OBITUARY

Sharon R. (Strickler) Vian

March 9, 1934January 7, 2019
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Sharon R (Strickler) Vian, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on January 7, 2019, at the Towne House of Fort Wayne. Born on March 9, 1934, in Decatur, she was a daughter of the late Robert G and Ruth P (Hammond) Strickler. As a young woman Shari was employed at International Harvester, later as a nursery school teacher, and then as an administrative assistant at Schnelker Engineering. Her family and raising her children were also extremely important to her. Shari was a social people person, who loved to laugh, have fun, and was a very stylish lady.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Benjamin Riley Vian; daughters, Tami (Kim) Pedler, Trina Vian, and Mindy (Kevin) Wilhelm; siblings, Robert (Mary) Strickler, Carolyn (Joe) Ditto, Roger (Carol) Strickler, and Vicki Strickler; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She was also preceded in death by her son Brent Craig Vian, in 2014.

Funeral service will be 1:30pm, Thursday, January 10, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling from 10:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00-1:30pm, prior to service. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, the family ask memorial donations be given to The Salvation Army of Fort Wayne, 2901 S Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 (260) 744-2311, or the Misty Eyes Animal Shelter, PO Box 1202, Brownsburg, IN 46112, (317) 858-8022.

  • DONATIONS

  • The Salvation Army of Fort Wayne
  • Misty Eyes Animal Shelter

Services

  • Calling Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Calling Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
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Sharon R. (Strickler) Vian

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Gary Waldron

January 12, 2019

Dear Riley:
It is with profound sympathy that we extend our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Shari is now with Brent and in the loving care of God our father. May he comfort you through this time of sorrow and hold in his protective and loving hand.
Sincerely,
Gary & Debra Waldron

Max Brand

January 10, 2019

Dear Riley and family,
Sending heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your loved one.
It was a life well lived. May you fine comfort and peace in the
lifetime of memories you had together.
Sincerely, Max and Yvonne Brand

Sharon Pratt

January 10, 2019

Riley, my deepest sympathy on the loss of Shari. She was a wonderful lady with a great sense of humor and I always enjoyed our conversations and spending time with her at the "Sheikh" gatherings. Shari and my sister Marg always had some good laughs and Shari said it like it was, she didn't waste the words. Her kindness on Marg's passing meant a lot to me.

Riley, have comfort in the memories of the wonderful years you had together and knowing that she is walking with the angels now.

Susie
Tom Sheikh's Sister-in-law

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Biography

Sharon R (Strickler) Vian, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on January 7, 2019, at the Towne House of Fort Wayne. Born on March 9, 1934, in Decatur, she was a daughter of the late Robert G and Ruth P (Hammond) Strickler. As a young woman Shari was employed at International Harvester, later as a nursery school teacher, and then as an administrative assistant at Schnelker Engineering. Her family and raising her children were also extremely important to her. Shari was a social people person, who loved to laugh, have fun, and was a very stylish lady.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Benjamin Riley Vian; daughters, Tami (Kim) Pedler, Trina Vian, and Mindy (Kevin) Wilhelm; siblings, Robert (Mary) Strickler, Carolyn (Joe) Ditto, Roger (Carol) Strickler, and Vicki Strickler; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She was also preceded in death by her son Brent Craig Vian, in 2014.

Funeral service will be 1:30pm, Thursday, January 10, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling from 10:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00-1:30pm, prior to service. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, the family ask memorial donations be given to The Salvation Army of Fort Wayne, 2901 S Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 (260) 744-2311, or the Misty Eyes Animal Shelter, PO Box 1202, Brownsburg, IN 46112, (317) 858-8022.