Sharon Maurine Bade (Shopnitz), 78, of Bardstown, KY, passed peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loved ones on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. She was born November 1, 1942 in Elmhurst, Illinois. Sharon started her family in Elmhurst, however found herself following her husband and his career that took them too many states during their 55 years together. Together, she and Dave raised 5 children. She is a devoted grandmother who loved nothing more than spending time with her 9 grandchildren on Bittersweet Farm where she settled in and fell in love with country life. Sharon was a devoted sister, who enjoyed her yearly sister retreats. She was a dedicated friend that believed everyone deserved to be loved and valued.
Sharon’s hobbies included cooking, reading, raising golden retrievers, horses and equestrian sports, bird watching, learning about Native American culture and collecting antique tableware. Sharon played the classical guitar and enjoyed playing at Mass while her husband sang.
She and Dave spent every summer with immediate and extended family in their favorite spot at Antler Lake in Minnesota, fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.
Sharon spent over 25 years devoted to compassionate palliative care. She was a founding member of Hospice of Nelson County. Along with her colleagues, they dedicated their lives to serving and honoring the dignity of patients on their journey to life everlasting. And as life often comes full circle, she too was given the gift that she had given so many others and for that, her family remain forever grateful.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” (unknown) because in her, God’s light will ever shine through.
We will miss your popcorn, your smile, your wittiness, warmth and “Well, I might!”
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Joseph Bade; parents, Beverly and John Shopnitz; sister, Sandy Erb; and brother, Gary Shopnitz.
She is survived by her children, Kathleen Bade, Kristin Voltarel (Frank), Lisa Bade Cornish (Kevin), Susan (Suki) Brown, and Christopher Bade; two sisters, Terre Senne (Mike) and Tracey Ripplinger (Mike); nine grandchildren, Bailey Clayton (John), Madeleine Cornish, Ryan Berzins, Olivia Cornish (Reid Thacker), Payton Brown (Matthew Norcia), Claire Voltarel, Jillian Cornish, Reese Brown, and Olsen McClain; six great-grandchildren.
Sharon’s memorial service will be at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Barlow Funeral Home. Rev. Dixie Kimberlin will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 A.M. till 1 P.M. at Barlow Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may go to Hospice of Nelson County.
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