Sharon Herman
1942 - 2020
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Our Mother, Sharon Herman, went to be with Dad on a beautiful Saturday morning at 8 a.m. She had no pain. Her breaths were lighter and lighter until she had left us for bluer skies. And Dad.
Mom's anniversary with Dad was on May 5. Just three days away. She would have plenty of time to get ready for their date in heaven. She had been waiting so long to see her John again, such a beautiful thing. She hadn't seen him in almost 20 years. We thought she would be here with us this year, too. To tell some stories. Most we had heard, some we had not. She wanted to be with him. We can see them together now, sharing a glass of wine, watching the sunset.
We'll always be looking up on May 5, Mom and Dad! And from Vegas. And Harding Lake.
Sharon was born on Jan. 26, 1942 to Frank and Gwen Day in Bellingham, Washington. In 1966 she went on an adventure to Alaska with her close friend Jean.
They ended up at Clear Sky Lodge during the time of the construction of the power line to Anchorage. Power linemen had set up camp around Clear Sky - and boy, that place was hopping! Johnny Herman from Nome set his sights on the "Outside" girl, she was always dressed sharp and looking classy. The courtship was quick, it was love at first sight. They were married right before the flood of 1967. They thought the wedding gifts would be safe at the power plant in Nenana, but even there, things got damaged. After the power line was built and John completed line school in Anchorage, they moved to Fairbanks and built a life. John had a successful electrical contracting company, Grasle Electric, Inc.
Sharon lived in Alaska for 54 years.
Family was the most important in her life. Three children, seven grandchildren, dogs, a happy home and a happy life. She gave us so much in personality and life lessons. She led by example, always quietly doing the right thing, and loudly having fun, after the work was done. Then it was time for fun. And love. She definitely showed us how to do that.
Sharon was a huge lover of all creatures. Her loyal partner Arne the springer spaniel will be lovingly cared for by all of her survivors.
Sharon is survived by three children, Victoria (Herman), Phillip Dowling and grandchild Olivia Dowling.
John K. (Jake) Herman, Jr., and grandchildren Ariel, Joseph, Johnny, and Alex Herman.
Rachael (Herman), Todd Timmons and grandchildren Gabrielle and Isabelle Timmons.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Gwen Day and husband, John K. Herman.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 5, 2020.
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5 entries
May 16, 2020
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
May 7, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sharon always had a smile and she certainly enjoyed life. We will all miss her.
Ellen Merick
May 6, 2020
To my darling Victoria and family. May your lifelong memories fill your hearts, and bring you peace in the absence of you loving Mom
ELLIE Sander
May 6, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the family of Sharon. I am one of the few who remember her from the old Clear Sky days when she worked there. Needless to say I was infatuated with her as there were not many girls around in those days and prided myself of getting a birthday cake baked for her by the Clear base baker when there was no other bakery and presented it to her at the Clear Sky then. I don't remember the exact year but had run into her a few times since and we would laugh about it and talk about the old days at Clear Sky and the good times. The last time I saw her was at Bruce Harden's memorial service [former owner of the Clear Sky Lodge] in June 2009 at the Anderson/Clear Lions Club and we relived old memories. She was a kind and loving person. I had known John very well also and miss them both. God Bless.
David Leavy
May 5, 2020
There was a period of time during my teens that Sharon was indeed a second mom to me. I'll always remember those times that you welcomed me into your home both on Baylor and at Harding Lake. What a great family! I'm so sorry for your loss my dear friends Rachel, Jake, and Victoria. I too remember the love that your mom and dad shared. What a treasure.
Bonnie Chase-Reherman
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