Sharon H. (Heacock) Stecher, 70, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at Finley Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Father Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia. Friends may greet the family from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.
Sharon was born Feb. 11, 1948, the daughter of Allen and Nevada (Allen) Heacock. She grew up in a limestone house (which is now Cushman's Greenhouse) and farmed in rural Asbury, Iowa. She would often tell childhood stories of having to clean out hog pens consisting of "two six-pens, two four pens and the silo," and memories of selling eggs and of her getting in trouble for climbing the windmill! In 1966, she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and briefly worked at St. Regis.
She met William (Bill) Stecher at a dance at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, where she and her twin sister, Shirley, would often attend. Sharon and Bill married on April 27, 1968, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. Their wedding dance broke the dance attendance record at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. This past April they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. She and Bill owned and operated a dairy farm together in Centralia for 25 years. They worked side-by-side milking cows, doing field work and managing the herd. During this time, she sold Mary Kay cosmetics for 15 years helping make other women look beautiful.
After retiring from farming in 1993, she held various part-time jobs and discovered her true passion in quilting, making blankets for every member of the family (even some of the furry ones)! She also took up collecting porcelain dolls and enjoyed going to doll shows with her twin sister, Shirley. One of her favorite memories was traveling to Germany with Shirley for three weeks visiting doll factories.
Sharon learned how to can from her late mother-in-law, Grace, and during the summers she would spend countless hours canning items from the garden. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and listening and dancing to country music. Sharon and Bill enjoyed flea markets, antiquing, fishing and attending car shows. She loved eating anything with blueberries, ice cream, dark chocolate and seafood. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Sharon was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and its' Rosary Society. She spent 50 years working funeral dinners at the church.
Sharon is survived by her husband, William "Bill" of Centralia; children, Jody (Steve) Rausch of Robins, Kim (Calvin) Gilbert of Cedar Rapids and Al (Amy) Stecher of Central City; grandchildren, Alex (Desirae Hesseltine) Himmelsbach, Austin Himmelsbach, Aaron Gilbert and Jack and Jase Stecher; her great-grandchild, Wyatt Himmelsbach; her twin sister, Shirley (Roger) Dalbkermeyer of Dubuque; sister, Sandy (David) Staat of Lonoke, Ark.; four brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; two aunts; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harvey Heacock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Centralia/Peosta Fire Department, Hospice of Dubuque or St. Jude Children's Hospital.
The family would like to thank the Centralia/Peosta Fire Department, UnityPoint Home Care, and friends, neighbors and family who helped Sharon these past few months.
Online Condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.