Sharon Lee Van Ert (Howard), of Summerfield, FL, passed away on Oct. 26th, 2022, at the age of 83 after a series of hospitalizations following her husband Robert’s death on May 16th of the same year. Sharon told him she would be following him soon and she did—after 63 years of marriage, she was lost without him.
Sherry moved around a lot as a child but was always a straight A student. Eventually, her family settled in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area and she graduated from Pius XI High School and then St. Joseph’s Hospital X-ray school. At some point during this time, she met Robert. She was an X-ray tech for Drs. Mueller, Tyne and Cummings, was one of the first people in Milwaukee trained to use a CAT scan and then wrapped up her career as a clinic manager and coding auditor. Sherry liked to socialize and had many “clubs” throughout her life, maintaining lifelong relationships with classmates and neighbors and eventually building yet more friendships during retirement in Stonecrest with her Panera, dominoes, red hat ladies, cards, bocce and travel groups.
Sherry was an eldest child and was preceded in death by her parents, Marjorie (Lerch) and Charles; her stepfather Paul LaPonte, and brother Charles (Corky). She is survived by her brother, Robert, and sisters Michelle (Bisbee) and Jaclyn (Carter) and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Children Mark (Wendy) and Lisa (David Cook) had a wonderful mother who they called daily just to listen to her random happenings and to talk about theirs. Lisa’s boys Adam, Jamison and Wyatt had a devoted babysitter and cheerleader in their grandmother, but she didn’t spoil them like their grandpa did and would cut them off after two servings of ice-cream. Her great-grandchild, Raeleigh, loved to have Shar read books to her.
She maintained a healthy chocolate addiction to the end and was grateful for all the flowers, get-well cards and wishes she received while in the hospital and rehab. Sharon will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives.
Services to be held at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Summerfield, FL, Nov. 21st, at 10 am. ET, with internment at Bushnell Military Cemetery on Nov. 22nd.