Sharon Rosati-Pizzadili

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Sharon was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Harry William Place and Josephine Rose Place. She grew up there with her older brother Rodney and cousin Mary Lou until her father died. When she was 12 her widowed mother moved with her and Rod to the San Fernando Valley in southern California.

When she was 21, Sharon moved to Portland, Oregon working for Blue Cross, then over the next several years moved back and forth between Portland and Southern California. She married Dale Gould and had three children: Teresa (1973), Vincent (1974), and Dawn (1977).

In 1979 Sharon moved to Boring, Oregon and worked for Fred Meyer. This is when she began to suffer significant health problems. Over the next several years she had one diagnosis and surgery after another as her health deteriorated.

In 1985 she moved with her family to Alaska and started Rose Secretarial Service. In 1997 she met the love of her life and soul mate, Dr. James J. Pizzadili. They enjoyed many happy years together. They continued living in Anchorage while her children grew up and moved to Wasilla and Oregon.

She had a lifelong passion for expressing herself through many styles of art, music, and dance. Everyone who knew her described her as a talented artist. Sharon had many successful art openings and guitar performances. She raised thousands of dollars for charity with her donated paintings.

Even as she struggled with her declining health, Sharon pursued her loves and passions with every ounce of her being. While nearly housebound, she kept a spotless home and still enjoyed painting, gardening, connecting with and supporting her family and friends, and mothering her beloved pets.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Dr. James J. Pizzadili; daughter Teresa Brown with her husband Frank Brown and grandchildren Geoffrey and Zachary; son Vincent Gould with his wife Timori and grandchildren Kaden and Kyler; daughter Dawn Ulvi with husband Elias Ulvi and grandchildren Gianna, Kaia, and baby girl-to-be; brother Rod Place and his wife Lisa, brother Giovanni Rosati, brother Marc Mills and his wife Vicki; her mother Josephine Jason; cousin Mary Lou Fisher; best friend of 40 years Traci Tonneslan, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2013