Sharon Smallshaw Appelman, 50, of Lexington, Massachusetts, died March 29, 2012 after a courageous three-year battle with ALS. Sharon grew up in Middletown, Connecticut graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School. She received bachelors and masters degrees from Boston College, the latter in severe special education. Sharon earned a second masters degree from Lesley College in education administration, finishing that degree just days before giving birth to twins. She worked professionally as a teacher and program director at Massachusetts Hospital School, New England Pediatric Care, and Greater Lawrence Education Collaborative. Sharon transitioned careers to raise her three wonderful boys and dedicated herself to them. Before moving to Lexington, Sharon lived with her husband and sons in communities throughout the United States, making friendships and contributions in Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Exeter, New Hampshire; Longmont, Colorado; and Potomac, Maryland. She volunteered on numerous committees throughout the communities in which she lived but most relished her time working with the teachers at Hastings Elementary and Diamond Middle School in Lexington. Sharon was a wonderful friend to the wide range of people she brought together for parties, shopping, and sharing of spirit. She continued her teaching to the very end as everyone she touched will be eternally grateful for the lessons she shared. Sharon is survived by her husband, Wade Cornick Appelman, and their three sons, Christopher, Brian, and Brendan, whom she loved greatly and who will always love her. She is the loving daughter of Barbara and Earl Smallshaw of Middletown, CT; and sister of Susan Still of West Kingston, Rhode Island; Sally Taiman of Willington, Connecticut; Steven Smallshaw of Lynchburg, Virginia; and Scott Smallshaw of Clinton, Connecticut. She is also the niece of Auntie Carolyn Bauer of Haddam, Connecticut. She is the cherished aunt of 15 nieces and nephews who reside in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia, New York, and Illinois. A celebration of Sharons life will occur at Hancock Church, 1912 Mass Avenue, Lexington, on Saturday April 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM. A private family burial will occur in Middletown CT. A memorial fund has been established in Sharons name. Donations can be sent in her honor to Sharon Appelman Memorial Fund, Hancock Church, 1912 Mass Avenue, Lexington, Massachusetts 02421.
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 3 to Apr. 10, 2012