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Sharon Kay Simonson Harruff
ston, Indiana, formerly of Grand Mound, died Sunday morning, Oct. 15, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana.  

She was born Aug. 11, 1943, in Clinton to Einar N. and Wilma Paarmann Simonson. Sharon graduated from Grand Mound High School in 1961 and attended Clinton Junior College and the University of Northern Iowa, where she received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in elementary education and a minor in history. Her first teaching job was fifth grade for 10 years in Clinton.

In 1975 she moved to Indiana, and after a few years she received a master of science degree from IUPUI, Indianapolis. She also earned endorsements in reading and learning disabilities. In 1978, she moved to Logansport School Corp. at the elementary level and stayed until retirement. Toward the end of her teaching career, she became a cross-categorical teacher serving special education students. She taught for 37 years. For the past 14 years she had been a substitute teacher for Southeastern School Corp., where she continued to sub until the end of the 2017 school year. She subbed through all 4-plus years of her cancer and treatments. Sharon was united in marriage to Norm Harruff on Oct. 25, 1986, in Logansport.

Her professional activities included being an NEA member since August 1965; Indiana State Teachers Association since August 1975, member of dues and leadership conference; special ISTA taskforce committees; state Governance Committee member; representative to ISTA representative assembly; Logansport Education Association member since 1975, serving as corresponding secretary, first and second vice president; building representative; coordinator of LEA's Gift Lift Program, and president; Howard-Cass-Carroll-Tipton Political Action committee since 1975, serving as co-chairperson and member, and district council member.  Her Gamma Mu activities have included being first vice president, recording secretary, legislative and literacy co-chairperson, member of the legislation, and personal growth committee and president. She served several positions in the Cass Co. Retired Teachers Association. Community activities include membership at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kokomo, volunteering for the Indiana Sports Corporation, Samaritan Caregivers, and the Circle City Sons of Norway Club.  Her Hobbies include reading, golfing, gardening, cross-stitching, and traveling.

Surviving are her loving husband, Norm; her children, Michael (Stephanie) of Indianapolis, and Lisa (Todd) of Martinsville, Indiana; sons, Brad (Marcie), Jeff (Terri), Rod (Sandi), and daughter, Nikki; grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner, Jason, Trent, Cassidy, Eliza, Blaine, Ben, and Brooke; great- grandchildren, Brooklynn and Abbey; three siblings, Marcine Simonson, Einar E. (Janet) Simonson, and Dale (Norma) Simonson; her mother, Wilma Simonson of DeWitt; and several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Catherine Ann; her father, Einar N. Simonson; maternal and paternal grandparents; and many aunts and uncles.

Visitation was held Oct. 17 at Murray-Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston and before the funeral service at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Kokomo. A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the church, with the Rev. William Allison officiating. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt, with the Rev. Steve Anderson officiating.  Burial will follow.  

Condolences may be expressed at schultzfuneralhomes.com

Schultz Funeral Home in Grand Mound is assisting the family locally.

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