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Brownfield, Sharon Lynne

July 22, 1954 - June 4, 2014

Sharon Lynne Brownfield, née VanRosendale, passed away last week after a 3-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Known by most in Sarasota as "Brownie", she had 20 loved ones with her bedside through her last night. Her incredible kindness, acute sense of humor, and love of simple everyday life made her one of our community's most beloved women. Sharon was born in Gary, IN to parents Ernest and Theresa (VanderMeer) VanRosendale in 1954. She graduated from Merrillville H.S. in 1972, where she was a cheerleader for 6 years and captain of the school's inaugural swim team. She continued her education at Indiana University, earning a degree in 1976.

Sharon and high-school sweetheart Steve Brownfield were married on September 10th, 1977 and relocated to Sarasota shortly thereafter. She then embarked on a 35 year journey of multiple positions in both the hospitality industry and the youth coaching arena. She enjoyed working at Steak & Ale, Merlin's, Ophelia's, the Lido Beach Resort and most recently, the Gator Club. Sharon was also co-owner/operator of the very popular Oasis Restaurant for much of the 80's. During the 90's and 00's, "Coach Sharon" was an integral member of the staff for the nationally acclaimed Sarasota Sharks swim family, and head coach at Venice H.S. for eight years. Her personal passions included time at the beach, swimming in the Gulf, gardening, her dogs, cooking, and every minute spent with her kids.

In addition to Grandpa Van and Groovy Granny, Sharon was pre deceased by eldest sister Glenda Harding. Surviving family members include husband Steve, son Cory David(Jax Beach), daughter Carly Jean(Sarasota), brother Perry VanRosendale(wife Debbie) of Valparaiso, IN, sister Nancy(husband Lance) of Hebron, IN, and brother-in-law Gary Harding of Lowell, IN. Also missing Sharon will be many, many nieces and nephews.

To honor the joy Sharon brought to all who knew her, there will be a memorial beach walk and service Tuesday, June 17th. Those wishing to participate are asked to arrive at Siesta Key public beach by 9AM. Details can be found on Carly Brownfield's Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, those able are encouraged to make donations, no matter the size, to the Jimmy V Foundation in Sharon' s name.

Published in Herald Tribune from June 13 to June 14, 2014
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