Sharon Kay Buess Duff, 73 years old of Kent, passed away on April 9, 2014 at the Kent Health Care facility and under the direction of Hospice where she received very compassionate care. Sharon had Alzheimer's and was being cared for at home by her husband Don, Son Jim, and Daughter Jennifer the last two years under the watchful care of the Senior Independence Hospice team of Akron.
Sharon was born on June 29, 1940 in Kenton, Ohio to Carl and Ruth Buess and raised in Wharton, Ohio with her two sisters Janet Huston of Cary, Ohio and Nancy Beaschler of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, deceased. Sharon's Father had a cream, poultry, and egg business with his brothers that they would deliver to Cleveland. He sold his share of the business to his brother and bought a farm right across the road from his home. Sharon and her sisters would help with the garden, gather the eggs, try to save the runt pig when they had new pigs and would water the cows. Sharon would help plant tomato plants and they would sell the ripened tomatoes to Heinz for ketchup.
Sharon graduated from Wharton high school in 1958 as the Valedictorian and then followed her sister Janet for nurse training at the Parkview School of Nursing in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There she received the Psychiatric award on graduation and became a Registered Nurse in 1961. She worked at Parkview Hospital from 1961 until 1966.
Sharon married Donald R. Duff of Fort Wayne on September 1, 1962. She met him at a nursing school dance after he had completed four years in the Air Force. After completing his Electrical Engineering degree in 1966 they moved to Fremont, Ohio with their new Daughter Jennifer S. Duff Niemann, where he worked in Bellevue, Ohio for General Electric. They moved to Bellevue in 1968 when their son James R. Duff was born.
Sharon worked at the Bellevue hospital in 1970 part time until the twins, Clifford P. and Benjamin C. Duff were born in 1973, and then continued part time until 1977 when the family moved to Ravenna where Don joined the GE HID lamp plant. She then joined Robinson Memorial Hospital part time until the fall of 1998 when she retired.
Sharon taught Sunday school at both Methodist churches in Bellevue and Ravenna. She also worked on Mission projects at the Ravenna church. She liked to travel, make coats and dresses for her granddaughter, baby quilts, Afghans, raised roses and flowers.
Sharon and Don have 4 children, Jenny, Jim, Cliff, Ben and four grandchildren and this summer twin girls. She also has numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. She is preceded in death by her Father Carl, her Mother Ruth, and her sister Nancy.
Sharon was a very special loving and caring partner, Mother, Grandmother, Nurse, cook and homemaker and she will be greatly missed.
A special thanks to the Hospice group for all that they did and a special thanks to two Hospices nurses, Lori and Neale who were able to get Sharon's hand wounds under control and to Hospice aids Christina and Darlene along with my Daughter Jen and Kelly who gave her such good bed baths twice a week. I also want to thank Amber and Amanda and others over the last two years who allowed me to get away to do other things like visit my 100 year old Mother and to sing in the choir of our church. The Nurses and others in the Nursing Home were very good at helping my wife and my family this last month through this very difficult period in our family's life. I personally want to express my gratitude to Ruth for the pretty hand made lap blanket she made for Sharon and especially my next door neighbor Stacey, who for the past several years has made my family great dinners and a shoulder to lean on. There is no way that I could ever express my heart full gratitude to Stacy and all of the others along with my family who gave me the ability to care for my Wife these past couple of years. You all were all a great blessing.
Family will receive friends at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM and also on Tuesday, April 15th from 11:00 AM until the funeral service at 12:00 PM officiated by Pastor Stephen Sparling. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Park.
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