Sharon Kay McClenathan Gruber

July 09, 1947 ‒ December 02, 2017

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Caledonia, Ohio

Sharon Kay (McClenathan) Gruber, age 70, of Marion, died peacefully Saturday morning, December 2, 2017, following a battle with cancer.

On July 9, 1947, Sharon was born in Marion, Ohio, the oldest of three daughters of the late Melvin and Dorothy (Denzer) McClenathan.  She graduated from River Valley High School in the class of 1965.

Shortly following graduation, Sharon married her high school sweetheart, Leroy A. Gruber, on April 15, 1966.  Together they shared fifty one years of marriage and lovingly raised three boys: Steven, Shane, and Seth.

The majority of Sharon’s working career was spent at Marion Insurance, first with Robert and Dan Smith, after they retired Robert’s his son, Shawn Smith.  She retired in 2015.

A woman of faith, Sharon was a member of the Marion Salem United Methodist Church.  She also loved playing BINGO, visiting craft shows to add to her collections, and shopping for her granddaughters.

Most important of all to Sharon was her family.  She always tried to be there for her three sons, rarely missing any of their sports or school activities.  She also never wanted any recognition for anything; rather she preferred to care for things quietly.

Sharon will be missed by her husband, Leroy Gruber; three sons: Steven (Sue) Gruber of Blissfield, MI, Shane (Kelley) Gruber of Westerville, and Seth Gruber of Marion; three granddaughters: Kylie, Josie, and Jane Gruber; two sisters: Sue (George) Kaufman and Jackie Mills; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her family will greet friends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Denzer Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring her life will follow there at 1 p.m., with Rev. Beth Ann Mansperger officiating.  Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joyce’s Angels, 277 Kensington Place, Marion, OH 43302, or American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Rd, Dublin, OH 43017.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Sharon’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via

  • My deepest condolences to all of you at Sharon’s passing. Sharon was a lovely lady. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you.

  • My love and prayers go to Seth and his family at this time of sorrow. May you find comfort knowing that heaven has given her peace and taken away all her pain. My love to you.

  • Sue, Jackie, my condolences to you and all your family in the loss of your loved one. Will remember our card games and especially Sharon’s laugh. Find comfort in all your good memories. Take Care, Carol

  • Heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Kelley, during this hard time. Hopefully the sharing of happy memories will help to soften the loss.



  • My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family, Kelley. May you find the comfort and peace that you seek.
    With love,

  • Kelley and family, I hope that comfort and peace come to you at times when you need it most. I will be thinking of and praying for you all.



  • To the Gruber and McClethan family, my heart goes out to you. 💔 Very fond memories of our close family and community ties. Such a beautiful person inside and out, God has truly gained an amazing angel 😇. Janis Seckel Parthemore