Sharon A. Smith

May 6, 1948September 2, 2020

Sharon Anne (Peterson) Smith, 72, died on September 2nd, 2020 after succumbing to cancer. She was a resident at the Orchards Assisted Living where she had been under the loving care of the staff, as well as, Hospice. Sharon had made many friends In the community over her time there.

"Shar" as she was known, was a devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend to many. She was born in New Britain, CT on May 6th, 1948. Sharon was the daughter of Kenneth and Shirley Peterson. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Osika of Florida and two brothers, Glenn and Bruce Peterson of Meriden and her nieces, Holly and Candy of California.

Sharon grew up in Newington, CT, attending local schools. She resided in many different towns all over the state. Sharon had a long and successful career at The Hartford Insurance Group where she retired as a Compliance Project Manager.

Sharon had a "artistic bent" that permeated everything she did. She loved music, poetry, sewing, art, sketching in pastels and was an excellent self-taught cook who like to experiment with different cuisines, create elaborate menus and knew the importance of food presentation. We have had fond memories over the years: the trips to the family cottage in VT, jaunts to Barkhamsted reservoir and vacationing in FL.

She also loved traveling abroad and visited many places around the world, including: Europe, Belize, South America, Jamaica and the Caribbean islands in general.

A private, graveside service will be held in Newington at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and The Northshore Animal Rescue League. To leave comments and remembrances, please visit


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Heidi coughlin

September 16, 2020

Sharon will be sorely missed! I enjoyed playing games (Mahjong, Rummikub) with her! We had so much fun. May she RIP. My love thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wendy Prell

September 13, 2020

To Dawn (and family),

My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I pray that the warm and beautiful memories that you have will help to sustain you now. May you always treasure memories of the times that were amusing or gave you inspiration. May they strengthen you during difficult times.

Reading about Sharon, I see where Dawn received some of her gifts and creativity. Those shared qualities allow Sharon to shine on through her.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Dawn M. Osika

September 11, 2020

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Jeff Goldberg

September 10, 2020

I met Sharon's daughter Dawn in high school and through our friendship I spent many evenings at the house on the corner of Fairview and South Highland with Dawn and Sharon and Glenn and Bruce playing hearts and just having the best time. Sharon and I developed a spirited competitive rivalry at the game -- we both really hated to lose. But through all the trash-talking, there was a solid foundation of friendship and love. She told it like it was, with a vocabulary all her own, and I loved that about her. Her spirit and pluckiness lives on in Dawn. Rest in Power, Sharon.

Angie Gomez

September 10, 2020

Dawn & Family, Although I only had the opportunity to meet Mrs Smith once, I know for a fact her legacy lives on in her daughter. Dawn has that same creative spark and love of food and presentation. While no words can offer comfort during these difficult times please know that Sharon and the entire family is in my prayers.

Dawn, you carry your mother inside you, you will always be together.


Edward Osika

September 8, 2020

To my amazing wife, Dawn, I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. I know how hard it’s been for you to be strong in helping your mom through difficult times. I am always here for you and love you.

To Bruce and Glenn, my deepest condolences for the loss of your sister. Our thoughts are with you both.

Arthur E Crandall

September 8, 2020

Sharon and my daughter Lynn were only a few months apart and I recall them playing together as really small kids. They got along well together and shared the love of my mother Grammy Crandall. Sharon and Grammy lived together for a few years. Bruce and Glenn also were close to Grammy while they lived on Church St. in Newington. I recall Shirley, Sharon,s Mother singing and playing the piano for the kids Sharon was a nice niece. I,ll recall her forever. Love Uncle Bud

Glenn Peterson

September 8, 2020

Sharon "toughing it out" to climb Huayna Picchu.
(She earned it !)

Dawn Marie Osika

September 6, 2020

Dawn Marie Osika

September 6, 2020


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