Sharon Rose Van Dyke
August 24, 1947 ‒ January 03, 2018
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio
Sharon Rose Van Dyke, age 70, of Cardington, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, following many ailments she was battling.
On August 24, 1947, Sharon was born in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, the oldest of three children of the late Leslie and Jean (Klingel) Brush. She graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1965.
One fateful night at the square in Mount Gilead, Sharon met a young man, Kenneth Van Dyke. There will forever be a debate about who chased who that night, nevertheless the rest is history. They were married on February 4, 1967, and have loved bickering with one another for the past fifty years.
While her children were young, Sharon cared for her husband and children as a loving homemaker. As they got older, she went to work waiting tables at several restaurants in Morrow County.
Wanting the best for her family, Sharon went back to school when she was 44 years old, attending classes at Marion Technical College. She earned her degree in accounting in 1991, graduating Magna cum Laude out of her class which was an accomplishment she was especially proud of. She then worked as an accountant for many years at White’s Furniture Store in Columbus. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay as much as waitressing, so she worked at Bob Evans at 36/37 in Sunbury until her retirement.
A woman of faith, Sharon and Kenny attended the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Crestline for many years.
Taking great pride in her home, Sharon loved caring for many flowers there and enjoyed mowing the lawn.
Most important of all to Sharon was her family, especially her beloved grandchildren. She made so many great memories with them, swimming in the Van Dyke pond, riding golf carts, and always taking them to see Santa Claus and enjoy the lights. She made sure to take all of them to visit her sister, Becky, in California at least once, and she was proud to take the entire family to Disney World in Florida in 2002. She also loved to laugh, and was always goofing around with all of them.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Kenneth Van Dyke; three children: Scott (Michelle) Van Dyke, Cory (Krista) Van Dyke, and Melynda Van Dyke (Loss); six grandchildren: Kiera (Jacob) Brinley, Taylor (Steven) Nicholas, McKenna Van Dyke, and Morgan, Jordyn, and Kori Loss; seven great-grandchildren: Cadence Brinley, Karson, John and Branlee Nicholas, Trayson Martin, and Kensley Rose Strubhar; two siblings: Becky (John) Gibson, and David (Mary) Brush; numerous nieces and nephews; and her favorite one in the family, her wiener dog, Tyson.
Including her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by her grandson, Brandyn Skye Van Dyke, whom she missed every day until she joined him.
Her family will greet friends from 4 – 6 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring her life will follow there at 6 p.m, with Pastor Aaron Beacom officiating and then a meal to follow at the New Testament Missionary Baptist Church, 5560 OH-95, Mt. Gilead. Her actual written wishes for her funeral are as follows: “I want my funeral to be a celebration of my life. Everyone get up and tell their memories, laugh and cry, and I will join you” from above. Burial will take place at a later date in Butter Cemetery in Marengo.
Memorial contributions may be made to her family and may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Sharon’s family and your thoughts may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.