March 1, 1944 — January 18, 2022


SPARTA - Sharon (nee Clare) Keene passed away January 18, 2022 at the age of 77. She was born in Philadelphia on March 1, 1944 to Walter Bedloe Clare and Elsie Katherine Clare.

   She graduated from Pennsbury High School in Yardley, PA in 1962 and then joined the Navy where she met her future husband at a USO Dance in early 1963 later marrying in October. They were both discharged in November 1963 and moved to Sparta. After 4 years in Sparta, they moved to Philadelphia for 4 more years and then returned back to Sparta.

   She was an avid quilter and gardener and enjoyed camping. She had deep pride in her Navy service and being born in Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation. Long Involvement in church and Girl Scouts.

   She was very proud of her children and grandchildren. Sharon was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first great grandchild in February. Each summer they all would go Keene Camping at a different campground since 1998.

   Sharon is survived by her husband Howard of 58 years; children Deanne (Richard) Beaudet, Janice (Tom) Johnson; Christian (Jeanette) Keene; and Jenny (Ardaman) Grewal; grandchildren Zachary and Jacob Beaudet, Nicholas Johnson, Amanda and Alexander Keene, and Sarah Grewal; sisters Carol Johnson, Cheri (Carmelo) Diaz and Joanne Clare; brothers-in-law Harold (Karen) Keene and David (Helen) Keene plus numerous nieces and nephews and their families.  She is preceded in death by parents Walter and Elsie Clare and brother-in-law Daniel Johnson.

   Visitation on Saturday, January 22 from 1 - 4 p.m. open to family and friends at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta. Masks required per family’s request. Online condolences may be offered at

   Service on Sunday, January 23 at Congregational United Church of Christ for immediate family and close friends by family invitation. Masks required.

   Memorials, if desired, to Sparta Garden Club or Sparta Boys & Girls Club.

   Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. 

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation