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Sharon Isenhower

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Sharon Isenhower age 82 of Fredericksburg, IA, died Thursday, January 27, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at Hillcrest Baptist & Brethren Church in Fredericksburg with Rev. Scott Smith presiding. Interment will be held in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg with Joel Martin, Ben Benter, Jordan Doubek, Roy Speicher, Avery Sassman, and Luke Mumford serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are, Nick Rieck, Tristian Rempel, Andrew Martin, Andria Flack, Brayden Sanderson, and numerous foster children. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 31, 2022, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Fredericksburg. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service a the church on Tuesday. Sharon’s remarkable life — one defined by a giving heart — began on Sept. 9, 1939, when she was born to Milton and Dorothy (Slick) Grummitt in New Hampton. She grew up in Fredericksburg with her three sisters and one brother and attended Fredericksburg High School, where she played 6-on-6 basketball and was the majorette in the band. Sharon married Richard Martin, and the couple had six children — Dennis, Ken, Bill, Connie, John, and Cori — who had a mother who had so many talents. She was a mason, a painter, a crafter, and a seamstress who was incredibly creative. She faced plenty of adversity in her life — her first husband died at a young age, two of her children passed away, and she battled cancer valiantly on and off for more than 30 years — but she always did so with deep faith and willingness to put up a good fight. After Richard passed away, she married Dave Isenhower. They were the first couple to ever exchange vows at the new Hillcrest Baptist and Brethren Church building when they were married on April 16, 1976, and began a wonderful life together that would last for almost 46 years. Early in her life, she worked as a waitress and in a rest home before she put herself through cosmetology school which led her to open her own beauty shop, Hair by Shar. In the 1970s, she went to work for John Rich, who started the Chickasaw Ambulance Service, and she became one of the first paramedics to work in the county. In 1983, she became a dispatcher at the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office. In 1989, the year she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, she felt God’s calling, and she and David became foster parents. For more than 20 years, they fostered several hundred children, and almost all of them saw Sharon as much more than a foster mother; instead, she was their loving grandmother, their “Mima,” and she helped put many of them on the right path by giving them her love, taking them to church and partaking in countless rounds of “Bible quizzing.” When she and David “retired” as foster parents in 2012, she worked at the Treasure Chest in New Hampton, and she looked forward to her Tuesday afternoon shifts every week. Sharon took great pride in the Isenhower’s home located south of the Fredericksburg Sportsman’s Club. She designed and created the family’s fireplace, and her kids will always remember the countless trips to rock piles around the area they took as mom searched for the perfect rocks for her fireplace. She loved being a mother absolutely adored being a grandmother to her 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was, in short, the best “Mima” a child could have. Sharon was a member of Hillcrest Baptist and Brethren Church, and it was her deep faith that sustained her in a long and courageous battle with cancer that began so many years ago. She was a practical woman, and her husband will tell you that she appreciated the gift of a skill saw much more than a vase full of flowers. Sharon had a heart of gold, one that she showed in so many ways for so many years. As a wife, as a mother, as a paramedic, as a foster mother, as a grandmother, and as a great-grandmother, she always put others before herself and she will be greatly missed. But that faith, that belief in the Lord, tells us she is home with God today. Sharon is survived by her husband, Dave of Fredericksburg, three sons, John (Katy), Dennis and Bill, all of Fredericksburg, a daughter, Connie (Keith) of Fredericksburg; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Randa of Maynard, and Brenda (David) of Fredericksburg; sister-in-law, Janice of Allision; and brother-in-law, Bill of Fredericksburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws; step-dad, Mike; daughter, Cori; son, Kenneth; and granddaughter, Samantha; sister, Karla; brother, Lurton. --

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Dena and Zac Palmer and Dean Speicher.

  2. Thoughts and prayers to all of Sharon’s family. She is now in a better place and not suffering. Remember all the good times. Randy and Mary Jane Leach

  3. Much peace for the family. A beautiful woman I’ve known my whole life. Such wonderful memories. We need more like her in our lives. RIH Sharon

  4. I was one of the last foster child that Dave and Sharon had I really can thank Sharon for teaching me how to drive on a go-kart and then later I became to drive a van I’m also really glad that she taught me to how to play the ukulele and a guitar and to this day if I would just look back over it and refresh my memory I could probably do it I also thank you for letting me know more about Jesus Christ and the word of God and I mean it was just an experience for me throughout my teenage years so I also remember when my DHS office worker came and I would hide under the hay bale cart

  5. Sharon was a great lady. We volunteered together at the Treasure Chest. I enjoyed her humor and her connection to people. I cherish her friendship.

  6. Remember so many things like the art work with the saw blades fantastic, the humor but most of all the BROWNIES!! REST WELL AND PAIN FREE

  7. My sympathy to David and all of Sharon’s family and dear friends. You are in my prayers. Nancy Bohmbach Taylor

  8. Our deepest sympathy to Dave and all of Sharon’s family. She was beautiful soul and left a positive impression on everyone she met. We worked with Sharon at the Sheriff’s Department for years and she was always kind, empathetic and professional. She had a deep love of her Master and her family. She will be missed by many; Rest In Peace Sharon! Lance and Jan

  9. Our Sympathy Dave and your family. She was a sweet one and will truly be missed. Roger and Margo

  10. Aunt Sharon was such a blessing to so many people. I will cherish the wonderful memories of her. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  12. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sharon was absolutely amazing and such a kind person. She took in many foster children on my caseload many of which were a handful, but was always willing to give it her all to make a structured home for them. She was also a great support to other foster parents. I will miss her spunkiness, kind heart and sweet laugh. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

  13. Have great memories, 65 years ago she made all my baton twirling competition outfits, then we stayed connected as hairdressers and foster mom’s.. A friend forever.. Prayers , Comfort and peace to you all ..

  14. I’m sorry for the family loss. I was one of the many foster kids that she had. She was a very awesome person. She taught me so much about life. I will miss her very much.

  15. She will be forever remembered & the memories forever cherished. I miss you Sharon, you changed my life as I’m sure you did for many others.

  16. because of Sharon: – i know how to play the piano (a little) – i know how to quilt – i know how to hem my own jeans – i know how to crochet – i know a little about raising/hatching peacocks – i know how to have faith – i had a good upbringing during my teenage years – i met some really kind & caring people (her family) – i befriended a chocolate lab named Hershey – i have learned so many many things, including learning to love & to trust, despite my broken childhood. ♡


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