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Dr. Sharon Jeannine Bolster


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Dr. Sharon Jeannine Bolster Obituary
Bolster, Dr. Sharon Jeannine
age 77, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away on March 11, 2016, at her home after braving a fierce fight with breast cancer. She was born on June 9, 1938, in La Crosse, Wisc., the daughter of Harold and Lavina Worman. She married Harlan Bolster on June 22, 1957, in a candlelight service at the Southwest Prairie Lutheran Church in Viroqua, Wisc. A natural born leader, Sharon lived her passion of helping others learn and grow as a teacher, principal, professor, consultant and business owner. Her drive to excel, her compassion to help, and her insatiable curiosity led her into education. Starting with teaching at Sunnyside School, Prairie View School and De Soto Grade School in the De Soto, Wisc. area, she then taught at De Soto High School. In 1971, she became the principal at Seneca District School and stayed on for nine years. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. in educational administration in 1981, she became a professor at the University of South Carolina. She also taught as a professor at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. She took her knowledge and skills to the Arizona Department of Education, and then went on to consult with various organizations and schools with the company she cofounded, Educational Cyberconnections, Inc. Finally, she developed and cofounded an online graduate school for teachers, now called Acacia University. She created curriculum and traveled internationally to Dubai, Egypt and China. A woman of intellect and thought, she was also a soul moved by music. Her earliest step into the musical world began as the church organist at De Soto Lutheran Church when she was 13, and she played for 31 years. She also played the piano and guitar, and sang soprano with the Sweet Adelines Choir and at weddings and funerals. Purple is the royal color for this calm woman of love and kindness, and a flower is her crest. Wherever we see purple or flowers, or even a striking shade of red lipstick, she will be remembered by all who love her. Whenever we hear "dear," "pumpkin," or "sunshine," we will remember the love she gave to us. Sharon is survived by her sweetheart husband of 58 years, Harlan Bolster, and three children; Perry (Laura) Bolster, Jeannine Adams, and Kristin (Van) Patterson. She is also survived by her beloved four grandchildren, Haley and Erik Bolster and Elle and Alexis Adams; her darling great-grandson, Cayden Stewart; her sister, Linda (Harold) Everson; her sister-in-law Iola Gentry; her Aunt Jean Fisher and her many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Sharon was preceded in death by her much loved parents. As Sharon said to others, she came from "generations of love" and she wanted to pass this love on to her family. The Celebration of Sharon's life will be held at De Soto Lutheran Church in De Soto, Wisc., on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. Contributions can be made to the in her memory.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 20, 2016
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