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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 loss.

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 Funeral Home, 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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