Sharon Rosa Lee Boyer (Landers) Taormina
3/16/41 – 7/7/2020
Sharon, 79, was called Home to Rest in Heaven on July 7, 2020, alongside all her beloved departed. The most amazing and brilliant mother to two daughters, Megan and Karen, and to her son-in-law, Bob, who survive her, her light and radiance shine bright still and always in all who knew her for the amazing person she was. She was always a steadfast and caring sister to her younger brother, Stephen, and sister-in-law, April, and is remembered by close and distant relatives and friends, near and far. Sharon dedicated her heart to her family and to two rescued cats as well, Felix and Paradiddle, and was a doting dog and cat grandmama, always ready with treat gifts at Christmas. She was also a devoted wife, having lost her first beloved husband, Mike, to untimely illness, then later unexpectedly found love again with Cy, a WWII veteran and retired teacher who was a loving companion to her for 24 years. Sharon was an Oberlin graduate, had studied Cicero’s speeches in Latin as a classics major, spoke several languages fluently, was a Biblical scholar, a worldwide traveler who loved adventures and discovering world cultures, as well as a sports enthusiast who had once walked enough trails to make the length of DC to LA! She was generous of spirit, heart and mind, and she always embraced life experiences with unparalleled energy, endlessly giving of herself, her time, her faith, grace, beauty, elegance, joy, and kindness. She was a longtime Bridging Communities, and Meals on Wheels volunteer, touching the lives of so many there too, and she began drumming lessons at 71 then joined a band (as the sole percussionist), and she also took up origami, gifting baskets of 90 cranes at a time, which she meticulously folded after writing blessings and prayers enclosed as gifts to those around her. She was wise, beautiful, smart, talented, humble, an amazing cook, a faithful friend, a loyal presence, a deeply devout and spiritual soul, a passionate gardener, a voracious reader, a phenomenal cruciverbalist, a pink ribbon battle survivor, a pianist, a competitive marching bands fan, and she loved films, the arts and culture. Her life, her love, her humor, beauty and laughter were, and remain, a gift and eternal inspiration, a living angel, to us and all she touched. May the Lord bless and keep your soul. We love you and miss you so much. One in a million, and lucky you were ours, Moekie.
Visitation is at Bagnasco & Calcaterra, 13650 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 on Monday, July 13, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be in-person visitation; for those unable to attend, you may click on this link to virtually join in at 6:58 p.m. EST for the rosary. A funeral mass for Sharon will be held on Tuesday, July 14, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Parish Church, 31555 Hoover Rd, Warren, MI 48093, where she will lay in state at 10:30 a.m., with the mass at 11 a.m. After the mass, a procession will take her to her final resting place at White Chapel Cemetery, 621 W Long Lake Rd, Troy, MI 48098, for a grave site interment (plan for a brolly if it rains!).
Sharon loved pets and was a nonprofit supporter; any gift you might consider in her memory to a pet rescue or charity of your choice seems fitting with her spirit. The funeral home also cannot accept any food or beverage that might be contributed due to the pandemic situation. Facial masks and social distancing must be observed at all sites due to the current pandemic.
Please follow the link below to virtually join the service.
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