John F. Slater Funeral Home
4201 Brownsville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
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Lifelong Pittsburgh resident and entrepreneur, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the age of 63 after a long illness. Along with her sisters, Bonnie and Noreen, Sharon owned and operated McGinnis Sisters Specialty Food Stores and garnered multiple accolades for her entrepreneurship and innovation, including the Carlow University Women of Spirit Award (1998) and the CCAC Legendary Alumni Award (2009). Sharon received her Associate of Arts degree from CCAC before continuing her business education at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, and Robert Morris University. Sharon was a member of the CCAC Educational Foundation Board, the Economic Development South Board, the Women's Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania, and the Women's Chefs Association. Sharon's family was the great joy of her life, and she especially enjoyed playing golf and skiing with her husband, children, and grandchildren at Hidden Valley. She also loved taking her grandchildren to the Whitehall Public Library, where she instilled in them a passion for reading. Sharon is survived by her devoted husband of 43 years, Walter; as well as her four children, Patrick, Max (Lauren), Eric, Ashley; and five loving grandchildren. She is also survived by seven siblings, Daniel McGinnis (Deanne), Lynn Miller (William), John McGinnis (Cynthia), Bonnie Vello (Remo), Patrick McGinnis (Mary), Norma McGinnis (Joan), Noreen Campbell (Gary); and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Elwood and Rosella McGinnis. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 29th in St. Mary of the Mount Church, 403 Grandview Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15211. The family will greet guests in the vestibule prior to mass. Arrangements handled by the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Whitehall Public Library Children's Department (100 Borough Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236), www.whitehallpubliclibrary.org http://www.whitehallpubliclibrary.org/>. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sept. 16 to Sept. 27, 2018
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