Obituary for Sharon Barnes (Rummel)
Sharon Lee Barnes, age 74, of Janesville, died on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville. She was born in Kansas City, MO on February 25, 1943, the daughter of the late Robert W. and Marjorie B. (Cox) Rummel. Sharon graduated from Staples High School in Westport, CT in 1961, after which she attended Tarkio College for one year and the Kansas City Art Institute for one year. She met her future husband Charles “Chuck” Samuel Barnes while in college, and they were married on September 14, 1963. Together they had four children. Charles and Sharon settled in Hammond, IN in 1963, moved to Weston, CT in 1965 and then to Austin, MN in 1967. During 1970, they moved to Adrian, MI where they lived until moving to Gresham, OR in 1976. In 1988 Chuck and Sharon moved from Gresham to Chandler, AZ, but soon bought a home in Gilbert, AZ where they lived until 1996. After a divorce, Sharon enjoyed her own home in Mesa, AZ until finally moving to Janesville, WI in 2009 to be near her daughter’s family. Sharon was an expert in the development and production of beautiful ceramic art objects. She formed “Sha-Lee Creations,” a successful venture which sold all sorts of ceramic objects including end tables, music boxes, cooking bowls and dishes, wall hangings, plaques, and beautiful flowers. She was a very talented painter, who specialized in oil painting of nature scenes. She loved being in and around the water and was a great swimmer.
On May 16, 1988 Sharon, without warning suffered a major aneurysm that resulted in a three-month stay at the Barrows Neurological Institute of Phoenix. She was in the intensive care unit at Barrows for over one month during which time five operations were performed on her brain, including the removal of one of her skull plates (frozen and replaced about one month later.) Sharon was in therapy for well over a year trying to regain motor and other skills. Like many battles in Shari’s life, she beat this challenge. Barrow’s staff and Sharon’s strength resulted in a miracle. Her family would like to, once again, thank the staff at Barrows, especially neurosurgeon Robert F. Spetzler, MD, for giving us so many more years of Sharon’s love. Sharon was the funniest, most caring, charismatic and selfless woman that anyone could meet. She was energetic to the very end; a “real firecracker.” If you had known her for more than a few minutes, she almost certainly shared one of her life stories with you. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by three children: Vicki (John) Fugate of Janesville, WI, Eric (Gale) Barnes of Mesa, AZ, and Kevin (Alyssa Gilbert) Barnes of Salem, NH; grandchildren who she adored: Nicole, Danielle, and Davis Fugate, and Garrett Barnes; her sisters and their spouses: Linda (Bob) Yarbrough of St. Louis, MO, Susan (Gary) DeBois of Sun City, AZ, Diana (David) Gillespie of Rye, NH, her brother Robert W. Rummel, Jr. of East Glacier Park, MT, her loving nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Brian Barnes, her sister-in-law Ruth Beskin Rummel and her nephew Barry Moore.
A family celebration honoring Sharon’s life will be held. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, AZ.
Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Barrow Neurological Foundation AND/OR The Alzheimer's Association.