2014-09-25 / Obituaries

Sharon Wittkopf

Sharon Wittkopf, 68, passed away during the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 19,

2014 at her home in Jerseydale.

Sharon, the daughter of

Alma and Charles Rowe of

LeRoy, N.Y., was born on August 23, 1946.

Sharon and her family relocated to Long Beach, Calif. when she was in junior high. After graduating from Millikan High School in 1963, Sharon earned both her bachelor’s degree in English and her teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach. After having three children and teaching elementary school for several years in the Los Angeles area, she followed her mother Alma and younger brother Rick to Mariposa County.

Wanting to raise her three boys close to their grandmother and surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills, she relocated her family to Ponderosa Basin in the early 1980s.

For more than 20 years, Sharon was a beloved kindergarten teacher at Woodland School. She was a natural teacher and truly loved her work. Even in retirement, Sharon loved keeping up with her nowgrown kindergarteners. She treasured her time with each of those kids and would often tell stories from her teaching years.

Whether supporting former students at the livestock auction or boogying down at the Carter Ranch Musical Festival, Sharon was both fun-loving and young at heart. A natural at keeping her finger on the pulse of Mariposa life, she could often be found dining out at local restaurants or lounging on the grass at Art in the Park with the love of her life, “Jimmers.” Her out-of-town getaway and “happy place” was the beach at Morro Bay. She loved relaxing in the cool coastal climate, book in hand, and exploring unique shops.

Wherever Sharon went, she made a friend. However, she was happiest spending time with her three beloved young granddaughters, Emma Rose, Violet and Katherine.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Rick. Sharon is survived by her husband of 20 years, James Wittkopf, her brother Thomas, her three sons, John Charles, Justin and Nathan, and three granddaughters.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. at the Jerseydale Ranch (the pumpkin patch) on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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