Sharon (Thompson) Clunk was born on January 28, 1936, in Davison County, South Dakota to Raymond and Helen (Hanson) Thompson. She passed away on December 21, 2018. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church 9590 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, Arizona at 10:00am. Sharon’s hometown memorial will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, South Dakota. Burial service following at Graceland Cemetery, Mitchell, SD.
She often shared happy memories of family and friends growing up in Mitchell, South Dakota. The Lutheran and Norwegian communities were also a big part of her life. In 1958, after graduating from Augustana University, Sharon began her thirty-eight year elementary teaching career in Southern California. In Long Beach, CA she met Louis Allen Clunk singing in the choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. They were married on July 1, 1960 at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, SD. She continued her love of learning and education by finishing her Masters of Education Degree at Long Beach State College. Teaching was Sharon’s passion, she loved the classroom and her students. She cherished the many long lasting friendships she developed with both her former students and her fellow teachers. She also loved an active social life. She especially enjoyed time with her two granddaughters, Annika and Natalie. You’d also find Sharon playing bridge, knitting, reading, attending an opera, symphony or ballet, as well as participating or organizing many social events. She was an active member of several organizations, her favorites were Sons of Norway, AAUW, and the Villa Monterey HOA. She also found time to volunteer at Opera Pacific, The Phoenix Symphony, Tempe History Museum and at her granddaughters’ schools.
Her legacy passes on through her son Dieter, daughter-in-law Paula. and two grandchildren Annika and Natalie. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Nancy Smith, nieces Holly (Biaggio) Ferrantes and Heidi (William) Lyon, her dear cousin Audrey (Harlyn) Threadgold and many other friends and family members around the globe. Preceding her death were her parents, her husband, and her sister Sandra (Robert) Jasek.Print Obituary & Condolences