THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Sharon A. Ponzio
Issue Date: October 17, 2019
Sharon A. (Lambert) Ponzio, 76, of Niagara, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.
Born Feb. 28, 1943, in Kingsford, Mi., to the late Otto L. and Julia (Lacni) Lambert, at age 10, she started playing the organ at St. Mary Queen of Peace Church in Kingsford. She grew up in Kingsford graduated from Kingsford High School in 1961and then attended St. Mary Nursing College in Milwaukee.
After nursing school, she worked at an architectural firm as a secretary in Milwaukee. On Feb. 26, 1972, she married Raymond Ponzio at St. Mary Queen of Peace Church. They lived in Niagara where she founded an employment agency and later owned and operated R.J.S. Printing Company with Ruth Connis and Judy Goudreau. In 1995 she owned and operated Julia Rose Bridal Shop in Iron Mountain.
A member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where she played the organ and was a member of the St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women, she served on the Parish and Liturgical Councils and started the Youth Choir.
She was also a member of the Women's Club-Niagara, Zonta International, founding member of the Niagara Theatre Group, Niagara Historical Society and the Ice-Skating Club in Niagara.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Raymond Ponzio of Niagara; two daughters, Anne Marie (Kevin) Shirley, Los Angeles, Ca. and Christina (Brad) Crook, Oshkosh; a sister, Laverne Bauer, Cummings, Ga.; four grandchildren; special friends, Jeri and Roger Allen of Niagara and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Phillip and by two brothers, Robert "Ham" Lambert and Lewis Lambert.
Visitation was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., with Rev. Fr. Michael Lightner officiating. St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women offered a Prayer at the Church and burial was in Niagara Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Niagara Historical Society in her memory. Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Niagara Chapel, Niagara assisted the family with arrangements.