Sharon Marie Wieghart

Sharon Marie Wieghart of Lake, Michigan, passed away at her home May 14, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born February 17, 1934, to Alta Marie (Howland) Hulin Grigware and Ernest Lee Hulin.  Valedictorian of her high school (Farwell, 1951) and college (Central Michigan University (CMU), 1955) classes, her enthusiasm for learning never flagged.  Sharon was the first female editor of the CMU newspaper and was awarded an academic scholarship and grant to do post graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in journalism.

She was married to the late James Gerard Wieghart for 54 years.  Together they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, New York where she supported his journalism career and raised four children.  An independent and capable woman, Sharon took on minor and major renovations and repair projects, and knitted and sewed in addition to being a homemaker.Sharon was a dedicated Girl Scout leader and trainer, PTA volunteer, naturalist, and office administrator while her children were growing up.  Her home frequently accommodated other friends and family members from around the world, almost ten of whom lived with the family for extended periods.

After that, she studied acting and became an accomplished photographer and potter.  Sharon’s love for literature, art, music, nature, and politics continued until the end.  She is survived by four daughters and their husbands: Michelle Wieghart and Leroy Clark of Beldenville, Wisconsin, Elizabeth and Daryl Queen of Lake, Michigan, Bridget Wieghart and Jay Schornstein of Portland, Oregon, and Rebecca and Mark Eaton of Portland, Oregon, (recently of Washington, DC) and her grandchildren:  Caleb Clark, Aimee Queen, Noah Queen, Lucas Wieghart, Esme Schornstein and William Eaton. We will miss our loving mother and kind friend.  Sharon has been cremated and a memorial service will be held Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 2 pm following 1 hour of visitation at 7144 McKinley Ave, Lake, MI  48632.  Please send donations to CMU- Public Radio, Mid-Michigan Homecare – Hospice Services, or the National Audubon Society in lieu of flowers.