Sharon Rae Hibbard
Sharon Rae Hibbard, 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 11th at Parkview Health Manor surrounded by her loving family.
Born on March 22, 1934, she was the daughter of Gerald and Mary (Du Puis) Drew. Sharon was educated in Milwaukee and graduated from Messmer High School.
On July 9th, 1952 she married Tom Hibbard at St. Francis in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on October 19th, 1987.
Sharon lived by the motto that 'you have to believe to receive". She believed in the spirit of Santa Claus and in the inherent good in others. She loved being around other people and it was the belief in the potential of others that drew individuals to her while employed for 27 years at Cleo's in Appleton. In her time there, she touched generations of local residents and visitors to Appleton with her wit, knowledge, opinions, and that special glint in her eyes that helped to make Cleo's a destination.
She greatly enjoyed cooking and believed that any recipe without butter in it was a misprint. She loved the beauty of Wisconsin and spent many summer days dangling her feet in the healing waters of Anvil Lake. She never missed a Christmas Parade and was always happiest seeing children filled with the same sense of wonder and excitement she had. As grandchildren and later great-grandchildren began to appear, she found great joy in knitting special mementos for each of them. As her body began to fail, her mind never wavered. She lived, and loved life, to its fullest to the very end.
She is survived by her two sons - Thomas (Cheryl) Hibbard, Kenosha, WI; Jeffrey (Lisa Trembley) Hibbard, Appleton, WI; and two daughters - Carrie (Steve) Holden, Green Bay, WI; Laurie (Steve) Skotzke, Neenah, WI, and son-in-law David (Patty) Marcello, Brookfield, WI. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and countless friends.
Sharon was preceded in death by her Parents, her husband, her sister Patricia Chobot, her brother Jerry Drew, and three daughters - Linda Kay Hibbard, Patty Lynn Marcello, and Cindy Sue Arts
The family would like to extend special thanks to the Sosnoski brothers (Dean, Al, Carl, and Steve) for the innumerable kindnesses shown towards Sharon. These were greatly appreciated by Sharon and she considered the boys as a second family to her. The family would also like to acknowledge the special gift provided by Tom Mavroff and family.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at St. Mary Church, 312 S. State St., Appleton WI. Funeral Services with a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:00 PM. Interment will occur at Riverside Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Wichmann Funeral Homes
1592 Oneida St. Menasha, WI 54952
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17, 2014