Mrs. Beverly M. Morton Sharpe

February 12, 1931December 3, 2012

UNCASVILLE – Beverly M. Sharpe, 81, formerly of Uncasville, died on Monday at Birch Manor Skilled Nursing Center in Chicopee, MA. She was born in Providence, RI on Feb. 12, 1931 to the late Norris T. and Lillian (Rafter) Morton. As the daughter of an army chaplain, Beverly traveled extensively at a young age in Europe and the U.S., including Alaska, eventually graduating from high school in Germany. Beverly married her beloved husband George on October 27th, 1956 in Providence RI. He predeceased her in 2002. Until her retirement, Beverly had a long and respected career as an R.N. at the former Uncas on The Thames Hospital, and upon its closing, finishing the last few years of her career at the Norwich State Hospital. Her profession allowed her to provide the most delicate of care to patients suffering from terminal illnesses, and as such, many people whom she encountered were on the receiving end of her positive, nurturing and loving nature. For decades Beverly volunteered at the First Congregational Church in Norwichtown — helping at church fairs and coffee hours, as well as in the music department. She was the “star” of the church choir, where she sang many solo performances. Singing was her passion. When she was young, she had the starring role in a performance of Gilbert & Sulllivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” on a respectable stage, which became her claim to fame. All her life, she would share her beautiful soprano voice at every gathering of family and friends. Until recently, she entertained the residents at the nursing home singing at almost every gathering when it was appropriate or asked of her. “Ave Maria” was one of her favorite songs, and the very difficult “Lord’s Prayer” was one of her most challenging. But Beverly was known to take on challenges. Born blind in one eye and told she would never drive, she would prove all of the experts wrong, finding her only limitation was parallel parking. Beverly loved taking care of her gardens, again demonstrating her nurturing nature. But beyond her caring and loving spirit, Beverly radiated a charming naiveté that drew people to her and that will be missed by many. Beverly is survived by her daughters; Laurie Jean Foreman of Brimfield, MA, and Donna Sharpe-Piacenza and her husband Dominic of Waterford, three grandchildren, Christopher Foreman, Heidi Roberts and Gianna Piacenza, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her sister, Helen Craik. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 4:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Norwichtown. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association by going to their website address at To leave an online condolence, please visit as the Montville Funeral Home of Church & Allen has been entrusted with these arrangements.


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Jed Church

December 18, 2012

To the Sharpe Family,
We are sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I also received your mom's warm and tender care, when my foot was caught within the spokes of my mom's bicycle. I have very fond memories of my childhood on Park Avenue, and the entire Sharpe Family are a part of that.

December 14, 2012

Laurie, Donna and families, We were visitng Jed and his family in Florida when we heard of your Mom's passing. We did not get back to CT in time for her service which we certainly would have attended. Jed and I both wrote a condolence note (from Florida) but for some reason neither got into the guest book. Just wanted you to know how much we thought of your mom (and dad)...good neighbors and good friends. Your mom's obituary was beautiful and truly captured her essence and spirit. She was a lovely person. Sincerely, Carol & David Church

Christine Babinski

December 12, 2012

Dear Laurie and Donna, So sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of your mom. I still think of those chocolate chip cookies she made and how I used to consume more than my share after school. She was always so generous. Her warm smile and gentle spirit will always be a fond memory. Please know my prayers are with you and your family. I so much wanted to offer my condolences in person but my dad was in the hospital at the time and I could not leave him. Love and prayer,
Christine Colonis Babinski

Dave C Church

December 9, 2012

Laurie & Donna,
My condolences for your loss. I have fond memories of your mother from my youth. I remember your mom always being there for us. When I was 5 or 6 I have a foggy memory of bringing a jar of peanut butter I could not open next door and of course she helped me out. My mom was probably a tad embarrassed but it just shows how comfortable she made the people around her feel. Your mom was a kind hearted woman who will be missed by all. Sorry for your loss.
Dave C Church

steve edwards

December 9, 2012

dear laurie and donna, so sorry to hear about your mom, i remember her so very well, we sang in the church choir together for a long time, she was a great singer, and a great person, i'm sure she will be greatly missed.

Diane Chenette

December 8, 2012

Having had the privilege of working ith your mother, I can only add to the emphasis on her warm, caring, and, endearing spirit. She never lost her compassion; while maintaining a sense of professionalism. She was a blessing to all who knew her.

Judy Dailey

December 7, 2012

Laurie and Donna and families: I was so saddened to hear of your mother's passing. What a warm, kind generous woman. We were blessed to have her in our lives. I regret I cannot be with you on Saturday but my love and thoughts will be with all of you.

Diane Betti

December 7, 2012

Dear Laurie and Donna,
We were very saddened to hear of your mom's passing. She was one of the kindess people we have had the pleasure of knowing. May she rest in beautiful, eternal peace. Deepest synpathy, The Betti Family

December 6, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a great lady! You're in my thoughts & prayers.
Jennifer Leone

December 6, 2012

I remember your Mom so well, we all attended the Uncasville Methodist Church, and my dad would sing with your mom, it was so beautiful, also I remember them sharing dessert and coffee around our dinning room table. She had the most loving kind way. Carol Jean Latham Riley