Sharon S. Heidner Winans
Dec. 4, 1941 – Nov. 19, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. — Sharon S. Heidner Winans, Williamstown, N.J., went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. She was 78.
Sharon was born Dec. 4, 1941, in Ottawa, the daughter of Lloyd and Julia (McFadden) Heidner. She went to a rural school in Kansas and graduated valedictorian from high school at Appanoose in 1960.
Sharon was not only academically gifted, but she was also involved in all school activities, such as cheerleading, plays, girls’ choir, band, basketball, volleyball, track and she was Queen of Courts.
She was a graduate of Emporia State University, Emporia. She was a teacher for two years in Olathe, before marrying her husband on Aug. 5, 1966. He was an elementary principal at Appanoose School, where she had attended elementary and high school.
After their marriage, they both became teachers at Shawnee Heights Schools, Topeka. She taught 19 years in elementary schools, including Olathe, Tecumseh North, and Berryton Elementary. Sharon was an outstanding teacher and was highly recognized by parents of students that she taught.
One of her main mission in life was to set a good example and to touch, especially children’s lives, with lots of care and needs in school and at home. She taught children primarily ages six to eight. They were her life and concentration until she and Brock became parents of Beth by adoption. A gift from God, Beth was born on her grandmother Julia’s birthday. They were the happiest, blessed couple in America. God had shown his strength, wisdom and faithfulness to them. They were truly blessed.
Sharon tried to be as good of a mother to Beth as her mom was to her. The Winans spent many hours attending fast-pitch girls softball, basketball and volleyball supporting their daughter, Beth. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Sharon remained home teaching and nurturing her daughter until she reached fifth grade. She then chose to go back to work and continue her teaching career, by teaching first grade. This was a challenge, but yet rewarding for her. Over the 19 years of teaching, the words “a job well done,” from any parent of a child she taught, was her greatest reward. She was highly respected by the administrators.
Professionally, Sharon had received a bachelor’s degree in elementary teaching in 1964. Later, she received her master’s degree in education in 1974 and took on 27 hours at colleges beyond her master’s. She still remains an honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi for Stoffer Scholars from college.
Sharon was a devoted member of Cross Keys United Methodist Church, Williamstown, N.J. The church, the home and the family together with the school are the influence for children of today and yesterday. Her prayer, with God’s help, was that her small contributions have made some small difference to many small children. She loved God and trusted in Him. After attending church, she enjoyed going to Geets diner with her husband and church friends.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Julia Heidner; her grandparents, Jesse and Jennie Oakman Heidner and Henry and Hannah Peart McFadden; her twin children, Jamey and Jon and Michelle Winans. at their birth.
She was a beloved wife, of 54 years, to Brock J. Winans; devoted mother of Elizabeth A. “Beth” Israels; loving grandmother of Gregory Kousoulis, Lauren Kousoulis and Brandon Israels; treasured great grandmother of Isabel; adored sister of Terry Heidner; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; dear sister in law of Carl Winans (the late Wanda), Rev. Donald Winans (Lola), Rachel Winans, Raymond Winans Rachel Winans and Madge Freeman (Rev. Mark Freeman).
A visitation will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Cross Keys United Methodist Church, 1644 N. Main Street, Williamstown, N.J. 08094. Due to current capacity restrictions, the memorial service will be held privately for family. Burial will be held privately.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Keys United Methodist Church Youth Group, 1644 N. Main St., Williamstown, N.J. O8094.
Sympathy cards may be sent in care of Farnelli Funeral Home, 504 N. Main St., Williamstown, N.J. 08094.