Sept. 6, 1963-Aug. 16, 2012
DELONG — Shari Kirkland, 48, of Tippecanoe Shores, near Delong, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away, at 12:30 p.m., Aug. 16, in her home.
Shari Lynn Koehne Kirkland was born Sept. 6, 1963 in Hammond, the precious daughter of Robert and Marion Lotz Koehne. Growing up she shared her childhood with three wonderful sisters. Shari was a graduate of North Newton High School of Morocco.
July 6, 2007, Shari and Leslie Kirkland were married on the beautiful banks of the Tippecanoe River. Together they blended a wonderful family of seven daughters and two sons.
Shari loved gardening, watching the hummingbirds on her backyard feeder and enjoying trips down the Tippecanoe River. Her greatest joy was spending time with her large family. Campouts by the kids and grandkids in the backyard were always on. How she loved her many grandchildren, always seen with one or more on her lap. She also had many “adopted” kids that called her “Mom.” She was good at passing out advice filled with love, hugs and kisses. But her very best attribute was making her husband feel very loved.
Shari is lovingly remembered by her husband, Leslie; her mother, Marion Koehne of Rose Lawn; seven daughters, Heather Clemons and husband Stewart of Rose Lawn, Felicia McGraw of Winamac, Nicole Scott and husband Brian of Winamac, Ashley Kirkland of Tampa, Fla., Christina Kirkland of Riverview, Fla., Lesley Ann Kirkland of Delong, Sarah Kirkland of Akron; two sons, Dell Kirkland of Rochester, Jeffery Kirkland of Delong, 14 grandchildren and expecting the arrival of three more; three sisters, Debbie Benge and husband Arthur of Tucson, Ariz., Denise Dyke and husband Bryan of Marceline, Mo., Michelle Sajdyk and husband Danny of Hopkinsville, Ky.; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Cannon and husband Charles of Leiters Ford, Robin Minix and husband Mark of Kewanna; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Doris Kirkland of Riverview Fla.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her father.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 12 p.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. in Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Bob Metzger will officiate. A private family burial will take place later in the Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is lovingly entrusted with arrangements.