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Sharon Gail Bitzer

Female 1959 - 2006  (47 years)

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  • Name Sharon Gail Bitzer  [1, 2
    Born 1 Apr 1959  , Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 30 Jul 2006  , Boothwyn, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1109  Main
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2006 

    Father Edward B. Bitzer 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Menla "June" Rapp 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F413  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bruce E. Schreiber 
     1. Douglas Alexander Schreiber
     2. Brianna Lynn Schreiber
     3. Colby Tait Schreiber
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2006 
    Family ID F382  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Research):

      1 Aug 2006

      On Sunday afternoon, Sharon lost her battle with lung cancer. Bruce was sitting on Sharon's right, holding her hand, and I was on her left, holding the other hand. The house was quiet and we watched her take her last breath. The pain was ever present no matter how intense the medicine; however hospice tried in every way to make her comfortable. Now, she is. Lung cancer is a horrible disease.

      Sharon's children are doing well. With so many people around and with so many activities, they are in a whirl at this time. The intensity will hit them after all quiets and they feel the need for her being. Bruce, Ed and I are also caught up in preparations, phone calls, plans - the usual after a death - but for us the sadness is being cradled within no matter what we are doing. The end of her pain is our great consolation.

      Since Sunday I have pondered whether to tell you before the funeral or after. I have been conflicted because I do not want any of you to feel the urgency to be here with us. The viewing and the service are being held late in the day so that Sharon's and Bruce's friends who work will be able to attend. Bruce has lived in this county all his life and Sharon for 20 years. They have acquired many friends. Just knowing that you will all be with us spiritually, and I know you will be, is enough. All through this past year, you have all shown interest, caring and love. We know that you are hurting, too. You have our permission to remain comfortably in your home thinking, crying or praying, because someone we have loved is missing.


  • Sources 
    1. [S128] Florida, Leon, Tallahassee - notes from 1968 Rich Family Reunion, Pete and Jean Rich, (written correspondence with attendees: original papers in possession of Jean Downs Rich Murray).

    2. [S19] Personal Correspondence, e-mail from June Rapp Bitzer (edandjune@comcast.net) to Gail Rich Nestor on 13 Jan 2006 (Reliability: 3).