Sharon got her wings in the wee hours of March 19, 2021 with her cousin Janice by her side.
Sharon Lee Dressler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 16, 1960, along with her twin sister Shanon, to her loving parents Daniel & Irma Dressler.
Sharon was loved from the moment she arrived as the fourth of five girls.
When the doctors told Irma that Sharon & Shanon had Down’s Syndrome she was told that they would never walk or talk and was advised to put them in an institution. Irma knew that she could not let that happen, and she and Dan brought the twins home where they grew up surrounded by love.
Although Sharon had health challenges as a little girl, she kept on thriving. Not only did she learn to walk and talk, she went to school where she learned to read and write. She also loved to attend Sunday School classes taught by her Mom and could recite Bible verses from memory.
She came to love Jesus and was baptized by her Dad at an early age.
Many years ago, Dan and Irma connected with the Robin Hood Association in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Through their programming, Sharon & Shanon were able to live in a residence and participate in work programs. One of Sharon’s favorite jobs was working in the kitchen.
In 2010, Sharon moved with her sister to Aspen Village in Sherwood Park in an assisted living program. While living there, she enjoyed classes that included scrapbooking, choir, yoga, and massage to name a few! She looked forward to Friday lunch club and weekly visits of the pet therapy dogs.
Sharon had a creative spirit. She loved to cut out the pages of flyers, coupons, and magazines and used them to create works of art on coloured pieces of paper, often sipping on an iced coffee as she worked (one of her favourite treats). She gave many of her creations away to people she loved.
Sharon enjoyed many programs on TV and, next to her Bible, her TV guide was one of her most prized possessions. She knew the names of all the characters on her favourite shows, as well as the names of the actors who played them. She kept us laughing at the stories she had to tell us. Among her favourites were Three’s Company, Days of our Lives, and The Lawrence Welk Show.
As she got older, we started having ‘church’ at home. Her favourites were Hour of Power and Faith to Live By. For music, it was always Gaither Gospel Hour and Time to Sing. What a special time to share with her and hear her sing along. She also loved pop music and, as children, her nieces and nephews always enjoyed listening to her record collection which she borrowed from the local library.
Much like her Dad, Sharon was a social butterfly. She enjoyed visits with family and friends. We all have treasured memories of visits with Sharon: visits to Wendy & Lucas’ place for a backyard BBQ or to sister Grayce & brother-in-law Lyle’s for a weekend of crafting and sing-alongs; she travelled to Wainwright to visit her sister Kathie and brother-in-law Lyle where she got to know all the people working in the church office; and she loved her trips to Manitoba to see her sister Barb and brother-in-law Terry and her niece and nephew and their families where she enjoyed special visits to the family restaurant, Chicken Chef. She enjoyed a very special trip to Maui to dip her toes in the ocean for the first time and attend church on the beach.
We called Sharon ‘our girl’. As a family, she gave us ongoing delight and never-ending love. She is remembered by the hugs she loved to give and receive as well as her smile that lit up every room.
Our thanks and appreciation go out to the caregivers at Aspen Village that helped look after her and gave her the extra love and hugs she always enjoyed.
Sharon is survived by her twin sister Shanon Lynn, her sisters Barb Holliston (Terry), Grayce Rabel (Lyle), Kathleen Holderbein. Nieces & nephews Dana Hunt (Ryan, Matt & Janessa, Jenaya), Christopher Krushel (Lily, Mia, Daniel), Wendy Rabel (Lucas), Scott Rabel (Casper, Maizee), and our beloved cousin Janice (‘the sixth sister’).
She has been joyfully reunited in heaven with her parents Daniel & Irma Dressler & brother-in-law Lyle Holderbein.
We will miss her presence in our lives deeply, and knowing that she is in heaven with her Heavenly Father, our Mom & Dad, and many others gives us comfort and peace.
This is such a difficult time for our family and in our community and the world. We can’t grieve together like we would if things were different. But we can remember Sharon as the beautiful spirit she was: Sharon’s favourite colour was pink (she loved anything pink!), so wherever you are, we encourage you to wear something pink in her honour. As the spring blossoms begin to emerge, think of her whenever you see a pink flower. And, where it’s safe to do so, give someone a big hug and smile when you think of her.