Sharon E. Eisenhauer
Sharon E. Eisenhauer of Essex died on May 3, 2018 at Seacoast Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. Born October 6, 1943, she was
the daughter of the late William and Teresa (Ellis) Eisenhauer. Although
born in Ipswich at Cable Memorial Hospital, Sharon always considered
herself a lifelong resident of her beloved Essex.
Despite her loss of hearing in infancy, Sharon mastered lip reading and
speaking, attended the Rufus Choate Elementary School in Essex and then
Gloucester High School, graduating with the Class of 1962, going on to
graduate from the Chandler School for Women. After graduation Sharon
worked for thirty-two years, first employed by John Hancock Insurance and
then Aetna Insurance Company, beginning at Aetna’s Boston office, and then
at its offices in Chelmsford and Tewksbury – a testament to her
self-sufficiency and independence despite her hearing loss.
Known for her outgoing and generous personality, Sharon valued making
friends. She was always interested in their lives and always had
time to listen and encourage them. As her family knew, when out to eat
with her in Essex, Sharon would know so many people that leaving the
restaurant often took longer than the meal.
Sharon coped with her lifelong hearing loss with patience, perseverance,
and courage. Since 1980, she was an active member of the Self Help for the
Hard of Hearing Association (SHHH) (now the Hearing Loss Association of
America), for years, serving as treasurer of the Boston as well as the
North of Boston Chapters. In recognition of her decades of dedicated
service to SHHH, she was awarded the national Spirit Award and the North
of Boston chapter named a scholarship in her honor. She, with her
dear friend, Helen Fleming, advised, even to the point of being
interviewed on television, countless people on how to cope with hearing
Always curious about the world, Sharon enjoyed traveling, visiting the
Soviet Union, Communist Poland and East Germany, as well as Germany,
England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria,
Mexico, Canada, and Bermuda. And, as an outlet for her creativity,
Sharon enjoyed designing jewelry, especially necklaces.
Sharon is survived by her sister Laurel Eisenhauer of Essex; special
cousins Wayne Eisenhauer of Danvers, Iain McMaster, Gretchen Sinnett and
her husband Joseph McMaster of Melrose, Christian Sinnett and his wife
Deborah of OR; her godson, Mark Bodwell; goddaughter, Eileen Buckley;
special friends Sheila and Bob Bodwell of Ipswich, Janet Mitchell of
Reading and Mary Jane Buckley and Dorothy Elwell of Essex as well as
cousins Philip and Larry Strauch of Danvers, Paul Strauch of Boxford and
William Dirring of Atlanta, GA.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Seacoast Nursing Home for their
loving and expert care.
Her funeral will be held 9 am Tuesday, May 8 from the Whittier-Porter
6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral
Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,
Main Street, Essex. Interment will be in the Spring Street Cemetery,
Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will
be Monday 5 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be
made to Hearing Loss Association of America (7910 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda,
MD 20814) or St John the Baptist Church, 52 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929.
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