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Sharon R. Lowry

Sharon R. Lowry

May 16, 2020

Sharon R. Lowry died Saturday, May 16, at Mayo Clinic Health System - Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.  She was born during the hustle and bustle of war in a hospital on the outskirts of San Diego, California, on January 6, 1945.

Sharon came into this life with an insatiable intellectual curiosity that ignited a desire to learn and a devotion to share her knowledge first with the thousands of students she taught English over her thirty-two-year teaching career and then with members of Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement.  Serving first as secretary and then president as well as coordinating hundreds of Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement classes, for twenty years Sharon helped to build a strong organization that offered its members an opportunity to interact and meet like-minded individuals who were intellectually curious.

A lover of nature and animals, Sharon took pleasure in feeding and watching the birds and wild animals in the woods surrounding her home.   Their antics and the beauty of the ever-changing natural landscape of earth and sky were the inspiration for much of her poetry.  She always shared her life with dogs, usually having two as companions, at least one a German Shepherd. 

Sharon enjoyed food.  She liked to put her touch to a recipe, taste something new, and savor her favorites.  She viewed food preparation as a creative exercise and trying foods from different cultures as a chance to learn about them.

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Sharon played basketball when she was young and golf as an adult.  She never missed Packers and Badgers football and the last few years watched a great deal of golf on TV with Rory McElroy being her favorite player.

She is greatly missed by Elizabeth K. Fischer, her partner of forty-nine years, her German Shepherds Chase and Rory, her many friends, the members of the Chippewa Valley Writers’ Group, and the members of Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents and lots of caring relatives.



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  • Delphine Diffendorfer So sorry to see that my carpool buddy from way back had passed away. We had many interesting conversations on the way to Menomonie High School. And my husband lost another slumni of the class of '63. Our sympathy to Elizabeth and Sharon's family.

    June 3 at 4:50pm

  • Dixie L Chermack So sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. She did so much for CVLR. She helped broaden the world around me. She will be missed.n

    June 1 at 10:59am

  • JAMES URNESS Our deepest condolence to the extended family on Sharon’s passing. We were fortunate for the opportunity to know and work with Sharon for more than a decade, it was an energizing relationship. Her zest for life and spunk for what is right was always evident. She was the kindest person while making a difference in our learning community. This was primarily in evidence through her leadership in the Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement organization (CVLR). We will miss seeing her smile and hearing her kind words. Rest in Peace Sharon.
    Jim Urness & Dorothy Sorlie

    May 26 at 8:02am

  • Elaine Stelter Sharon’s concern for educating public school students as well as the Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement participants had a positive impact on hundreds of individuals! She will be remembered for her intellectual guidance! Sharon will be missed! May she Rest In Peace!

    May 20 at 10:10PM

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