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Schimunek Funeral Home

610 W MacPhail Rd, Bel Air, MD

OBITUARY

Shari Lee Laun

April 2, 1963January 18, 2020
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Shari Lee Laun, peacefully passed away at home on Sat. Jan 18, 2020 after a long 8 yr. battle with ovarian cancer surrounded by the love and care of her life partner Mary Brauns, and other family and friends. Shari was born in Baltimore, MD on April 2, 1963. Beloved daughter of Douglas M. Shriver and the late Sandra Fisher Shriver, sister to D. Scott Shriver. Loving Aunt to Autumn Shriver (Fernando Crespo) and their children Nando and Cristhian, loving cousin to Rebecca Betz and many many others. Shari grew up in Baltimore/Voiletville with the love, support and guidance of generations of family past and present. Shari loved her second home at the beach and to have her face in the sun and toes in the sand. The beach was her happy place. Shari had a passion for music and concerts and was an excellent cook and loved entertaining.

You could find her at a Happy hour with an occasional cosmo or dirty martini in hand. She lived life to the fullest.

Shari graduated from Keough high school and earned her BS from UMBC and her Master’s degree from Towson State University. Shari was a manager for BCPS in the office of Information Technology Project management &Application Services where she was well respected and adored by her close work family. Shari was a devoted friend to so many and it was hard not to fall in love with her wisdom and spirit when you met her.

She loved steamed crabs, Rhebs candy, pasta and ice cream. Loved going to Camden yards and the O's and watching the Ravens. Last but not least Shari loved her puppies Abbey, Frasier, Bella and Tucker.

Relatives and friends may gather at Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air, Inc. 610 W. MacPhail Rd. Bel Air, MD 21014 on Saturday from 12 to 5 PM. A Celebration of Life will begin at 3 PM. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance 1101 14th Street NW Suite 850 Washington, DC 20005 or to BARCS 301 Stockholm St. Baltimore, MD 21230. Online tributes may be left at www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Brauns, Partner
  • Douglas Shriver, Father
  • Sandra Shriver, Mother (deceased)
  • D. Scott Shriver, Brother
  • Loving Aunt to Autumn Shriver (Fernando Crespo) and their children Nando and Cristhian, loving cousin to Rebecca Betz and many many others.

Services

  • Receiving of Friends Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 25, 2020

Memories

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Greg Vukov

January 25, 2020

Shari - your physical being is gone from this earth, but the lives you have touched, the memories with others that you have made, and the people who have been touched with your way of engaging people will live on forever. The ones who got to know the true Shari will miss you forever, and will also keep your soul alive with us. We cannot imagine a world without you as you have had such a giant impact on so many people. But we will have to continue to grip with a world without you - without your smile, without your takks, without your company. While it is hard for some now, it will become harder for everyone else as the day’s, weeks, months, and years past. Be safe friend - be without pain, and God bless you and open his arms for you to start the afterlife. You will be missed, and remembered, forever.

Love Greg V

Deborah Phelps

January 25, 2020

Remembering a friend and a colleague who always had a kind word and gentle smile to those around her. I will always remember our collaborative work on the State of the Schools as we would seat all of the many guests. Shari, sitting at the computer patiently entering the names of the many guests. It was a tedious process but one she embraced and executed with pride and accuracy.
Shari will always hold a special place in my heart....a beautiful soul is never forgotten. God bless!

Angela Paul

January 24, 2020

Rest in peace Shari, you are an inspiration and a true warrior, a pleasure to know! 💖

Diana Cero

January 24, 2020

I'm glad that I had the opportunity of having Shari in my life both as a friend and as a boss. No matter what the situation entailed, she was always compassionate. Taking care of yourself was always a MUST! She always had the desire to make things right and always did it with a smile. May her pain and suffering be of the past and may her wonderful memories be of the future. Shari's family is in my heart and prayers. She will dearly be missed!

Diana Cero
IT, Project Management Specialist

Shelley Disharoon

January 23, 2020

So very sorry for your loss, Mary. May God Bless you for your strength, support, dedication, caring, and love as you and Shari battled this disease. My heart goes out to you and your family.

I’ve known Mary and Shari for many years. We have enjoyed Oriole games, festive events, and parties - of course with the amazing food Shari made. Shari was the reason I applied to work for BCPS. She called me out of the blue and told me I would be perfect for the budget job that just opened in the IT office. What a compliment! Unfortunately, our work relationship did not last as long as I had hoped.

