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Sharron Anne (Schadegg) Dowis
February 12, 1944 ~ August 18, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Sharron Anne Dowis passed away peacefully with family at her side on August 18, 2023 in Parker, CO. She waged a valiant battle with Lewy Body Dementia during her final years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.
Sharron was born February 12, 1944 in San Diego, CA to Clarence M. and Irene (Waldo) Schadegg. She spent her early life in Iowa, her mother’s home state, but grew up in Sterling, CO, her father’s hometown. Sharron was the oldest of 7 children and she was the consummate big sister, caring for and protecting her siblings. She graduated from St. Anthony’s High School and Northeastern Junior College, Sterling. On May 16, 1964 she married John Craig Dowis, who was her devoted husband and best friend for over 59 years. Among their greatest blessings were their three beautiful daughters.
Sharron and John relocated to California in the early 70s where she fell in love with the warmth, beaches, and sunsets. Over the years they called Sacramento, Fresno, San Jose, and Irvine home. Sharron began a long and successful career in the insurance industry with Mission County Agency of San Jose. In 2000, she was named Senior Vice President of the Newport Beach office of Marsh Risk and Insurance Services, overseeing all operations of the insurance brokerage services department. Sharron and John retired to Lone Tree, CO and Casa Grande, AZ but spent their best days traveling, visiting all 50 states and many foreign countries. Sharron was happiest spending time with their family, roaming the country in their RV, or watching a movie with John.
Sharron is survived by her husband, John, of Parker, CO, and daughters Cindy (James) Manuel, Parker; Sherrie Shinkle, Highlands Ranch, CO; and Jonni Sue (Zach) Merritt of Cape Coral, FL. She was beloved Grammy to Dylan, Jake, and Jessica Shinkle; Tony and Savannah Mendez; and Sydney (Merritt) Fitzpatrick. Her siblings, Connie Mynatt, Georgia (Dwayne) Ballard, Patricia (Steve) Betz, Rick (Thel) Schadegg, Becky Ostdiek, and sister-in-law Janine (Kelly) Winchester mourn her loss. She also leaves behind John’s siblings, Roger (Cami), and Bill (Sandy) Dowis; Sally (Dave) Catron, and brother-in-law Ron Drake, along with numerous extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Irene and brother Steven Schadegg, father and mother-in-law R. Donald and Althea Dowis, and sister-in-law Donna Drake.
Recitation of the rosary and memorial service will be held at Parker Funeral Home, 10325 Parkglenn Way on 8/24/23 at 4 to 6:30 with rosary starting at 5:00 to 5:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ave Maria Catholic church on 8/25 at 3:45 with a reception to follow at Black Bear golf course. .