Sharon A. Zank of Weston Wisconsin was called to her Savior’s side this past Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Sharon was born on January 13, 1935 to the late William and Ella (Schwesig) Grob. She attended Wausau High School and then went to work at the Pied Piper Shoe Factory in Wausau. It was there that she met her future husband, Marlan. The two were united in marriage on June 9, 1956.
In 1966, Sharon was offered the opportunity to take part in a federal program that provided para-professionals for local schools. Little did she realize that the opportunity would become a 34-year career with the D.C. Everest School District. She worked for many years at Schofield Elementary School before transferring to Rothschild Elementary. She thought of her coworkers as her extended family and often reminisced about the hard work and happy times they shared.
Sharon was a longtime member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of Schofield. It was there that she learned to know Christ’s saving love, love that filled her heart with gratitude and that inspired her to live a life of thanks to her gracious God. For more than 40 years she served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, touching the lives of hundreds of children with the life-giving message of Scripture. In her younger years she was a member of the Lutheran Ladies Guild and the Senior Choir.
Among Sharon’s survivors are her son, the Rev. Joel (Cindy) Zank of Appleton; her daughter, Marsha (Keith) Crooks of Schofield; her grandchildren: Jessica (Mike) Straseske of Wausau, Jamison Hollman of Schofield, and Carrie (Karl) Garbo of Green Bay. She is further survived by two sisters, June Clark of Spokane, WA and Beverly Huckbody of Wausau; her brother-in-law, DuWayne Zank of Wausau, her sister-in-law, Geraldine Zank of Weston, and by many loving nephews and nieces.
A memorial service for Sharon will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schofield. The Rev. Jeff Mahnke officiating. Visitation will take place from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service, all at the church. Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at brainardfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church 1351 Grand Ave. Schofield, WI 54476.
We who benefited most from Sharon’s grateful heart are the members of her family. From her words and example, we have learned the importance of staying connected to Christ and his saving truth. Through faith in Him we look forward to being with Mom forever - as the Bible promises: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life!” (John 3:36).