SOUTH BEND — Former Washington resident, Sharon Kremp Deneen passed away peacefully March 24 in South Bend after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. Mrs. Deneen was born March 15, 1931 in Washington to the late Juanita (Shackelford) and Earle Joseph Kremp. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Patrick Francis Deneen; daughters, Jeri (Jon Powell) Deneen of San Diego Calif., and Jennifer Deneen of South Bend; sons, Michael (Nancy) Deneen of South Bend, Timothy (Patti Posey) Deneen of Wichita Kan., Kevin (Nancy) Deneen of South Bend, and Brian Deneen of Mishawaka; 13 grandchildren, Amy (Matthew) Porter, Laura (Neal) Smith, Chris Deneen, Shea Powell, Kylie Deneen, Cortney Deneen, Brittany Deneen, Austin Deneen, Krystin Deneen, Jen Deneen, Jacklyn Deneen, Kim Miller, and Cole Deneen; and five great-grandchildren, Ashley and Andrew Porter, Tyler and Brooklyn Smith, Sadie Swain. Sharon is also survived by her younger brother, E. Joseph (Becky) Kremp of Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Shirley Wright. A few of Sharon’s countless accomplishments were; she was in one of the initial classes of women to graduate from the school of business at Indiana University, Bloomington where she was also Homecoming Queen. She was a very active member of the Junior League of South Bend for many years, her volunteer efforts range from teaching adults to read and write, to countless local charity events while raising six children. Sharon later joined her husband in the family business, where she became an extremely successful businesswoman. Sharon loved history and was very active with the Northern Indiana Historical Society beginning when the museum was housed in the downtown courthouse. She was very involved when the Oliver Mansion was offered into the collection. Sharon was a Northern Indiana Historical Trustee from 1983 through 1996 and president from 1990 to 1991. She and her close friends Patricia Potts and Norma Lu Meehan designed many exhibits focused on period clothing. Yearly they would design and stage rooms within the Oliver Mansion with remarkable clothing that had been donated to the museum over the years. A recent exhibit designed by the three women was 100 Years of Design; featuring fashion, furnishings and decorative art forms from the 1830s to the 1930s. Recently Sharon was instrumental in obtaining a sizable grant for the addition of special display cases for mannequins for the Center for History. Sharon was also an active member of the Antiquarians Society where she contributed to the meetings her deep love of lace. But most importantly, Sharon was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was and always will be an inspiration to all of her family. She touched all of us collectively and individually and attended every single important event in all our lives no matter the location. We are truly blessed and amazingly lucky to have had such a wonderful woman in our lives that held fast to a tight close-knit family. Sharon will be missed beyond belief. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, 2120 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, with Rev. David Rupert officiating. Cremation has taken place at Welsheimer Crematory. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., South Bend. Donations in Sharon’s behalf can be made to the Costume Restoration Fund at the Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601; Hospice Foundation South Bend; Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.
March 15, 1931 - March 24, 2013
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