Sharyn K. Crain, 69, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021, at Good Samaritan Hospice Concordia. She was born June 5, 1952, in Natrona Heights, to the late Richard J. and Mildred (Bulger) Ruediger. She was a 1970 graduate of Highlands High School, and a 1973 graduate of the AVH School of Radiologic Technology. Soon after graduation, she met the love of her life, Robert M. Crain. Their blind date meeting was arranged by Sharyn's mother and her future mother-in-law, Martha. This led to their marriage in 1975 that would last 46 amazing years. Sharyn started working as an X-Ray tech at Falk Clinic, in Oakland, but soon she would leave to start a family. As a juvenile diabetic in the 1980's, she knew having children would be a challenge. The miracle workers at Magee Hospital enabled her to have two healthy sons. She cherished the time raising her boys. When they reached middle school age, Sharyn went to work as a paraprofessional for the Highlands School District. Her career spanned 26 years first as a substitute then as full time. She worked at all levels of education in all of the district buildings. She absolutely loved working with her teachers and her special needs students. Sharyn had all the patience in the world in helping her students achieve the best they could be. She just would not retire, only the advancement of her latest illness would force her to quit the work she loved. Sharyn was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church of Guardian Angels Parish; where she was a former Christian Mother. Sharyn had a lifetime of health challenges. In addition to juvenile diabetes, she battled cancers during the past 20 years. Through all of her pain and treatments, she continued to work and remain positive. She had a pure love for the simple things in life. Sharyn loved going on vacation with her family. Her favorite places were Hershey Park, Disney World and Wildwood N.J. In her spare time, she enjoyed doing latch hooks to hang in her home or give away as presents. In addition to her loving husband and best friend, Robert Crain, she is survived by her sons, Douglas Crain, of Natrona Heights, and Scott Crain, of Morgantown, W. Va. Also surviving is a brother, Richard L. (Sandra) Ruediger. Sharyn made the world more beautiful with her loving touch. She will be remembered as an amazing wife, mother, mentor and friend. From her home bible, 2 Timothy 4: 6-8 "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day..." All services for Sharyn are private. Arrangements are by CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com
. The family requests memorial donations in Sharyn's name be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Western PA Chapter, 501 Martindale St., Suite 670, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or online at www.jdrf.org/westernpa
. Juvenile diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and young adults, creating a lifetime of challenges.
Published by The Valley News Dispatch on Jul. 24, 2021.