Sharon Gimpel - January 02, 2011

Sharon Gimpel, 70, of Aurora, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at her home.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church or the Food Pantry. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Sharon S. Gimpel, daughter of Paul and Myrna (Christman) Swanson, was born in Elkhorn on Dec. 8, 1940.
Sharon attended Stromsburg Grade School and graduated in 1959 from Stromsburg High School. She graduated from Beauty School in Grand Island in 1960. Sharon was a beautician for Ross Beauty Shop in Aurora for 4-½ years. She bought Ross Beauty Shop and changed the name to Sharon’s Beauty Shop, where she was owner and opera part-time beautician at Hamilton Manor for 22 years. She became an Avon representative in 1988.
Sharon was married to H. Dean Gimpel from Giltner on Aug. 31, 1969. Dean died Aug. 15, 1972.
Sharon was baptized at the Stromsburg Baptist Church during her junior high years. Sharon and Dean became members of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Aurora. She taught beginners Sunday School class for three years; was church deaconess for six years and made coffee for Sunday School for the last 28 years. Sharon believed very much in prayer and spent a lot of time praying. She was a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Hamilton Manor Auxiliary and delivered Meals on Wheels for several years. Sharon liked to bake, cook and entertain.
Sharon is survived by her sister, Penny (Bob) Stevens of Juneau, Ala.; brother, Lionel (Jane) Swanson of Mesa, Ariz. and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law, Garry (Arlene) Gimpel and Larry (Elaine) Gimpel and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann Decker of Grand Island and Lucille Thompsen of Aurora.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

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