Sharon K. Bach-Hartman
(nee Sommers) Entered eternal life on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the age of 77. Sharon is the cherished mother of Harold “Chip” (Suzanne Maleski) Hartman III, Kristen (Rob Cook) Hartman, and Julie Tews. Loving grandmother of Tori, Ellie, Alex and Michael. Dear sister of Mary (Ron) Lannon, Tommy (Gretchen) Sommers, the late Kathy (Alan) Lindberg, Peggy (Jim) Fischer, Tim (Barb) Sommers and the late John Sommers. Further survived by other relatives and friends.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Phyllis Sommers (nee Erickson)
Sharon was born in Madison, and raised in Madison and Milwaukee. She graduated from Messmer High School and started her working career at AC spark plug in Oak Creek. She took on the sports of gymnastics and ice-skating and performed in ice-skating shows and competitions during this time. She also met her first husband Harold Hartman at AC who was an electrical engineer working on the Apollo project. They married and had three children, Chip, Julie and Kristen and moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan From this marriage she was additionally blessed with her grandchildren Tori, Ellie, Alex and Michael, as well as her daughter-in-law Suzanne, future son-in-law Rob, two more granddaughters Jennifer (David), and Michelle (Nicole); as well as great-grandchildren Cole, Logan, Lydia, and Luna.
Divorced in the 1970’s, Sharon moved to Ann Arbor where she started one of her favorite careers with Net Television. After several years in Ann Arbor she decided to make the move back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she took on two part-time jobs at a bakery and a gift shop on the east side of Milwaukee until she found her dream job with Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Her 18 year career involved working as an assistant to several service department managers and directors, who she loved so dearly. Her career highlight was a side job fielding customer and dealer calls about specifications for the antique motorcycles built between the years of 1903 and 1969. After the many years of collecting, and organizing, 63 years of the antique motorcycle information, she created a book published by Harley-Davidson entitled The Legend Begins.
In 1987 Sharon re-met the love of her life, the late John Bach, a career-long police officer with the Milwaukee Police Department. She married John, along with his five children Chris, Mike (Julie) Bach, the late Lori Bach, Curt (Kara) Bach and Mary Bach. She loved each one as her own. From this marriage she also gained several more, much loved, grandchildren Joshua, Amanda, Matthew, Jessica, Trisha, Sophia, Isabella, Lauren, Alexis and Cierra. She was also given the gift of her beloved dog, Barney.
During her final years she lived at Centennial Senior Apartments in Oak Creek where she met many friends and had great times. She battled cancer with over a hundred treatments, tackling them mostly with a smile. She found peace at home, comfortably with family present, on Tuesday morning, October 22, 2019.
A special thanks to Ascension Hospice, as well as Ascension Cancer Center, and Dr. Francis Cuevas. Much love and appreciation for the compassionate and special employees with the Interventional Radiology Department at Ascension Franklin. A special thank you to Centennial Senior Apartments (Sandy and Terry) for your help during this time, and her neighbors and friends for the thoughtful gifts and visits that cheered her up. Thank you to her friend and neighbor, Joanne Ramos for her help, care, love and support, especially over the last year. A heart-felt thank you to Mike Hobbs for his very talented, compassionate and generous Frank Sinatra performance last month…truly a special moment. Thank you best friends Debbie, Michele and Judy for making the journey here from Michigan and Florida for one heck of a reunion. It was “one of the best days of my life” she said, talking about it until the end. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for to the rest of our family and friends who stopped by to visit, laugh, pick up a bottle of brandy or drop off something delicious, deliver flowers, make a phone call, give a hug, kiss, or hold her hand, or to support the family. Your gestures made her final days fun-filled, happy, and peaceful. Thank you to Ed Suminski of Suminski Family Funeral Home for all your help in taking care of Sharon and her whole family over the years. Also, a most special thank you, to Brother Mario Crivello of St Camillus, for not only leading the prayer service, but also for being a lifelong friend to Sharon and a tremendous support to her over the years and in the end! Lastly, to Lisa Fischer-Zimmer and Barb Felder-Sommers…words cannot express…simply incredible!
Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Wisconsin Memorial Park – Chapel of Chimes, 13275 W. Capitol Dr. Brookfield, WI 53005 from 12:00 PM until time of the Funeral Service at 2:00 PM.
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