Sharon F. Cassidy
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Ms. Sharon F. Cassidy, affectionately known as "Crabby" by loved ones, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening. She bravely fought to recover from West Nile Virus since becoming ill in July 2012. Sharon's sunny demeanor and whimsical sense of humor (even in the face of her debilitating illness) were, and continue to be, an inspiration to those who knew and loved her.
Ms. Cassidy was born in Watseka, Illinois on July 8, 1946, and grew up in Kentland, Indiana. She graduated from A.J. Kent High School in 1964, and later from Indiana University's School of Nursing.
Sharon went on to a distinguished and diverse nursing career. She worked in numerous specialties, ranging from pediatrics to hospice. What made her remarkable in each of these stops was the kindness and enthusiasm she brought. Sharon devoted her life to helping ease the suffering of others, and her warm smile and genuine compassion made her memorable to the people she cared for. Her sensitive nature also extended to animals of all types.
Sharon spent most of her post-college years in Arizona and California, where she enjoyed running (including multiple marathons), hiking, watching live music, and traveling. After retiring, she moved back to West Lafayette to be closer to her family. More recently, Sharon's favorite pursuits included cooking, reading, gardening, cheering her grandchildren at their baseball and basketball games, and learning about her Irish ancestry.
Sharon is survived by her dear friend and companion, Harold "Gus" Augustus of West Lafayette; her son, Patrick (Sara) Toney of Madison, Wisconsin, and four grandchildren, Aidan, Zachary, Abigail, and Ryan; her brothers, John (Kathy) Cassidy and Tom Cassidy, both of Kentland; her sister, Colleen (Steve) Cohen of Kensington, Maryland; her nephew, Jay (Dinah) Cassidy of Weston, Connecticut, and their three children, Jack, Chloe, and Anya; and her four beloved pets, Detroit, Sister Mary Margret, Oster, and Stella. Sharon was preceded in death by her father, J.J. Cassidy, and mother, Betty Gilmore Cassidy, both of Kentland.
A wake will be held to celebrate Sharon's life in the Cassidy house at 408 North First Street, Kentland on Sunday, November 10, from 2 to 5pm (CST). Per her wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society or The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com <http://www.clapperfuneralservices.com/>
Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2013