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Sharon Ann (Smithwick) Koneazny

SOUTHFIELD, Mass. — Sharon Ann (Smithwick) Koneazny, 51, of Southfield, Mass.,died unexpectedly, and too soon, on July 10, 2019.

Sharon was born Aug. 1, 1967, in Waterbury, Conn., to Ruth Ann (Howard) and Robert Smithwick.

The family moved to Salisbury when Sharon was young. Sharon attended Salisbury Central School and graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School a distinguished athlete, her field hockey and softball teams playing All State. 

After her designation as “Class Clown,” Sharon continued delighting people throughout her life with her razor-sharp yet gentle wit and offbeat sense of humor.

Sharon graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of General Studies. Shortly thereafter she took a summer job at the Snack Shack where, while scooping ice cream, she met her future husband, Jim Koneazny.

Together they raised five children, Christine, Colleen, Mary, John and Michael. Sharon’s unwavering Catholic faith and generous spirit made their home a hive of creative activity and love. Every significant (or even insignificant) holiday saw their house filled with multi-generational family and friends with doors always open to all.

Sharon’s great love was her family and her faith; she delighted in taking care of others, and worked tirelessly to make everyone’s life just a little bit easier, and more joyful. Her selfless spirit touched souls far and wide. 

In the early 1990s Sharon owned and operated “TK Specialties,” an advertising specialties company with a large clientele based throughout the Northwest Corner. After the birth of her first child she sold the company and joined her husband in managing Peerless Tree Service. Sharon obtained a degree as a Turf Specialist from Purdue University. She was the office manager at Peerless and also coordinated all pest control and turf management crews for the company. 

She is survived by her husband, James; her daughters, Christine (engaged July 9 to Duncan Stafford of Great Barrington), Colleen and Mary, and sons John and Michael, all of Southfield; her mother, Ruth Ann Smithwick of Salisbury; her mother-in-law, Eloise Koneazny of Southfield; her sister, Sheila Koneazny and her husband, Paul, of Mill River; and her brother, Robert Smithwick Jr. and his wife, Laurie, of Charlotte, N.C. Sharon also leaves her sisters-in-law, Jean Pollock and her husband, Patrick, of New Marlborough, Joan Lempka and her husband, Wayne, of Millbrook and Jenifer Clarke and her husband, Mark, of Lakeville; and more nieces and nephews than you can shake a stick at.

Calling hours will take place at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home in Great Barrington  on Friday, July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. A private Requiem Mass for family and parishioners will be offered at Finnerty and Stevens on Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. Any and all who wish to join the family at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in North Canaan for burial at noon on Saturday are welcome. A reception at Bogie’s Restaurant in Great Barrington will follow.

Flowers and Mass cards are welcome. Memorial donations may be made to Gregory the Great Academy through Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. 

To send remembrances to her family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.