Sharon Val Marie Thesberg - After travelling to every continent in the world (a total of 33 countries) Sharon Thesberg has now gone to the best place there is. Sharon died July 9, 2010 at the Leduc Hospital at the age of 61 years, only 15 days after being diagnosed with cancer. Sharon Val Marie Thesberg was born in Innisfail on February 14, 1949 during one of the worst blizzards. Sharon attended Spruce View School and then went on to the University of Calgary where she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree. She taught for 35 years at various schools in Calgary, Hay River, Ft. McMurray, Thorsby and New Humble Center. She retired in 2005 as principal of New Humble Center School. Sharon is predeceased by her parents Esther and Niels Thesberg, her sister, Ann Lane, her brother-in-law Charles Lane and her brother Norman Thesberg and her nephew Ben Gherasim. She is survived by her brother Axel Thesberg, her sister-in-law Sharon Johnson of Toronto, her nieces and nephews Gloria Gherasim (husband Rob) of Calgary, Leonard Lane of Oyen, Vernon Lane of Three Hills, Kirsten Thesberg (husband Tim Leys) of Toronto, Chris Thesberg of Toronto and Mischa Thesberg of Toronto; her great nieces and nephews Alex Gherasim of Calgary, Zachary and Mikayla Leys of Toronto, her aunts Thora Kemtrup of Innisfail and Ella Rose (husband Bob) of Calgary and numerous cousins in Canada, Denmark and the United States. Sharon was an amazing person to so many people. She had a huge circle of friends and made each one of us feel like we were her very best friend. She had a love for life and her positive encouragement helped so many people. She would often be heard to say, "I'm so proud of you." She reminded us to focus on what was good even when things got tough. She also taught us to be patient..."Just wait...God has good things in store; just trust." She was Scrabble champion extraordinaire. Who knows... just maybe now she's met her match. Sharon was an avid reader and had an exceptional ability for story writing. Sharon loved history and cherished her Danish heritage, working very hard on the Danish National Museum Board. She was also very involved in her church and had recently given of her time to offer grief counselling sessions. Laughter just filled the air when Sharon was in the room. Even in the hospital she reminded us that we needed to never stop laughing. Think about her telephone message..."Hi, it's Sharon, leave me a fun and exciting message..." Sharon was truly a teacher to us all. Without her realizing it, her teaching was continual and we all learned so much from her, including how to accept her untimely death. She told us, "Don't worry about me. I am at peace with this. God will be with me." In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church 4606-48 Street, Leduc, AB T9E 5X4, the Canadian Cancer Society or The Danish Canadian National Museum, Box 92, Spruce View, AB. T0M 1V0. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 4606-48 Street, Leduc Alberta T9E 5X4.
Published in the Edmonton Journal on 7/14/2010