Sharon Ruth Paradise

July 15, 2023
Sharon Ruth Paradise

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Sharon Paradise, 70, Williamsburg, VA, passed away on July 15, 2023 following her valiant five-year fight with cancer.  She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Alfred A. “Chip” Paradise, Jr, her daughters, Lauren Paradise of Chicago, IL and Allison Paradise of Virginia Beach, VA, her granddaughter, Kenley Paradise Porter, her sister Jean Steinbacher, and her brothers, Galen Menne [Carolyn], Marvin Menne [Sherry], and Gary Menne [Nancy].  Sharon was preceded in death by her father Russell Menne, her mother Florence Menne and her brother Kenneth Menne.

Sharon was born on March 13, 1953 in Williamsport, PA, and graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 1971.  In 1972, Sharon and Chip met at Penn State University in State College, PA and were married on July 27, 1974. Sharon and Chip settled in Northern Virginia shortly after their marriage and spent 40 years in the Herndon/Reston area raising their two daughters.

Sharon spent over 25 years working as a school administrator for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and was a beloved presence at Franklin Middle School and Chantilly Academy during those years. While she enjoyed her work with FCPS, Sharon’s primary passions were shopping, thrifting, cooking, gardening and the decorative arts. She was a skilled interior designer, artist, and crafter and her artistic eye is evidenced in and around her home. Sharon was a champion shopper with a keen ability to find a good deal and secure just the right items to pull an outfit or a room together.

In 2014, Sharon retired to Williamsburg, VA, settling into a new life in Colonial Heritage where she was delighted to meet her new neighbors and dive right into the community, getting involved in and ultimately serving as Social Chair for several years. Her impact was felt immediately, and with her outgoing personality and her love of a good party or a rousing board or card game, she immediately cultivated a strong group of friends who buoyed her spirit and kept her laughing. Her favorite community activity to plan was the regular trivia night.  Her skill at crafting questions and being an engaging emcee was well-known both inside and outside Colonial Heritage.

In addition to her involvement in the community, Sharon’s main joy in life was spending time with family and friends. She cherished her time with Chip, her two girls, and her granddaughter and loved sharing her favorite pastimes with them. Activities such as creating an annual Christmas craft, playing a game of Mexican Train or Bananagrams, and regular visits to the local thrift stores brought treasured memories to her family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on August 19th at 1:00 PM at the Colonial Heritage Clubhouse, 6500 Arthur Hills Drive, Williamsburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, or Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CKHD).

Celebration of Life

Saturday, August 19, 2023
1:00 PM

Colonial Heritage Clubhouse - Directions
6500 Arthur Hills Drive
Williamsburg , VA 23188

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  • August 23, 2023
    Jean McCormack says:
    I was deeply saddened to learn of Sharon’s passing. She was beautiful, vibrant, funny, smart and the world is a little less bright since July 15th. I send my condolences to Chip, Lauren, Ali and Kenley! You were the lights of her life, and I know that your pain will be tempered with the memories of her total devoting her life and talents to you. God Bless you and her soul!❤️

  • July 29, 2023
    Barbara Torrey says:
    I worked with Sharon at Franklin. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May fond memories sustain you through this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Barbara Torrey

  • July 29, 2023
    Terri Grant matus says:
    I worked with Sharon at Franklin Middle School for many years. I cannot remember a "time" that she wasn't THERE. Her job varied over the years, but her enthusiasm for her "job" never faltered. Always with a smile, sometimes a wink, she did all that she could to help others make their day a little better. My most meaningful memory is Sharon in 2005. My younger daughter was getting married. And, my older daughter's child, my second granddaughter, was born with a genetic syndrome. With that syndrome came considerable care including a feeding tube for "our Allyson" who was 9 months old at the time. We needed someone to care for her during the wedding evening while we were celebrating at the reception. I did not blink an eye. The PERFECT caregiver was Sharon! She didn't "blink an eye" when I asked her to care for "our Allyson." (she liked the name!) She and Chip came to the Key Bridge Marriott (I think we even fed them!) to take care of Allyson aka Ally for the evening. Instructions for the feeding tube filling every few hours did not deter Sharon. Other instructions for Ally's care did not make her flinch. She was ALL IN as Sharon was always ALL IN. She said, "I will just cuddle her and love her all night!" And, THAT is what she did. None of us were the least bit nervous that Sharon would not do everything in order for Ally to be comfortable. Some used to call Sharon the "baby whisperer" because with her arms, heart, and love she could soothe any crying baby that came into Franklin. ALWAYS! That was Sharon. My gratitude for the love she showed to my family that day will never be forgotten. I know that Sharon's legacy of loving and caring for others has been instilled in Lauren, Allison, and Kenley as they move forward with their lives. Sharon was truly a unique individual. Caring. Loving. Giving. and always FUNNY! God bless her and the lives she has touched. I am a better person for knowing her. God bless you all. Terri Matus

  • July 29, 2023
    Terri Grant matus says:
    I worked with Sharon at Franklin Middle School for years! I cannot recall a "day" that she wasn't there, pitching in, caring, doing, moving, shaking, and making things happen so everyone's day would be a little better! My many memories include one in Augut of 2005. Without all the "background details" I will summarize in this way. My granddaughter, Allyson, (Sharon loved the name!) was born with a genetic syndrome. She was on a feeding tube as a 9 month old infant. My daughter, Ashli, was being married, and WE needed the PeRFECT babysitter/caregiver for Allyson during the wedding event. Without a blink of my eye, I KNEW Sharon was the perfect person to care for "our" Allyson that day/night. Sharon was in no way "unnerved" by the feeding tube instruction or anything else she was "instructed" to do. Her words were: "No worries, I will just hold and love her all night!" WELL! That is what she and Chip did at the Key Bridge Marriott while we danced the night away. Not once did Allyson's mom and dad have a single "worry" because we all KNEW she was in the hands of an angel named Sharon. That was the most beautiful gift anyone could have given to our family. That gift that Sharon willingly offered to all...her helping hands and her love. God bless Sharon's life and I know that her legacy of loving others has been passed to Lauren, Allison, and Kenley. God bless your lives and you move forward with "big hands and big shoes" to fill. YOU will do it because Sharon raised you that way. With love to all, Terri Matus

  • July 27, 2023
    Al Paradise posted an image:
    Chip & Sharon:  their younger years together
    Chip & Sharon: their younger years together