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Sharon Van Dorn - April 15, 2009


Sharon (Artman) Van Dorn, 61, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado in Greeley, surrounded in the loving arms of family and friends. She died peacefully after a courageous on-going battle with meningioma turmors.
She was born August 30, 1947 in Holyoke, the youngest daughter of Otis and Lois (Hageman) Artman.
Sherrie was raised in Holyoke, attending local schools and then graduating from Central Business College in Denver in 1966. She was employed at Norgren, Inc. in Littleton for nearly 30 years, working as an executive assistant. She dedicated herself to every commitment made, whether work or family related.
Sharon was interested in many things. She enjoyed reading, traveling (loved Hawaii), lunching with friends at the Cheesecake Factory, and the annual Roadkill RV Rendezvous with Norgren friends. She relished every minute of every day spent with her 9-year-old grandsons Ben and Sam.
She never forgot birthdays and enjoyed every family gathering. Special friend Mary Carr and her husband David of Centennial spent hours at her bedside over the past months and hold a special place in the hearts of Sharon’s family. Gary Elder, a cousin, and friends Ellen Hughes, Ray Van Dorn and Connie Van Dorn also helped create the chain of caregivers that blessed her life to the end.
Sharon was preceded by her parents and her ever-beloved son, Michael Van Dorn.
Sharon is survived by husband Tom Van Dorn of Littleton; grandsons Ben and Sam Van Dorn and their mother Lisa Letterly of Colorado Springs; two sisters, Kay Stark of Eaton and Jeanne Guisinger and husband Gary of Perry, Maine; and brother Ed Artman and his wife Marilyn of Bothell, Wash.
She will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews: Brett Guisinger, Penny Guisinger, Heather Artman, Daniel Artman, Kristine (Artman) Freelund and special niece Mona (Stark) Scott of Eaton. She leaves behind an extended Van Dorn family of Tom’s brothers and sisters, their spouses and children, as well as Tom’s parents Ed and Jay Van Dorn of Cheyenne, Wyo. Sharon was a binding force for both families.
A memorial service in celebration of Sharon’s life and the joy she brought others was held on April 19, at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Littleton.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Sharon’s life may be made to a fund being established for the education of grandsons Ben and Sam. Donations should be sent to: Sharon Van Dorn Memorial, c/o Mona Scott, 905 Falcon Ridge Ct., Eaton, CO 80615.