Obituaries

Sharon Stratton 1941 - 2018

Sharon Stratton 77, died in Tucson Arizona on September 14, 2018. She was born on February 19, 1941 in Mobridge South Dakota, the daughter of Stewart and Kathleen Mickelson. Funeral Services will be held in June 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 1100 West St, Tonganoxie, KS. An announcement will posted in the Tonganoxie Mirror. Sharon grew up during WWII in Igloo, South Dakota an ammunition depot installation where her father supported the war efforts as a member of the Construction Battalion and graduated with a teaching degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1963. During her senior year, she began a teaching career that spanned more than four decades. She married Bill Stratton in 1963. Sharon moved to Manhattan Kansas while Bill was deployed to Vietnam in 1969. Upon his return, they settled in Overland Park. Sharon and Bill arrived in Tonganoxie near the end of 1978 where they raised their three children Kimberly, David, and Stephen. Sharon began teaching vocal and instrumental music in the Tonganoxie school district in 1981 where she remained until retirement in 2006. Unable to stay away from the children of the community, she returned to teach part time at the Genesis Christian Academy. She enjoyed several years there until her final retirement in 2013. During her tenure, she touched the entirety of two generations of children who participated in musical performances, concerts, band trips and community events such as the Tonganoxie Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, Memorial Day parades and Maple Leaf Festival of Baldwin, KS. During her 30+ years as a resident of the Tonganoxie community, Sharon acted as music director for Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a private lesson piano teacher, and a mentor to many of the young teachers coming through the Tonganoxie School District. Sharon was a longtime supporter of the Good Shepard Thrift Shop and Food Pantry and a frequent supplier of food and labor in various food kitchens and charities. She spent nearly 15 years as a hospice volunteer and relief worker. Sharon was granted the Excellence in Community Service award by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2013 in recognition of her deep commitment to the Tonganoxie community. Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, her father and mother and her elder brother James Mickelson. She is survived by her three children Kimberly Baney and Stephen Stratton of Arizona, David Stratton of New York and her younger brother Harry Mickelson in Washington. She has three grandchildren Cameron and Collin Baney and Sabrina Stratton. Donations in Sharon's honor can be made to: hospicefoundation.org, yoto.org, and girlsrockcampalliance.org.