Sharon M. Kerikas
1943 - 2020
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1943 ~ 2020
Sharon M. Kerikas, 77, of Salt Lake City, Utah, formerly of South Bend, Indiana, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2020. Sharon was born on January 14, 1943 to Edward J. and Mary A. (Babinski) Nawrocki. Both parents preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death are brothers, John E. Nawrocki and Thomas E. Nawrocki. Sharon is survived by her husband Emanuel J. (Mike) Kerikas, who she married on July 11, 1970. She is also survived by her niece, Julie A. Nawrocki and great-nephew, Joseph A. Gerencser of Henderson, Nevada; and nephews Edward and Stephen Nawrocki of South Bend, Indiana.
Sharon attended St. Mary's Academy, Ball State University, Northwestern University, where she met her husband Mike and received her Master's Degree. She then went on to spend over 40 years working for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind. She also worked at Gallaudet University, Beaufort County School District and Judge Memorial Catholic High School. Sharon had dedicated her life to helping children with special needs and was truly a wonderful and passionate teacher. In 2002 she received the Huntsman Education Award for outstanding teacher.
Sharon was a member of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City and Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, which named her Woman of the Year in 2018. Sharon was one of Notre Dame footballs biggest fans, and never missed a game. She also enjoyed traveling and gardening. Sharon will be truly missed by so many that knew and loved her.
A private family funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, Committal, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Funeral Directors, Neil O'Donnell Funeral Home.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 22, 2020.
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April 28, 2020
Our most sincere condolences to you. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. Having Sharon as a cousin was truly a plus. I will have to start sending those emails to: sharon.kerikas@heaven.com.
Suann & Ken Brenda Family
Family
April 26, 2020
Heaven has a new angel. I have always looked up to Sharon. What a privlidge to be her cousin. You were one lucky guy, Mike. Our deepest sympathy.
Cousin family
Family
April 26, 2020
My son, Michael Grant, was one of the many deaf students whose heart was touched and spirit mended through the love and care of a great teacher who will always remain in our hearts! Blessings on your new journey Mrs. Kerikas (Sharon)! With love and admiration - Diana Baker and Michael Grant
Michael Grant
April 25, 2020
I feel melancholy about what has happened in the last few months. My best friend, Angela, passed away last January. She and I were taught by Sharon when we were in preschool and elementary school together. She taught us well. The first time I volunteered to be a teacher's aide was in Sharon's class back in 1990, and that was when I knew I wanted to be a teacher for the deaf. She was thrilled that I graduated from Gallaudet University. I thanked her for teaching me how to be a great teacher. Sharon was proud of me for wanting to pursue my doctorate in New York City at Teacher College, Columbia University. I always felt she wanted me to be a great role model in the Deaf Education field. Thank you, Sharon. Now I have lost two important people, Sharon and Angela. You two can dance happily wherever you are now.
Glen Rudd
Friend
April 25, 2020
Sharon was my first grade teacher. She was an amazing teacher. Now I work for USBD I hope I can carry on her legacy.
Christina Meecham
April 25, 2020
She was my amazing teacher when I was younger I would used to sleep over etc. My heart is broken. I'll miss her....
Christie
Student
April 25, 2020
We were so sad to hear of Sharon's passing. She made such a huge impact in our family 's lives.
She worked with Cody for years and was truly an inspiration!
She will always be remembered in the hearts of the kids and their families.
With sincerest sympathy!


The Kaumans Family
April 25, 2020
Sharon was a devoted teacher. She taught my son for the first 6 years of his life and he loved her. She was also skilled in helping parents understand the complexity of Deaf education. My son stayed in contact with her until her death. I will remember her and keep her in my heart. ❤
Jan Frederickson
Friend
April 24, 2020
Sharon was a huge part of our lives. She was a wonderful teacher, tutor, and cheerleader of my son, Spencer Black, who loved her like a member of our family. She often sent him encouragement via Facebook as he started his fly fish guiding business. She was a wonderful, wonderful friend and teacher. She will be missed!!!
Ginny Echevarria
Student
April 24, 2020
I miss you Mrs kerkias she was my teacher.. I love her. She been good teached all many deaf students. She is in peace rest. ❤
Sylina Nelson
Student
April 24, 2020
I loved Sharon as my teacher and been keeping in touch as friend in long time til she hasnt been using FB . I had often wondered how she doing til a friend had let me know she had passed. I really appreciated her devotion into the Deaf Community by teaching and helping . My heartgoes out to the families of this beautiful woman! She sure had great life from what I read in the obituary! Go fly with the Angel's. Will meet you again. My Deepest Condolences to you all that knew this incredible Lady!
Holly Webb
Student
April 23, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you Mike for loosing such a wonderful life-long companion. I admired her courageous fight against cancer, her faith and dedicated ministry at St. Ambrose. Thank you Sharon for shining brightly among us.
Fr. Andrew
Andrzej Skrzypiec
April 23, 2020
I got to know Sharon when she and her class were housed at Wm. Penn Elementary, where I was the principal 1983-1988. Her classroom was right across the hall from the office, so I had ample opportunity to observe her teaching and wonderful interaction with her students. They were totally integrated into the life of the school, and it was pure pleasure to interact with them and with Sharon. She encouraged them to participate fully, and to be all they could be. Im sure many people have had better lives because of her example, her teaching, and her kind nature. She will be missed.
Marilyn Copeland
Coworker
April 21, 2020
We were truly saddened to hear the news about Sharon. She was my Godmother and never missed sending me a birthday card. We truly appreciated her kindness We will miss her dearly.
Sharyl family
Family
April 21, 2020
We are so sorry and sadden to hear of Sharon's passing. Sharon was a wonderful person and a great Aunt ,she will be deeply missed by us.
Edward and Stephen Nawrocki
April 21, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Sharon . You have our Deepest Sympathy!

Stan Nawrocki Family
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