Sharon Rose Van Dyke

August 24, 1947 ‒ January 03, 2018

Cardington, Ohio
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

  • Kenny and family, My deepest sympathy is extended to each of you. I was just getting to Sharon and am heartbroken. She was such a sweet, caring and dear lady who made me feel like I’d known her all my life. She was concerned about me being alone and would call to see if I was busy that night. If not, then she invited me over to supper. Those nights of sweet fellowship around the dinner table with a delicious meal will forever be precious memories of her and her family who all welcomed me into their home and hearts. Yes, I will and do miss her terribly, but as a Born Again Believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I know that I will one day, as will all those saved, see her again and spend all eternity with her and all who have accepted the Lord as their Savior. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. Precious are His promises. May God wrap His arms of Love around each of you, comfort you as only He can, hold you close and gently ease your sorrow, heal your heart and strengthen you for every new tomorrow. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, LOVE leaves a memory no one can steal. . Keeping each of you in my prayers, as I know how difficult this time is and the days ahead will be. God Bless, Comfort and Keep You.

  • Dear family, we are so sorry for your loss, we will lift you up in prayer for comfort in this difficult time. We know the pain of losing a loved one ,hold on to your faith and all the wonderful memories. Dave Denman and Robin Lester

  • It is difficult to find words at this time of deep sorrow. I shall miss hearing her yell at the dogs, and having her round up one of the boys to help get the lawnmower out of whatever mess she was in. The neighborhood has lost an angel, but she will now be looking over us and keeping us out of trouble. Kenny and family, may all of you feel God’s loving arms as He shelters you through this difficult time.

  • Kenny and family. So sorry for the loss of Sharon. I hope that God provides you with the peace and comfort that only he can.

  • Kenny and family… I am so terribly sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing… shared a lot of laughs with her over the years… what a kind, loving and caring woman she always was.. hugs and prayers for all of you

  • To the Van Dyke family and friends please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear love one Sharon. Please read God’s wonderful promise for the loved ones we have lost in death to be fulfilled very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth by his son Jesus Christ a resurrection back to life for the loved ones we have lost in death no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-4.

  • Dear Kenny & family,

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you rest in the thought that Sharon is in a better place with no more pain. May God bless you and your family with all the memories you were left of her and that God will fill your heart with solace knowing you will be together again someday.

    Judy & Tony DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • Kenny & Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with and for you now in this sad time of sorrow in the passing of your dear Sharon Rose a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin as well as dear friend to many. Only our Lord God knows why she has been taken so soon from this life, but we know through saving grace we will meet her again in Heaven.

    Stay close to one another as she was to all of you and cherish your wonderful family memories of your dear one. Our most precious treasures in this life are our loved ones we are blessed with.

    Love, condolences & prayers,
    Linda, Dick & Shelly

  • To all of Sharon’s family . I am so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing . Thoughts and prayers for you During this difficult time .

  • Kenny and family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Charlotte Trowbridge Baker

  • Kenny and family , we are very sorry to hear of Sharons passing.
    Sharon will be missed by so many people that knew and loved her. Hugs and prayers to you all.
    With our deepest sympathy
    Bob and Mary

  • Kenny and Family….

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    May she rest in peace. ❤🕇❤

    Janice VanSickle and Family

  • Dear Kenny and family: I am saddened to read of Sharon’s passing. Praying for strength and comfort for all of you.

  • Scott and family…. Cory and Family….prayers and comfort to you both in your time of loss

  • My thoughts and prayers to the entire Van Dyke family. So sorry for your loss. Sharon was a great lady for sure.

  • Dear Kenny and family: So, so saddened to read about the passing of Sharon. You have our heartfelt condolences, and prayers are with you and the family. We pray that the memories that God gives us as a keepsake, will help fill that place in your lives , to help ease the pain of your loss……blessing to you all…

  • Mindy, Morgan, Jordyn, and Kori Loss,
    Was saddened to hear the news of Sharon’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sharon loved her family and was so proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren! She would raise HOLY H@LL on behalf of any of you! She was loud, loving, feisty, and funny! She scared the H@LL out of us the first few times we played with and against her girls in softball! She often kept book when the girls were little. God help the person that made a call she didn’t agree with or that questioned her records! LOL! We soon learned that her bark was far worse than her bite and once you got to know her it was her big heart that made her care so much. We soon got to know her and love her and she took us under her wing too. She was quite a woman and we were lucky to have gotten to know her.

  • Scott and Michelle,
    So sorry to hear of your Mom passing.
    Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

    Bee Jay

  • Our deepest heartfelt condolences and prayers are with y’all God bless y’all and know y’all are in our prayers 💗

  • Kenny and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss! May God bless and comfort you until you are together once again!

  • Kenny & Family you all are in my Thoughts & PRAYERS . Sharon was a very special & caring person. She will be truly missed. She LOVED her family with all her heart . Barbara(Dornon) Kast

  • Kenny and family
    Our sympathy to you and your family. Sharon was such a Sweet Lady,we worked together at Mary Ann’s and we had a lot of there.
    Our sincere sympathy Gary,JanetRuggles. Jim, Phyllis Smith. Judy Stricker and families