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Sharon Dawn Ruhanen

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Sharon Dawn Ruhanen

Ithaca - Sharon Dawn Ruhanen passed away early Thursday, August 2, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. Born on the 29 of June 1942 to the late Eleanor and Norvin Brewer, she was also predeceased by her brother Norvin (Spike) Brewer Jr.

Sharon's Career at Emerson Incorporated took her from Key Punch to Mainframe Programmer assisting in the implementation languages COBOL and then ORACLE. Emerson later moved its Headquarters from here in Ithaca, NY to Florence, KY. During this transfer, Sharon spent several years traveling to Aurora, IL, Valparaiso and Monticello, IN, Maysville and Morehead, KY, Baltimore, MD as well as Florence. Developing strong friendships and a love for the Southern and Midwest cuisine, Sharon was able to devote her retirement to one of her greatest passions: Cooking. Crosswords, sewing and her two cats Samantha and Tank filled her time when she wasn't filling stomachs. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her four children Jenny Ruhanen and Jodie Rapone, Tamsyn (Sverre) Selheim and Garth Schaaf. She is also survived by her younger sister Rosie Brewer, lifelong friend and sister in-law Reenie Brewer (Norvin Jr), Cousins Nadine Hollenbeck and Geoffrey Veit. Online condolences may be left at
Published in Ithaca Journal on Aug. 11, 2018
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