in Waterdown to a loving family she really embraced life and lived it to the fullest. She will be happy to see her mother Silvia and father Cecil again and will be mourned by her brothers Bob (Anne) and Doug. Whether attending a school dance with friends, riding her horse Chico or working at the old Weeks’ hardware store on Mill Street she added a measure of joy to people’s lives as she met them each passing day.
When she met her husband Stanley, her life’s calling truly became fulfilled and she blossomed as a wife and then mother. Sharon loved being a mother, a role she was born into and cherished. In fact, her capacity to love was so great that besides her own biological children she went on to foster and adopt children into our family as well. She was blessed to have mothered Gerard (Norma), Joseph (Nancy), Michael (deceased) (Lisa), Mary-Jo (Darryl), Stephanie (Stephen), Charlene, Elizabeth, and Chyanne.
Special mention needs to be said for her dearest friend Sandy Cummins, who she met while newly married in Waterdown and remained close to until the day she finally passed away. Even though time and distance had physically separated them over the years, theirs was a special friendship that was alive each day. As her memory started to fade, we would often reminisce about her going out shopping with Sandy to find something stylish and most often pink (her favorite colour). Then, as time went on and travel became more difficult Sandy and Ken still continued to visit despite the miles between them to share a laugh and a smile and I know she and Sandy continued to have many adventures in her dreams over these past few years as she convalesced at St. joseph’s Villa.
It also needs to be said that Sharon’s love really took root in her children, none stronger than was witnessed through the devotion of her daughter Mary-Jo. While Mary-Jo was her first born daughter, she was actually the fourth to be born. Sharon was beyond ecstatic at finally having a little girl to dote on and dote she did, dressing her up and teaching her to be a lady. Throughout her life they remained close, and particularly over the past decade as the terrible disease robbed Sharon of her memories and so much more, Mary-Jo remained the rock that helped maintain her dignity and quality of life. She would visit Mom religiously week in and week out at the Villa, even and especially during the really tough times over the last year after Dad passed, leaving her the torch to carry on. Well done Mom in raising us, and well done and thank you Mary-Jo for being such a selfless and devoted sister and daughter.
Which leaves us to the next chapter in the story. As most of you reading will know, Sharon’s husband Stanley, our dad, passed away a little less than a year ago. Theirs was a love that spanned the decades between youthful innocence and optimism in the full life that lay ahead of them up until their dying breaths; holding each other one last time, no words needing to be said, a lifetime of love and accomplishment between them. I like to think that Stan, the loving guy that he was, went ahead to set the table for Sharon, stoke the fire in the woodstove and pour the tea so everything would be just right when she arrives. My brother Mike will be there too, guitar in hand ready with a laugh and melody. A happy reunion both for them and for all of us left here to reminisce in the days and years to come.
Friends may visit with the family at KITCHING, STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 79 Freelton Rd., Freelton on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. Interment in the churchyard cemetery. Reception will follow in Marian Hall.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Sharon Kondrat 2019..
Décès pour la Ville:Waterdown, Province: Ontario