I have prayed each night that Shari would win this battle. She fought like a warrior! Most did not notice her pain because she always put on the professional face at work, even when feeling her worst. She was always about the purpose and getting the job done. However, she never forgot the person – always administering the soft skills, important leadership skills that foster dedication to get tasks accomplished. I’ve always admired Shari for that and mostly notably, how she always made time for everyone and treated all with respect. She was kind and thoughtful, always asking others how they were feeling, consoling or coaching them to never give up as she was facing this monumental uphill climb, all while suffering two recent heartbreaking losses. I remember and will always cherish our many talks and things she shared and taught me about BCPS, IT, her illness, and life.

Shari – You were one of the sweetest human beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and a dynamic smile to go with it. There are no words to comfort, but there is solace in knowing you are free of pain and you are with the Lord, your mom, and your puppies.

Rest well my friend,
Shelley

Stacy Shack

January 22, 2020

Shari and I shared a love of the beach and everything Bethany. We often compared notes and were amazed we had not yet run in to each other on our weekends there.

Prayers and thoughts to her family and those she left behind. Just know she is in a better place and pain free sitting on the beach.

Winopa Mbakop

January 21, 2020

I met Shari in 2012 when I came to work in the Department of Information Technology at BCPS. She was always nice to me. In 2014, I came to know her on a more personal level when she shared that she had cancer. We would have the best conversations about life and maximizing it. At least once a week I would go into her office and say, "Hey, I think you need a hug today." After we hugged, I knew it was me who really needed the hug. Shari was always blatantly honest and very positive even when I knew she was experiencing difficulty. I have missed Shari and will continue to miss her presence in the office. My deepest sympathy to the family and those who dearly loved her.

Liz Merwin

January 20, 2020

I met Shari at a seminar called the FORUM. We exchange numbers. When she called me, I thought is was the people from the FORUM. They are a little bit strange. So, I didn't call her back (which is something I rarely do). She called again. And, it hit me it was Shari. Thank G-d I called her back. We"ve been good friends ever since. She was there for me with an ear and food. I mean who else can take random items from a fridge and make a gourmet meal. When I moved to Balt, I saw Shari more often. When I came over to her house, she said I think this is the only time you eat...when I cook for you
We would hang out at the beach. She introduced me to good wine and, of course, good food.
"GRACIE SANDY PANTS" I love you and will miss you.

Andrea Zachary

January 20, 2020

Shari was indeed full of life. She loved to entertain and was the consummate hostess. She was inquisitive and always interested in her friends’ lives. I will always hear her ready laughter and will sorely miss her phone calls that always started „hey girls”. She is gone too soon.

Greg Vukov

January 18, 2020

Shari and my wife were diagnosed with the same type of cancer within a week apart. Through Shari and my wife’s cancer fight, Shari and I created a unique bond at work. Even in her worse of times Shari would be happy, willing to talk/listen, and. very caring of everyone.

Shari will be extremely missed. I hope all of your pain and stress are now finally put to rest.

- Greg Vukov, Director Department of IT Baltimore County Public Schools

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Biography

Shari Lee Laun, peacefully passed away at home on Sat. Jan 18, 2020 after a long 8 yr. battle with ovarian cancer surrounded by the love and care of her life partner Mary Brauns, and other family and friends. Shari was born in Baltimore, MD on April 2, 1963. Beloved daughter of Douglas M. Shriver and the late Sandra Fisher Shriver, sister to D. Scott Shriver. Loving Aunt to Autumn Shriver (Fernando Crespo) and their children Nando and Cristhian, loving cousin to Rebecca Betz and many many others.

Shari grew up in Baltimore/Voiletville with the love, support and guidance of generations of family past and present. Shari loved her second home at the beach and to have her face in the sun and toes in the sand. The beach was her happy place. Shari had a passion for music and concerts and was an excellent cook and loved entertaining.

You could find her at a Happy hour with an occasional cosmo or dirty martini in hand. She lived life to the fullest.

Shari graduated from Keough high school and earned her BS from UMBC and her Master’s degree from Towson State University. Shari was a manager for BCPS in the office of Information Technology Project management & Application Services where she was well respected and adored by her close work family.
Shari was a devoted friend to so many and it was hard not to fall in love with her wisdom and spirit when you met her.

She loved steamed crabs, Rhebs candy, pasta and ice cream. Loved going to Camden yards and the O's and watching the Ravens. Last but not least Shari loved her puppies Abbey, Frasier, Bella and Tucker.

Relatives and friends may gather at Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air, Inc. 610 W. MacPhail Rd. Bel Air, MD 21014 on Saturday from 12 to 5 PM. A Celebration of Life will begin at 3 PM. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance 1101 14th Street NW Suite 850 Washington, DC 20005 or to BARCS 301 Stockholm St. Baltimore, MD 21230. Online tributes may be left at www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com