KOTTBAUER, Sharon Louise
July 3, 1934 - September 16, 2013
With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Sharon. A dear friend said to me that she was a classy lady. Mom had a great laugh and a deep love of her family. She had a special gift for taking care of those around her. Sharon was affectionately known as "Guy" by her granddaughter Rachel Lynn and by Jenny, her daughter. This nickname was given to Sharon by Rachel Lynn. After visiting her grandparents so often, Baby Rachel heard us say "see you guys later" so often, she was positive that mom's name was Guy! Sharon used her new name with pride. She is predeceased by the other "Guy" , her husband Siegfried Kottbauer. Sharon was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta where she grew up with her sister Joan and her brother John. She was lovingly raised by her parents Evelyn and Thomas Allen Burwash. Sharon graduated in nursing from the University of Alberta. She later pursued a thirty year career in Public Health Nursing at the North Shore Health Department. Mom had many fond memories of lunches with the retired nurses group and deeply cherished those friendships. In retirement Sharon was an engaged and active grandmother to Rachel Lynn. She was the first family member to welcome Baby R into the world. Sharon was positive Rachel looked right at her in the delivery room and winked! Sharon taught Rachel Lynn to love books as much as she did. Mom also shared many hours with Rachel baking, playing cards, and making crafts. Mom was the first person to introduce Rachel Lynn to the legendary ladies lunch! Sharon so loved having lunch with friends and family. Sharon was an avid reader, prolific knitter of sweaters, and loved watching golf on TV. She gave generously of her time to friends and family. Mom will always be remembered for her famous roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinners. We are very grateful for the love and support of our dear friends Jacquie and Gordon, Bette Rumble, the Ladies Bridge Club, family and friends. We are very thankful to Dr. Nancy Crossen and Paulette who were amazing advocates for Sharon. Sharon dearly loved her pug, Nova and cat, Rose. Donations to the SPCA and Paws for Hope Animal Foundation would mean a lot to her.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 27, 2013