Sharon Eaker, 83, of Mechanicsville, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at Mechanicsville Specialty Care. Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Steward Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Mount Vernon, by Pastor Karen Nelson. Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Verlin of Mechanicsville; children, Dawn Stieger of Cedar Rapids, Terry Eaker of Oswego, N.Y., and Scott (Karen) Eaker of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren, Dayna Stieger of Mechanicsville, and Stephanie (Jeremiah) Phams of Grimes, Iowa, Shauna Dietrick of Clinton, Iowa, Terry Jr. "TJ" (Heather) Eaker of Clinton, and Koby Eaker of West Liberty, Iowa, and Jarryd (Samantha) Eaker of Rochester, Minn., and Derek Eaker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Swayzie Duecker, Carter Dietrick, Wrigley Dietrick, Uryah Dietrick, Savannah Dietrick, Macey Eaker, Madelynn Eaker and Carter Eaker; sister, Lana (Wes) Johnson of Austin, Minn.; brother-in-law, Earl Goetz of Lake Wales, Fl.; nieces and nephews, Keri (David) Yerhart of Austin, Minn., Tara (Eric) Johnson Krumm of Austin, Minn., Chad Johnson of Austin, Minn., Greg (Carmen) Goetz of Coon Rapids, Minn., Troy (Cathy) Goetz of Woodbury, Minn., Susan (Leo Jr.) Matzeder of Wichita, Kan., Jeff (Suzi) Goetz of Greenville, S.C., Larry Worke of Meridian, Minn., and Dick (Jan) Worke of Rochester, Minn.; and numerous great-nieces great-nephews, extended family and friends.
Sharon Lee Kime was born Oct. 13, 1935, to Lester and Vera (Crabtree) Kime in Austin, Minn. Sharon graduated from Austin High School and later married Verlin Eaker on March 13, 1955. They resided in Austin, Minn., and Blooming Prairie, Minn., until moving to Cedar Rapids in 1966. They later moved to Mechanicsville in 1977.
Sharon was a supportive and committed wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of strong faith. Everyone was always welcome in her home for refreshments, a meal, laughs and stories. Sharon enjoyed decorating her home, baking, gardening as long as the snakes stayed away canning, and playing cards with her family and friends. Memories were made with euchre and Canadian fishing trip buddies Ernie and Joyce Ludvicek. In her earlier years, most of Sharon's weekends were spent at dirt tracks where she enjoyed the circle of family, friends and fans while watching Verlin race. Sharon also had a love of reading and participated in the Cub Scouts as a den mother and in the Red Hat Society activities ranging from parades, luncheons and celebrating birthdays; most recently her own where the Red Hat Ladies came to the care center. It was truly special.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carol Goetz; parents-in-law, Mabel and Amos Eaker; sister-in-law, Ruby; brother-in-law, Jack Worke; and niece, Vickie (Dean) Mesenbring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mechanicsville Specialty Care in Sharon's honor.
The family would like to thank everyone at Mechanicsville Specialty Care for taking care of this precious woman who touched so many lives and were honored to have known her. The staff became Sharon's extended family of which she talked so highly and who in return, treated Sharon as family too.
Please share your support and memories with Sharon's family on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.