ISHPEMING, Mich. - Sharon Ann (Skewis) Johnson, age 63, of 1870 Cindy St., Ishpeming Township. passed away peacefully at her son's home, while surrounded by her loving family on Sunday June 23, 2013.
Sharon Skewis was born on September 5, 1949, in Ishpeming. Upon graduating from the Ishpeming High School, Class of 1967, she married and moved to Rapid River for a brief period. Later, she moved back to Ishpeming to raise a family, with which she was very proud of. She obtained a degree from NMU, during which time she had worked in the summers at the Bay Cliff Health Camp where she showed her compassion for children with disabilities which was carried throughout her lifetime. Sharon was employed by Cliffs Natural Resources (CCI) for over 40 years, starting at the main offices in Ishpeming and later transferring to the Empire Mine where she worked as an office administrator.
Sharon's greatest gift was her ability to impact many with her compassion, sincerity and positive outlook on life. Her smile lit up a room. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed following her children's sporting events, and later her grandchildren's never missing a game unless her health was limiting her. Sharon liked to garden, was an avid reader, and enjoyed the beauty and waves of Lake Superior. She also shared a passion for stock car racing. Sharon loved life!!!
Sharon is survived by beloved children: Shari (Bradley) Mahoski, Brian (Cherie) Johnson and Cindy (Raegen) Peterson; precious and beloved grandchildren: Hunter Mahoski, Bode and Ani Johnson and Jarrett, Reid and Kinsey Peterson; step-grandchildren Hunter and Bailey Peterson; her mother Mary Skewis all of Ishpeming, siblings: Michael (Susan) Skewis, James Skewis of Negaunee, Peggy (Gary) Petersen and Rosemary (Roland) Korpi both of Ishpeming; brother-in-law: Stephen (Judith) Johnson of Sterling Heights, along with numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews, including special nieces Christi (Chris, Callie and Ava) McElroy, Katie (Marty and Molly) Trudgeon and special nephew Mark (Rebecca and Hattie) Korpi, husband Elden Johnson, sister-in-law Deborah Johnson, and her special lifelong friend Sue (Ronald) Sihtala. Sharon was preceded in death by a nephew Michael Skewis Jr.; sister-in-law Nancy Skewis as well as her father, in-laws and grandparents.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 4 until 7pm on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home where a parish prayer service will be held at 7:00pm. Family will again greet on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday with the Rev. Fr. Greg Heikkala to officiate. Interment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.
Pallbearers will be Michael and James Skewis, Roland Korpi, Stephen Johnson, Bradley and Hunter Mahoski, and Raegen and Jarrett Peterson. Honorary pallbearers will be those who took such good care of her at work, including Billy R. Jenkins, Dan Marcotte, Curt Sjoholm, Jon Jason, Bruce Ekdahl, Tonya Nicholas, and her "praying angels" Julie Mathews and Mari Stanaway.
Sharon's obituary may also be viewed at bjorkand zhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.
Sharon will be dearly missed!!!