AURORA, IL. - Sharon Broderick, who lived at 6S340 Densmore Road in Aurora, passed peacefully on March 25, 2014.
She was the loving wife of Thomas Broderick for nearly 40 years. She was an avid reader, a skilled gardener, a passionate animal lover, a talented knitter, a gifted teacher, and a warm and faithful friend to all who had the good fortune to know her.
Mrs. Broderick, who was born on April 14, 1944, in Pittsburg, California, grew up in McFarland, California, a small farming town in the San Joaquin Valley.
She was raised by the late Emmett Holman and his wife, Jessie. During her teenage years, Mrs. Broderick lived with her grandparents, Harry and Ruth Needham of Escanaba, and attended Escanaba's Holy Name High School (now Holy Name Catholic School), where she appeared in many school theatrical productions and from which she graduated in 1962. She attended Northern Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in early education in 1966.
After graduating from college, Mrs. Broderick taught at Pulaski Junior High (Gary, Indiana), Hammady Junior High (Flint, Michigan), and Parkview Elementary School (Pasadena, Texas), for the first several years of her career.
During those years, she also enjoyed hiking and backpacking in Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, Yosemite National Park, and the Grand Canyon.
Upon her return to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the mid-1970s, Mrs. Broderick worked as a substitute teacher at various schools. After concluding her teaching career, Mrs. Broderick worked in the designer-clothing section of the Glass Block Department Store (Duluth, Minnesota), where she was so popular that she was asked to appear as a model in the store's magazine advertisements. Upon moving to the Chicago area in 1989, Mrs. Broderick worked as a personal banker at Harris Bank, where she took the initiative to provide free tax-filing assistance to local nursing home residents. Before health issues forced her retirement, Mrs. Broderick spent the final years of her career as the Executive Director of the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International and an event organizer for the Construction Safety Council in Hillside, IL, where her husband served as the Executive Director.
Mrs. Broderick is survived by her husband and her three children: Credence (Xavier) Sol of Chevanceaux, France; R. Marie (Chris) Smith of Pell City, Alabama; and Destry Broderick of Aurora; and stepdaughter, Stephanie Wellman. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Rafael Fogo-Schensul, Didier Sol, Bruno Sol, Cecilia Sol, Amelia Sol, Matilda Smith, and Izabelle Smith; along with three stepgrandchildren, Anne Marie, Dallas, and Tyler Wellman. Mrs. Broderick was also the loving "mom" of her King Charles spaniel, Sage.
Mrs. Broderick was preceded in death by the Holmans and the Needhams.
Mrs. Broderick's family wishes to thank her caregivers at the Elmwood Nursing Home for their compassionate, sensitive, and kind care.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Broderick's name to the A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter (Naperville, Illinois) (www.adoptpetshelter.org), the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), or the Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org), would be warmly appreciated.