CANTON, Ohio — Sharon Joan Coleman, 80, of Canton, formerly of Van Wert, Ohio, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at The Pines Lakeside Therapy Center in Canton.

She was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Ohio City, Ohio, to the late Maude (Krugh) Thomas and Harry Thomas. Sharon was raised by her aunt and uncle, the late Mirl and Opal Breece, and was the youngest of nine kids.

Her husband, Glen Coleman, died Dec. 16, 2009. They were married March 2, 1952.


Survivors include children: Tim (Joyce) Coleman of Van Wert, and Barbara (Dan) Shell of Canton; sisters: Patricia Thatcher and Roanna Imogene (Roscoe) Abbott; grandchildren: Shane Coleman, Candra (Marcie) York Coleman, Clint (Julie) Coleman, Amy (Matthew) Cribbs, Joshua (Kristi) Shell, John (Jennifer) Shell, Alyssa (fiancé: Peter Marchand) Shell, and great-grandchildren: Zoe and Zander Coleman, Savannah, Bryce and Isaiah York Coleman, Gracie, Ellie, and Simon Cribbs, and Kolby and Noah Shell.

She was preceded in death by brothers: Buford, Lowell, Raymond, Harry and Donald Thomas, and a sister: Montella Coleman.

She worked at Teleflex Corporation, Van Wert, for 17 years. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Van Wert, where she was active in the United Methodist Women’s Group and the Sixty Plus Group. She was a American Red Cross volunteer at the Van Wert County Hospital.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Services will be officiated by Sharon’s grandson, John Shell. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.