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Sharon Ann Zimmerman Wilson

March 4, 1953 — June 24, 2023

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Sharon Ann Zimmerman Wilson

Sharon Ann Zimmerman Wilson, age 70, died June 24. Cherished wife of Peter for 46 years. Loving mother of Megan (Matthew Reitz) and Patrick (Amy) and devoted grandmother of Lylah, Olive, Graeme, Isaac, Adilyn and Deacon. Survived by her brothers George Zimmerman (Debbie) and Richard Zimmerman (Pen) and inseparable twin sister Shirley Gober (Victor). Preceded in death by brothers Donald (Barbara), Raymond, and Julius. Beloved by a large clan of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends who also became family. 

Sharon was born in Cleveland on March 4, 1953 to Julius and Shirley Zimmerman, the younger twin by 3 minutes. She attended Villa Angela High School and Cleveland State University. She married Peter in 1977 and together they raised Megan and Patrick with unconditional love and a family spirit of adventure. She completed her MSSA at CWRU’s Mandel School in 1986 and worked as a licensed social worker, serving as a loyal advocate for those in need. A short time later, she was called to the join the faculty of Ursuline College, where she was proud to teach social work for the next 33 years, sending hundreds of social workers into the field with her signature blend of encouragement, mentorship, understanding, and constant reinforcement of the phrase “I believe in you.” 

Her family, friends, colleagues, and students will remember Sharon for her joyful laugh and her boundless energy. Her couples’ prayer group and all her faith community will remember her deep faith, spiritual curiosity, and creativity. Her entire community will remember her generosity to anyone who needed her, and her fierce commitment and care for all the people she loved, particularly her six precious grandchildren. 

In her illness Sharon received excellent care from medical teams at University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Hospice of the Western Reserve. The family would like to express their gratitude for the many compassionate medical professionals who accompanied her in her battle with cancer over the past year. 

FRIENDS MAY CALL FOR A MEMORIAL VISITATION AT THE FIORITTO FUNERAL HOME, 5236 MAYFIELD RD., LYNDHURST (EAST OF RICHMOND ROAD) ON FRIDAY, JULY 7 FROM 4 TO 8 PM. Memorial Mass Saturday, July 8 at Communion of Saints Parish at St. Ann Catholic Church, 2175 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights at 11:00 am. Visitors are invited to gather with family in the church half an hour before the Mass, which will be followed immediately by a Celebration of Life with an abundance of food, drinks, stories, memories, and laughs.

Contributions in Sharon's name may be made to the Florence A. Hangach Endowed Scholarship Fund for Social Work Students at Ursuline College.
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Past Services

Memorial Visitation

Friday, July 7, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Memorial Visitation at St. Ann Church

Saturday, July 8, 2023

10:30 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Communion of Saints Parish of St. Ann Church

2175 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

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Memorial Mass

Saturday, July 8, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Communion of Saints Parish of St. Ann Church

2175 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

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