Sharon Rae Richter-James

November 18, 1952 - March 5, 2019

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Sharon Rae Richter-James, beloved wife of the late Mark James, loving mother of Katie (Brian) Kennedy, sister of Sandy Cook and Gary (Karen) Richter and aunt of Ashley Coronado, Ryan Richter, Steve Cook and Kevin Cook. Sharon was dedicated to helping families at Beech Acres Parenting Center. She passed away March 5, 2019 at the age of 66. Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Hodapp Funeral Home 6410 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. Liberty Twp., OH 45044 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Yosemite Conservancy 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 1700 San Francisco, CA 94104.


Ami - Mar 12, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with Sharon's family. I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Sharon was so loving, compassionate, hard-working and sincere. She will be sorely missed by so many. Sharon had such an impact on and touched so many lives. May her perpetual light shine upon her loved ones. God Bless
Carolyn Whitehead - Mar 11, 2019
Dear Katie. I just learned about Sharon's passing. I trained her and was her supervisor for many years at Beech Acres. She was such a wonderful person and talked about you all the time. We have lost such a fantastic person. Praying for the family. Love Carolyn.
Patricia Koch - Mar 10, 2019
Many blessings to your family. I am so grateful to have shared time with Sharon. She and I shared a great supportive connection in our work. We loved stories and found humor to be a great way to share time and lift each other up. I know she has given you all many memories and gifts to share. Be well on your journey.
Julianne - Mar 9, 2019
I want to share what my 14-year old daughter Lily posted to Instagram this past week after learning of Sharon’s passing: I am posting this today because I am here to say that YOU matter. and I matter. we all have a place in this giant, wonderful world. today I lost someone who meant a whole bunch to me, my “life coach” of sorts. she taught me that love is everywhere, and that everyone has good in them. she taught me to accomplish my dreams and never give up, even when times are hard. she taught me that some of the best things in life require patience and perseverance. I always left her appointments with a big smile on my face, because she was the kind of person who lit up a room. she taught me to be like her. to stay positive, and to be a lasting influence on others. she taught me that it’s okay to have emotions and it’s okay to open up to people. she always believed in me, even when I didn’t. and so I pass her message to you. do what you love. because you are strong, and you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to. because I believe in you. and the world believes in you. you will always have a place in this crazy planet of ours. because above all else, you matter. may you Rest In Peace, Sharon. I miss you dearly.
keith scott - Mar 9, 2019
My Prayers go out to the surviving family members of Sharon James. May God comfort and keep you during this loss of love one. I started working at Beech Acres around the same time as Sharon. I remember we participated in a role-play activity during one of our trainings. Sharon's role was my mother and I was her unruly child. She was supposed to demonstrate coping interventions to calm her child and unfortunately I improved and refused to yield no matter what she tried. She became so ( genuinely upset with me) later we laughed, and ever since that training some 18 years ago it was our running joke to call each other Mom and Son. I will miss her.
LJ - Mar 9, 2019
The years of our life are fleeting. Without intervention, we would all say goodbye to those we love, or they would say goodbye to us. Wonderfully, God has promised to intervene. “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3, 4) God will destroy death and remove the pain it has caused by restoring those who have died back to life. Yes, it will be like he wiped the tears from our eyes, when we are reunited with those we love. I am very sorry for your loss.
Don Buchheit - Mar 8, 2019
Dear Katie Georgia and I are so saddened to hear of the death of you mother. Though we didn't know her, we know that if she was anything like her daughter Katie that she must have been a wonderful giving and generous person. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time Katie.
Beverly Sizemore - Mar 8, 2019
Dear Katie, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. She was a good friend and we had a lot of fun working together. She is one of the most special ladies I have had the pleasure to be friends with. Sharon always made me laugh no matter how the day was going. We always talked about her beloved Katie and how you were doing. Katie you were the joy in your mother's life. I will never forget your mother and I will keep you in my prayers.
Lisa McDonnald - Mar 8, 2019
I was so very surprised to receive the call from my sister notifying me of Sharon's passing. We got to catch up with each other at Angel and Steve's vow renewal last August. I'm glad we had that opportunity. Sending healing prayers to the family and keeping them in my thoughts.
Joel - Mar 8, 2019
Katie, I was shocked to learn of Sharon's passing. I had just spoke with her that afternoon. I'm sorry for your loss and for everyone who encountered Sharon. We had many wonderful talks and discussions on many subjects. She was one of the most helpful, wonderful souls I have ever met. The world lost an outstanding person. She will be greatly missed.
Tiffiny Dooley - Mar 8, 2019
Dear Katie, there on only a rare few people in our lives we meet and immdiately find them to be kindred spirit— that is what happened when I met your mom. There are no words that can express how I cherished every meeting and phone call. She was such an uplifting person. I hold and will cherish the memories of Sharon in my heart. My 9 year old son who would often accompany me to visits and talk with her after our phone appointments was crushed this evening to hear she was gone. He carries her business card she gave him with her number on it “in case he ever needed to call and chat about his siblings or anything bothering him”.” He was crushed he never got to show her his new custom tailored suit they had talked about several times. She was amazing and I’m so sorry she’s no longer with us physically... however her kindness and loving gentle ways shall never be forgotten. My love and prayers are with you
kathleen rodenberg - Mar 7, 2019
I was so shocked to learn of Sharon's death. Although I am unable to attend the memorial services, I will keep Sharon and her family in my thoughts.
Pam - Mar 7, 2019
Dear Katie, There are times when we meet a person and immediately find a kindred spirit, that is what happened when I met Sharon. There are no words that can ease this pain for you and all who loved Sharon. I hold and will lovingly guard the memories of Sharon in my heart. My love and prayers are with you.
Sue Sivertson - Mar 7, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss!! So is our team! Your mom was kind, dedicated and a true asset to our team. She will be missed.
Teri Compton - Mar 7, 2019
Dear Katie, I am so deeply sorry with your mom's passing. I had worked with your mom for the last 5 years at Beech Acres. She was a trusted colleague and a wonderful and inspiring person. Her legacy will live on in each of us that had the privilege to know her and call her friend.