Sharon Lynch Laughlin

November 24, 1935April 19, 2013

Sharon Lynch Laughlin, 77, died peacefully at her home with family by her side on April 19, 2013 in Surprise, AZ. She was born November 24, 1935 in Toledo, OH to Walter and Catherine Lynch. Sharon was a graduate of Saint Mary's College of Nursing in South Bend, IN. She received her Master's degree at San Diego State University. She was a hospital nurse in the emergency room and the neonatal intensive care unit. Sharon was also an elementary and secondary school nurse. She served on the board of the Phoenix Children's Hospital, and was adjunct professor at Arizona State University. She was an advocate for children's healthcare. Sharon was the beloved wife of 52 years to David Thomas Laughlin. She was a devoted and inspiring mother to nine children, who occasionally threw her curve balls, Martin, Padraic, Joseph, Brendan (Celia), Moira, Sean, Tadhg, Sheilagh (Todd) Gibbons. Sharon was a proud grandma to Cassandra, Patrick, Ryan, Anna Beth, Margaret, Michael, Conor, Declan, and Claddagh-Rose. She was a beautiful sister to Martin (Carolyn), Robert and Sarah (Paul) Ramsey. She was a fun-loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Sharon is preceded in death by her brother Larry, son Michael, grandson Aidan, and nephew Jim, who are all waiting for her with Saint Peter now. There will be a Mass of the Resurrection at Saint Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 17111 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ on April 24 at 10:30 am with a private burial following at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale. She will be with us every day. Arrangements are entrusted to Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, AZ, please visit Sharon’s online registry at (623) 546-8002.


  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 24, 2013
  • Committal Service Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Celia Laughlin

April 25, 2013

It's just not as beautiful without Sharon. She was the kindest mother in law and so loving to me. What a blessing it was to have known her and to be welcomed to the family by her. She is one great example of a life lived right.

Betsy Sherf

April 24, 2013

Dear Hearts...All of the Sherf Family extends our love and embrace to all the beloved Laughlins. You are one of the great examples of a devoted Catholic family. Sharon was compassionate and gifted and adored her family. She inspired me. The Sherf boys...Ryan, Chris, Alex and Patrick join their parents in toasting her beautiful life. May you each receive the peace of God as you return her to Heaven. She'll leave the light on for you!

Colleen Lawrence (Laughlin)

April 24, 2013

Aunt Sharon was the best Aunt EVER! Such a wonderful person! She will be truly missed. My heart goes out to Uncle David and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Colleen, Corey, Parker and Mikaleen

Maureen Lynch Gaither

April 24, 2013

Aunt Sharon had a unique way of making you feel special and like the only person in the room whenever she talked to you. She was kind, gentle and put her family first - always. I feel so blessed to have known and loved Aunt Sharon. You guys are all in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could be there to give you all a big hug and share memories. Love to you all.

Heather Lundy

April 24, 2013

Your family has always been very special to me and Mrs. Laughlin was the epicenter of all that love and laughter. My love to you all.

Maureen Campbell (Laughlin)

April 24, 2013

She was the Best God Mother in the world. She left so many wonderful memories that I will never forget. Your my Angel!!

Theresa Janzen

April 24, 2013

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Maureen & Suyko

April 24, 2013

The whole Laughlin family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Noreen Milder Cheng

April 23, 2013

My sympathy to all of the Laughlins. I knew your family many years ago in Winfield when I babysat for the younger kids. I remember your mom's quick wit and unmatched love for her children. May your wonderful memories carry you through this difficult time.

Paul Koch

April 22, 2013

I'm very sorry to hear of Mrs. Laughlin's passing. I had many great times with her family and often hope that I am instilling in my children the same love of life, family, and friends that she and Mr. Laughlin did. My best to the whole family. We miss you back here in Elmhurst.