Diana Sharon

Diana Lee Sharon

Monday, April 3rd, 1939 - Friday, February 21st, 2020
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April 3, 1939 – February 21, 2020. Diana Lee (Riley) Sharon, 80, of Olathe, KS, went home to stroll in heaven with her late husband of 56 years, Patrick Eugene Sharon. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 8:00 pm Wed., Feb. 26, 2020 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111 with Rosary at 8:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am Thur., Feb. 27, 2020 at St. Michael the Archangel, 14201 Nall Ave., Overland Park, KS. Burial follows at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Olathe, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Overland Park. Condolences may be left at

Diana is survived by her children: Debra Giudicessi, Olathe, KS, Pamela Wildermuth, Los Angeles, CA, Janet and husband Mark Perry, Platte City, MO, Sheila and husband Russell Kauffman, Avon, OH and Patrick Eugene, II and wife Jeannine Sharon, Overland Park, KS along with siblings Judy White, Mike Riley; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and numerous dear friends.

She meets in splendor those loved ones preceding her in death, husband, Patrick; parents, Alfred and Margaret Riley and granddaughter, Christina Lee Rockers. Her deep faith and courage served as inspiration to the many lives she touched as a mother, grandmother, nurse and friend. The self-proclaimed “Luckiest woman in the world” rooted her joy in the family she created and everyone she encountered.

Diana was born April 3, 1939 in Kansas City, KS to Alfred and Margaret Riley. She was raised primarily in Edgerton, KS. Diana was known as a charming, charismatic member of the community, twirling baton as majorette and participating in cheerleading. She maintained many of these early friendships throughout her life and greatly enjoyed the Gardner Edgerton Alumni Community. Married to the love of her life, Patrick, on April 13, 1956, where they made their home on Keeler St.; and raised their five children. Diana’s home was known as a warm and welcoming place for all. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Olathe and recently became an active member of St. Michael’s of Overland Park.

Diana believed love was the greatest gift you could give, and gave generously. Many family and friends recall days at Pat and Di’s pool as a staple of the Kansas summer. She should have bought stock in the telephone company with her many calls made and received over the years to stay connected with all she held dear. With a servant’s heart and a joyful spirit, her work at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home and within the Garden-Edgerton School District allowed her to do what she did best – connect and better the lives of others.

Diana was devoted to all family and friends. Beautiful inside and out, the twinkle in her sky-blue eyes gave way to a contagious smile; with a playful laugh that will dance in the minds of all who knew her. She had the remarkable ability to endear herself to all who were blessed by her presence; maintaining the virtues set forth in her life, she spread the grace of God through her spirit and sass. She is remembered as tough as nails, sweet as pie, the best of the best. Diana loved music, the Hallmark Channel and the arts. She cherished being with family and living life to the absolute fullest! Mom, grandma and friend will be deeply missed by all.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    Rosary 8:00 pm
  • Service

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Michael the Archangel
    14201 Nall Ave.
    Overland Park, KS
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  • Interment

    Mt Calvary Catholic Cemetery
    Hwy 169 & 159th
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Posted at 02:37am
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Judy Cooper

Posted at 02:30pm
My deepest condolences to all of Nurse Dianas Family and close friends. May you hold on to all the loving memories she left you with. Peace & Love!
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Jim Moore

Posted at 11:09am
I am sorry I will not be able to attend the Celebration of Life due to me traveling, but I wanted the family to know that Nurse Diana was truly an angel sent from God for my family. The care and compassion she had for Jamie while she was in school is beyond what anyone could hope for.

Nurse Diana was there through many ups and downs always supplying us with endless thoughts of encouragement and prayers. Without her in our lives, I’m not sure we could have overcome the hurdles we did.

She has definitely earned her wings, and deserves eternal life with God, and beside her husband. Rest easy my friend, we love you.

Casey Priebe and Mike Hill Families

Posted at 10:48am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time
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