Marilyn Rose Sham


Marilyn Rose Sham, 89, formerly of Sharon, passed away peacefully at 11:53 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage, where she has been a resident for more than two years.
Mrs. Sham was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Sharon, a daughter of the late Richard and Gertrude (Copenhaver) Kelly.
She attended the former St. Joseph Parochial Grade School, Sharon, and was a 1947 graduate of Sharon High School.
Marilyn was a devout Catholic and lifetime member of St. Joseph Church, Sharon.
Her husband of 68 years, Leo J. Sham, whom she married May 28, 1949, passed away Jan. 10, 2018.
An exceptional homemaker, Marilyn enjoyed baking and cooking and looked forward to preparing Sunday meals. She cherished her family and loved spending time with them, particularly on Sundays and during the Christmas season. She was a staunch Sharon High Tiger football fan and donated her time as a volunteer for Meals On Wheels and as a poll worker on Election Day.
Surviving are a son, William L. Sham and his wife Jane, of Sharon; two daughters, Vickie L. O'Hara and Kelly M. Rudge and her husband Frank, all of Hermitage; six grandchildren, Ashley Sham, Lee Sham and his wife Kamala, Morgan Rudge, Jared Rudge, Neal O'Hara and Marilyn Evans and her husband Greg; and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Connor.
Besides her parents and husband, Marilyn was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, William and Richard Kelly; and three sisters, Grace Kelly, Dorothy Curtin and Mildred Kaelin.
The family would like to thank a special great-niece, Tracey Mechling, and the staff of St. John XXIII Home for their kindness and exceptional care.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed toward St. John XXIII Home, 2250 Shenango Valley Fwy., Hermitage, PA 16148.

Marilyn Rose, 89, formerly of Sharon.
Calling hours: From 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday (1-11-19) in the Roncalli Center of St. John XXIII Home, Hermitage. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday (1-11-19) in the Roncalli Center, with the Rev. Thomas Whitman, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Sharon, as celebrant.
Interment: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on January 9, 2019
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