After nearly a 10 year battle with Dementia, Sharon Lee Reitan went home to be with the Lord
on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Born on May 19th, 1936 in Portland, Oregon to Richard Gray and Solveig (Sally Ellingsen) Robinson. Sharon grew up with her sister Judy in Port Madison, Washington.
Sharon graduated in 1954 with friends that she continued to see her entire life. She referred to Bainbridge Island as the “Greatest Place on Earth” in the 40s and 50s.
Active her entire life, Sharon was a Rainbow girl in her youth, and later a worthy advisor. She was a cheerleader for the Spartans. She was an amazing artist and golfer.
Sharon married Don Westerlund in 1955 and raised three sons.
In the 1960s she worked at the Fenwick Rod Company on Bainbridge Island and for her parents at the TP Tavern in Suquamish. Sharon worked for Poulsbo Junction Insurance in the early 1970s, and became a partner in the 80s when Vince and Kay Prouty retired.
Sharon married Jerry Reitan in 1997. They had been friends since school in the 50’s and were blessed to have the best 23 years of their lives together, spending years boating and fishing as well as entertaining friends and family. Annually, they enjoyed trips to Whistler BC, and Birch Bay. Many trips were made to Norway to visit relatives.
Being extremely proud of her Norweigian Heritage, she was a lifelong member of the Sons of Norway and Daughters of Norway. Always the eternal optimist, she saw the best in every person and of every situation. An amazing wife, mother and grandmother, she will be missed.
Sharon is survived by her husband Jerry, Sons Thomas (AKA Tucker), David (Lori), Jon (Hollyo), as well as stepchildren Joanie (Tim), Greg (Sue), Julie (Colin), Jeff (Christy), 8 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Sharon lived the last three years of her life at the Ridge Memory Care in Silverdale. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the amazing staff there for their love, care, and dignity.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Poulsbo Historical Society, First Lutheran Church, or a charity of your choosing.
Celebration of Life will be September 28th at 2 PM at the Sons of Norway in Poulsbo.