Obituary: Sharon VanOverbeke, 80, of Ludington.

January 26, 2021

Sharon Rose VanOverbeke

Obituary: Sharon VanOverbeke, 80, of Ludington.

Sharon Rose VanOverbeke, 80, of Ludington passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021. She was born February 13, 1940 in Detroit to Thomas and Elizabeth (Stewart) Ryan. Sharon graduated from St. Gabriel’s High School in 1958. While working in the mortgage department at the Bank of the Common Wealth, she met a handsome gentleman working in the check processing department. A few years later, Sharon married that handsome clerk, Arnold VanOverbeke on November 11, 1972 in Garden City.  Sharon went on to work for John Adams Mortgage Company, JcPenney, and after a long break to raise her daughter; Sharon retired from, the now, Bank of America. 

Sharon and Arnold were members of the Corvette Club. She was very active in the band and athletic boosters at her daughter’s school in Utica and she was interested in anything her grandchildren were interested in. Whether it was getting her hair painted pink at Disney or taking a trip to the American Girl store, she wanted her grandchildren to know how much Mimi loved them. In her spare time, Sharon enjoyed ceramics and taking her time with a good book.

Sharon will be greatly missed by her husband of 48 years, Arnold; her daughter, Jennifer (Kevin) Taranko of Ludington; her grandchildren, Annika and Brayden Taranko; her sisters-in-law, Rose (Michael) Carrico, Bernice (Rene) Nuyts, and Diane VanOverbeke; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by her four siblings, Elmer (Sandy) Ryan, Stella (Neil) Stewart, Jean Prusack, and Patricia Lundell; her in-laws, Alice and Achiel VanOverbeke; and her brothers-in-law, Robert and Raymond VanOverbeke. 

A funeral will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington. Family will greet friends starting at 1 p.m. Masks will be required and social distancing is encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sharon’s name may be directed to Aicardi a Syndrome Foundation or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.oakgroveludington.com.

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