Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Sharon Ann Sifferlin

Sharon Ann Sifferlin, age 75, of Shelby, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, January 4, 2021 at her home with her family by her side.

Sharon was born March 22, 1945 in Richland County, Ohio to the late Leonard Kenneth and Beatrice Mae (Huss) McFarland. She was a 1963 graduate of Union High School. A love story began over 57 years ago when Sharon was introduced to a co-worker’s brother, James E. Sifferlin, at Smitty’s Drive-In in Shelby. They married on August 19, 1963 and, in their 57 years of marriage, raised four children and watched their family grow to what it is today. Anyone who knew Sharon knew that she shined in her role as a wife, mother, and grandmother. Above all things, her favorite thing to do was spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren, as they, by far, were her greatest joy and fuel for survival. Although Sharon had illness her entire life, she herself was resilient, strong, and non-complaining, and taught her family, by example, how to keep surviving.

Together with Jim, the couple had many tremendous friends that they enjoyed spending time with wherever they were. Their travels over the years took them all over the United States of America, including Hawaii, and also to the Caribbean many times and throughout Europe. They most especially loved to travel annually to their family cabin, built by Jim, at Lake De Bois in Quebec, Canada. Most recently, they took pleasure in wintering to Mesa, AZ, where Sharon relished the sun’s consistence, beauty, and warmth.

Sharon was extremely talented and creative- from decorating her home pristinely and keeping it meticulous to helping make all of her children award winning themed papier-mâché’ Halloween costumes when they were little. She was an excellent cook and annually canned all the produce from the garden her husband had planted. She was also an awesome seamstress and had also been a 4-H advisor for many years. Doing all of this while also being the secretary for Jim’s business, Sifferlin Machine.

Her husband, Jim, survives along with her children and grandchildren: Jeff (Annette) Sifferlin of Shelby and their children: Jeffrey Sifferlin, Brandy (Brent) Smith, and Brianna Sifferlin; Theresa (Rodney) Stumbo of Shelby and their daughters: Brittany and Ashley Stumbo; Laura Sifferlin of Powell and her son Derek Sifferlin; and Scot (Carrie) Sifferlin of Plymouth and their children: Tristin Porter, Reese Sifferlin, and Nash Sifferlin; great grandchildren: Faith, Layken, Lilly, and Avery; a sister: Carolyn (Ralph) Eichelberger; in-laws: Susan Christopher, JoAnne Waldruff, Shirley Gray, and Eddie Sifferlin; and numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Betty Stanley, Kenneth McFarland, David McFarland, and Robert McFarland.

Sharon was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, where she had been a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and had been a collection counter for many years. Her funeral mass will be held at the church on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:30 am with Msgr. Dennis Metzger serving as celebrant. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family and friends are welcome on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the church.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Larry Fronyz says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Sue Wills says:

    Jim and family. My sympathy to all of you. Sharon was a bright shinning light in all of our lives. She will definitely be missed. She is at peace now and whole again with the Lord. I enjoyed catching up with you both the few times you came to Arizona. You became part of our family. Love and prayers for comfort during this time.

  3. Laura Sifferlin says:

    Thanks momma for rocking my world! Thanks for so many awesome memories. You will be in my heart forever. I love you!❤️

  4. Theresa Weightman says:

    My heart breaks for the Sifferlin family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.
    Sending you all love & hugs.

  5. Jennifer Jones says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Through my friendship with Laura, I know that Sharon fought a hard to be with her family up to the very last minute. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  6. Pat Saltzgaber says:

    I’m so sorry. Sharon was a wonderful, kind person.

  7. Morgan Hockenberry says:

    So very sorry for your loss.. Lots of hugs and prayers your family!

  8. Natalie Lantz says:

    Sending our warmest thoughts, sympathies and prayers to the Sifferlin family.
    The Lantz family

  9. JoAnn & John Waldruff says:

    Jim and family ~ we are saddened to hear of Sharon’s passing. You have our sincere sympathy and prayers for God’s comfort. JoAnn & John

  10. Holly Korbas says:

    I was sorry to read of Sharon’s passing. She was such a wonderful person and I always enjoyed visiting with her when we bumped into each other! She will be missed by all who knew her…

  11. Lynda Krick says:

    Sending my deepest sympathy to the Sifferlin family on the loss of your beloved mom, wife, grandma. Lifting prayers for comfort for all of you.

  12. Linnea Gold says:

    The Gayheart girls loved spending time at the Sifferlin’s house and that was because we felt welcomed by Sharon and Jim Sifferlin. Mrs. Sifferlin was the sweetest mom around! I loved her little giggle when she laughed. Prayers to all of the family, and just remember we will see her again!

  13. Suzy Floyd says:

    I will forever cherish all the memories we shared growing up together and all the fun we had at the Sifferlin house. Sharon was a wonderful woman with such a great personality and always made us smile, she will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  14. robie pena says:

    Scott, I am so sorry to hear about your mother.

  15. Tammy Spencer says:

    What a wonderful, sweet, and special lady who we will all miss terribly!! Praying for Jim and the rest of the family!! Heaven just got sweeter!
    Love you Sharon!! You lived life with such class and I was privileged to call you my friend!!!

  16. Todd & Donna Payne says:

    Laura, Teresa, and Jeremy Scot,
    Keeping you in my warmest thoughts as you navigate this difficult time; know that I care about you, and celebrate your mom’s remarkable life. ❤️

  17. Patricia Espinoza says:

    So sorry for your loss

  18. kathy milliron says:

    Jim and family,
    So very sorry for your loss! She was an amazing friend for many years … loved the times on our cruises and then my visits to Arizona. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!

  19. Bob Burky says:

    The Sifferlin Family
    Keeping all of you in in our thoughts and prayers in your very difficult time of loss of your wife ,mother, grandmother ,and great grandmother. She was a very nice and caring person who will be greatly missed by all of us, our prayers our with you in this time of loss
    Bob Burky

  20. Richard & Betty LaBarge says:

    Jim, Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family .Ricard &Betty. LaBarge

  21. Pam Fraley Lang says:

    Sharon’s laugh was contagious and her hospitality was always so welcoming. She was a beautiful woman who loved her family deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  22. Lisa Noel says:

    Sifferlin Family,
    Our deepest sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you. Sharon was such a sweet, caring lady and a great neighbor! We’re praying for you. Sincerely, Kevin & Lisa

  23. Randy and Beth Terman says:

    So sorry to hear if Sharon’s passing. She lead a brave life. Prayers for all of her family.

  24. Barbara Eakins says:

    Jim and I send sincere sympathy to you Jim and Children, Carolyn and Ralph. Sharon was a beautiful lady, always friendly and upbeat. I know she will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her. I am so glad that you have wonderful memories to sustain you as you grieve the loss of Sharon.

  25. Bobbi (Webb) Stout says:

    Theresa and family- my mom (Alice Webb) and I are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. Gregg and Marte Griffeth says:

    Jim Theresa Rodney and family we are sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers Sharon was a great Wife Mother and Friend and will be missed by many God Bless

  27. Marge says:

    Laura, I don’t think I ever met your mom but moms are so special… heartfelt sympathy to you and all of the family.

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