Sharon Jean Ronalter, 69, passed into the arms of her beloved savior on January 6, 2023, after courageously battling illness for many years. She passed peacefully with her family by her side believing passionately in God’s love which provided her great strength and comfort. She was born In Torrington to Frank and Evelyn Ronalter, as their second child and first girl.
She lived her entire life locally in Harwinton, Torrington and Goshen. She is survived by- her son, Jason Ellis, who was also her caregiver over the years. They shared a relationship that was truly special and their devotion to each other grew in both good times and bad. Also, Tonya Verrill, Jason’s companion and friend. Her older brother, Rick Ronalter, his wife, Linda and their children, Ruth and Seth Ronalter. Rick was the big brother that always watched over his little sisters, and he was there for Sharon till the end. Her sister, Debra Nadaskay, her husband Steven and their loving dogs, Lulu and Alfie. Sharon came to live with Deb and Steve, over the last three years where Lulu and Alfie became “her dogs” and would go into her bedroom each night to say goodnight to “Auntie”. Her childhood in Harwinton was wonderful. Sliding in the snow on the hills in our back yard, summers climbing trees in the apple orchard, picnics in the backyard with relatives, riding
bikes on Scoville Hill Road, roller skating in the driveway, playing on the swing set and terrorizing our big brother, Rick, whenever possible. Rick had a hidden talent for building “Barbie” Dream Houses, “Barbie” Fashion Shop and putting bicycles together! Teenage years on Circle Drive in Torrington from barbie dolls and putting on plays, to dating
and learning to drive. Friends that would last a lifetime! Sharon graduated from Torrington High School class of 1971 and took classes at Northwestern Community college. She worked as a switchboard operator at Caldor’s, performed childcare, waitressed and was an administrative assistant for an insurance company. Her favorite profession by far, was being a Mom and raising her son, Jason. From being an Episcopalian, to Pentecostal, to Assembly of God, her love for her Lord grew stronger and more passionately over the years. Sharon loved to share her knowledge and
passion for her faith and the bible, with everyone she came in contact with. She was always available to use her faith to help counsel and comfort whoever needed her.
She was a member of “Women’s Aglow” where her faith grew and blossomed. She did years of volunteer work with the Harwinton Ambulance as a first responder and the American Red
Cross in disaster response. She helped at Cancer Survivor’s Day and Tour of the Litchfield Hills over the years. Her homes were always open to young people who called her “Mom” and benefited from her advice, counsel, food, a place to sleep and a lot of “tough love”. (David, Dan, Henry and Selena)- she loved you all like you were her own. As her health failed over the years, she delighted in trips to the Dollar store, Carvels for a Sundae Dasher with extra sprinkles and chocolate crunchies, a trip to Mohegan Sun to the visit the “sizzling sevens” and any type of shopping.
Our family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all the caregivers who were a part of Sharon’s life over the years from Foothills VNA, VNS of CT, and Charter Oak. Special thanks
to our nurses, Gayle Parks, Becca, Melissa and Janet Lucas. Our state social worker, Linda Dwy. All the incredible aides, caregivers and therapists especially Sue Rinaldi, Aylene Newman, Brenda, Michelle Cser, Sue Barbieri, Rebecca Todd, Linda G, Joyce Kost and so many others. You helped her smile, laugh, giggle and have fun. You respected her limitations and allowed her to find strength in whatever independence she had left. You treated her with such love and dignity and we, her family, will never forget.
To all her providers over the years, especially Dr Jerome Takiff, Dr. Ken Hom, Dr. Silva James, Dr. Fejos and Kevin Dinsmore, Dr. Peck and Matt, Dr. Sunny and Dr Richard Krinsky- .THANK
YOU! We will never forget the loving care and kindness for Sharon and our entire family from the all the staff of CHH ICU who cared for her over the last 3 ½ weeks of her life. The physician
assistants, Nurses, respiratory therapists, patient techs, and housekeeping staff - I wish I could mention you all by name. Your amazing care, expertise, compassion, patience and love will never be forgotten by our family during this most frightening experience. God bless you all and please know what a difference you make to those you care for! From the simple” hello”
when we entered the unit, the “how are you doing” , the hugs, the smiles, respecting our wishes and allowing us to call or visit whenever we needed to, THANK YOU!
To the staff of the fifth floor who cared for Sharon and our family in her final days- THANK YOU! You provided comfort, compassion, caring and a feeling of home. To Pastor Eugene Young and wife, Donita- thank you for your visits at home. To Pastor Garity and Pastor Deloma, thank you for the spiritual comfort you provided Sharon and her family in
those final days. To all our family and friends who have reached out with prayer, songs, support and love, we
could not have done this without you! THANK YOU! We would ask anyone who might want to send a donation in Sharon’s memory to do so to the Goshen Volunteer Ambulance. This squad of volunteers has been there for our family, providing care and support, multiple times over the last three years. Goshen Volunteer Ambulance c/o Goshen Fire Company P.O. Box 193 Goshen, CT. 06756 We hope you remember Sharon for her love of the Lord, her sense of humor, how she loved to dress up, do her hair, nails and makeup, wear jewelry, do crosswords, play sizzling sevens, eat ice cream with sprinkles, go shopping, sing even if she didn’t know the words, loved presents and to cuddle with a soft blanket, also Lulu and Alfie. She will remain with all of us.
Everyone’s memories will be different, but they will all be- what Sharon Ronalter left behind, just for you! Friends and relative may call Thursday Jan. 12 from 5-7 PM at Phalen Funeral Home