Sharon "Sheri" Kupka Fletcher
Sharon "Sheri" Ann Kupka Fletcher passed on Aug. 8, 2018, peacefully at her home with family.
A gathering for friends
will take place Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Coach's Corner in Iowa City from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, at Lensing Funeral Home, located at 605 Kirkwood Ave. in Iowa City. Private family committal services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established as the Sharon Fletcher Memorial Fund.
Sheri was born Jan. 19, 1945, the oldest of two children born to Robert and Jean (Campbell) Kupka. Sheri grew up in Iowa City and attended City High School and St. Katherine's School in Davenport. Sheri and Gary Wayne Fletcher were married on Dec. 29, 1963, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Together they raised three children, Mick Fletcher, Sarah Fletcher and Maggie Fletcher Wagenknecht, all of Iowa City. As a stay-at-home mother, Sheri would work during the school year as a crossing guard for Horn Elementary, where her children attended. Later after her children were grown, she started a long career working for her mother Jean Kupka in the University of Iowa athletics ticket office until her retirement.
Sheri had a love of sports and spent countless hours watching her children and grandchildren participate in baseball, basketball, football, softball and soccer. She especially enjoyed watching her grandsons Noah and Kyle play football and granddaughter Maya play softball for the West High Trojans. Sheri lovingly traveled many times to Waverly to watch Noah play college football and granddaughter Maddie perform in the dance squad for the Wartburg Knights. Sheri's other sports favorites were the Iowa Hawkeyes, Denver Broncos and St. Louis Cardinals.
Sheri showered her grandchildren with love and inspired them to follow their dreams and creative talents. She proudly displayed the artwork and photographs done by her granddaughters Maddie, Olivia and Kara.
In 1980, Sheri was presented the Governor's Lifesaving Award by then-Gov. Robert Ray. In 1979, she was in Boone attending a baseball tournament in which her son Mick was playing. While relaxing by the hotel pool, Sheri saw a child lying on the bottom of the swimming pool. She immediately dived into the pool and pulled the 9-year-old boy from the water. The child was revived and survived due to Sheri's quick act of bravery.
For Sheri, family was everything. She had such strong unconditional love for her children and grandchildren. She was a very special woman and left an imprint on everyone she touched. Her generosity and her openness of her home was extended to those she loved. Countless friends of her grandchildren considered her grandma. There was no friendship as loyal as Sheri's.
Sheri is survived by a son, Michael "Mick" Fletcher and wife, Ann, and their children, Maddie and Olivia; daughter, Sarah Fletcher and fiance, David Cahill, and Sarah's sons, Noah Fletcher and Kyle Payne; daughter, Maggie Fletcher Wagenknecht and her husband, Scott, and their children, Kara and Maya; and special son, Cedric Haynes and wife, Machelle, and their children, Marcus and Trey; and brother, Chuck Kupka and wife, Jan, and Chuck's children, Travis and Alyssa Kupka. Sheri also is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends; and her special black dog, Rondo.
Sheri was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Jean Kupka; her husband, Gary; in-laws, Vernon and Ruthe Fletcher; brothers-in-law, Steve and Glen Fletcher; and great-uncle, Ken "Curly" Kupka.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.