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Leo J. Sham, a resident of St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage, passed away at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Jameson Hospital, of complications from surgery. He was 89. 
Mr. Sham was born June 30, 1928, in Sharon, a son of John and Pauline (Bernard) Shamodosky.
A lifelong area resident, he attended the former St. Ann Parochial Grade School, Farrell, and was a 1946 graduate of Sharon High School, where he was a standout basketball player. Leo had a successful career in life insurance sales and retired as vice president of sales for Protected Home Mutual Life Insurance Co., Sharon. 
He was a longtime active member of St. Joseph Church, Sharon. Having enjoyed sports throughout his life, Leo played for the Diamond Café traveling fast pitch softball team during the 1950s in the Independent league and for the Westinghouse team where he was employed before entering the life insurance industry. He also coached the Protected Life basketball team during the Hoyle tournament in the early 1970's and was a fan of Sharon High School sports, the San Francisco Giants and the NFL. More recently, he enjoyed golfing, bowling and horse racing.
Leo was also a professional musician and, earlier in his life, had the honor of playing with Guy Lombardo. 
Surviving is his wife of 68 years, the former Marilyn Rose Kelly, whom he married May 28, 1949, and a resident of St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage; three children, William L. Sham and his wife, Jane, of Sharon, Vickie L. O'Hara, also of Sharon, and Kelly M. Rudge and her husband, Frank, of Hermitage; six grandchildren, Ashley Sham, Lee Sham and his fiancee, Kamala Black, Morgan and Jared Rudge, Neal O'Hara nd Marilyn Evans and her husband, Greg; and two great-grandchildren. 
Leo was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and a brother. 
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John XXIII Home, 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, PA 16148. 

Leo J., 89, a resident of St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday (1-14-18) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHome andCrematory.com.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday (1-15-18) in the Roncalli Center of St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage, with the Rev. Thomas Whitman, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Sharon, as celebrant. 
Interment: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on January 12, 2018
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