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Sharon Ann Tarnosky

December 31, 1948 ~ February 9, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Sharon Tarnosky Obituary

Sharon Ann (Foos) Tarnosky graduated to her Heavenly mansion to be with her Lord on February 9. 2024 at the age of 75 years, in a skilled nursing facility in Castle Rock, Colorado.  She won a five-month struggle with end stage vascular dementia exacerbated by two falls.  The first of which fractured 4 left ribs and a lumbar.  The second fall resulted in a broken left hip after which she was never able to stand or walk.

Sharon was born December 31, 1948 in Greeley, Colorado to the late Herbert Foos and Esther (Schneider) Foos subsequently of Brighton, CO.  She was also preceded in death by her sister Bonna Jean (Foos) Duffey and brother-in-law Otto Lynn Duffey of Brighton, Colorado.  She is survived by her husband of 44 years, John Austin Tarnosky, Jr. of Parker, CO, where she happily resided for 33 years before going to skilled nursing in Castle Rock, Colorado; her son Mitchell Dailey of Houston, Texas; her daughter Tania McCoy of Shreveport, Louisiana; both siblings from her previous marriage to Dick Dailey of Aurora, Colorado; her niece Tracey Duffey of Lochbuie, CO and nephew James Duffey of Broomfield, CO; and her beloved Tabby cat.  Sharon was a true native of Colorado having never lived outside of Colorado.

Sharon graduated from Brighton H.S., went to UNC in Greeley, CO her first two years of college and finished her B.A. degree in history at CU Boulder.   She obtained her M.B.A. degree from CU Denver while woking for 10 years with Motorola in the Inverness Business center.  Later she worked for WelldyneRx, an online pharmaceutical company, in the Inverness Business Center.  She was a major contributor to their success as Vice President of Operations until she retired in 2011.  Technical support personnel were amazed that she could resolve her own computer issues. 

Sharon demonstrated her perserverance in overcoming her childhood apprehensions of horses and of being submerged in water.  She was trained in dressage and even attempted hunter jumping until her age revealed her limitations.  Her apprehension of water was overcome by enjoying fishing from a boat and of course spurned on by an occasional catch.  She was invariably prone to snags.  She immensly enjoyed traveling about America.  She loved horses, dogs and cats.  She was an enthusiastic ouitdoors person enoying tent camping and hiking.  Later she thoroughly enjoyed the RV traveling experience to never-before ventured places.  She could spend hours at a time picking up seashells on the beaches or unusual rock specimens during mountain hikes.  Sharon just liked challenges and adventures.  She was a feisty girl as indicative of her red hair and German-Russian heritage.  She loved to dance and that is how we met, yes, in a bar and subsequently married on December 1, 1979.

She started attending a church to support her daughter’s loss of a husband.  She further got involved intensely with bible studies two times a week.  She had not demonstrated this interest when we were married.  She got Baptized again and volunteered to become the church’s librarian. Her waning years with dementia had a profound toll on her Christian pursuit.  I am sure God has blessed her for trying to maintain her focus on Jesus Christ and God.

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March 1, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Parker Funeral Home
10325 Parkglenn Way
Parker, CO 80138

Funeral Service
March 1, 2024

10:00 AM
Parker Funeral Home
10325 Parkglenn Way
Parker, CO 80138


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