Sharon Sue Haby

February 3, 2023

Sharon Sue Haby passed away on February 3rd, 2023 at Creasy Springs Health Campus in Lafayette surrounded by her family.  Sharon was born on April 7, 1934 in Amboy, Indiana to Herman Davis and Eva (Bowland) Davis. The oldest of ten, she began caring for others at a young age and was an attentive and loving older sister to her nine younger siblings. She graduated from Peru High School in 1951 and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1954.  That same year she married Richard J. Haby who preceded her in death after their 65th anniversary in 2019.  Always others-focused, she was a nurse at heart and was quick to help many friends, family, and neighbors with her medical care and wisdom. She never knew a stranger.

Although she served as a private-duty nurse in various capacities, Sharon spent the majority of her life as her husband’s active partner in his various business ventures and caring for their six children and later 25 grandchildren. She was an amazingly hard-working woman, but also made time to enjoy many travel adventures with Richard including trips to every continent except Antarctica. Family was vital to her and she loved babies and children!  Sharon was a gracious woman, with hospitality as her middle name.  She was quick to welcome anyone into her home including the many foreign exchange students whom she and Richard hosted through the years.  No one left her home without an offer for a glass of juice or a bite to eat, and often got a humorous or engaging tale of family history as well. Sharon served others with a joyful attitude and willing spirit. From her over 55 years as a member of Community Reformed Church helping with VBS or preparing a meal for someone in need, from volunteering for the Red Cross, or in her years as a board member of the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Sharon gave of herself to so many.  She was truly a model of faithfulness to her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She will be missed by many but is now rejoicing in the presence of her savior, Jesus Christ.

Visitation and Services

Visitations and service will be held at Community Reformed Church, 2501 South 18th Street Lafayette, IN 47909. Visitation will be Friday, February 10 from 4-7 pm and Saturday, February 11th from 9:30 am to 10:30 am followed by a celebration of life service to commence at 11am. Memorial donations may be made to Community Reformed Church or the American Red Cross.

Survived by:

Surviving are her children, Susan (Tom) Dinkledine of Russiaville; Connie (Rob) Walsman of Indianapolis; Steve (Diane) Haby of Lafayette; Carol (Vince) Klinker of West Chester, OH; Beth (Joe) Faulkner of Lafayette; Sarah (Bill) Davis of Lafayette; her 25 grandchildren and 42 (and counting) great grandchildren. Sharon is also survived by sisters Martha Krohn of Winamac; Judy Sierzputowski of Lafayette; Ruth Wright of Edmond, OK; Mike Davis of Los Angeles, CA; Pat (Mick) Tiede of Francesville and Kathy Meyer of Winamac.

Preceded by:

In addition to her husband and parents, Sharon is preceded in death by two infant daughters; one sister, Shirley Hatfield and two brothers, Max Davis and Don Davis.


Leave your Condolences

17 Condolences for “Sharon Sue Haby”

  1. Tracy Smith February 6, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    The West Central Region Nursing Honor Guard would like to share our heartfelt sympathy with the Haby family. We are grateful for the wisdom, skill and compassion Sharon shared with others through her Nursing Career. Please know that many nurses in the West Central Region of Indiana, are praying for your family.

  2. Kelley Carr February 6, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Dear Steve and Diane,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Since I had several family members in my practice, I came to know your Mother as an interesting and loving mother to her children. Both she and your father were impressively industrious, possibly the two most industrious people in Lafayette. They loved their family and they loved our city. Both your father and your mother will be sorely missed.
    My best wishes to you both.
    Kelley Carr

  3. Trena Pelsy Garrison February 6, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    Dear Judy and all the family: I just saw the online notice about Sharon’s Homegoing. I’m always sad to read about someone I know because it means so many are hurting at that moment as they recall precious memories. May God truly comfort you all.

  4. Jeff and Lyn Reeves February 6, 2023 at 11:42 pm

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. She was a wonderful woman, mother, gran and Great grandmother. We enjoyed her delightful spirit on the occasions we met her. She was very proud of her family. Prayers for God’s Blessings and Comfort for all of you.

    • Carol Klinker February 7, 2023 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you, Jeff and Lyn, for your kind and considerate sentiments. The prayers are so important and appreciated!
      We love you!!!

  5. Thomas Johnson February 7, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Susan and Tom,
    Nancy and I are saddened to hear of the death of your dear Mother. Yet we may rejoice that, being united to Christ by faith, she has found her rest in Him. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” – Psalm 116:15

  6. Linda R. Timmons February 7, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    To the Haby family:

    I’m so sorry to learn of your lovely mother’s passing. As you are well aware, she raised a fine family—many of whom were babysitters for my children. Always caring and friendly, she passed those traits on to her girls and I appreciate you coming to my rescue many times. May your mother rest in peace in the Lord’s kingdom–it’s just where she belongs.

    Most sincerely,

    Linda Timmons

  7. Adam and Rhonda novinher February 11, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    Sharon was such a lovely lady who loved her family dearly. She always had a family story to share and a sweet smile. Prayers and love to the family.

  8. Kurt Boveington February 11, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    To Carol Klinker,
    I just saw this in the St. Max Bulletin. So sorry for your loss. Prayers your way. You definitely reflect the warm spirit that your mom conveyed throughout her life. God Bless. — Kurt & Leslie Boveington

  9. Nancy Maness February 11, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    Love you Aunt Sharon…rest in peace.

  10. David Hartman February 11, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Praying for your family! May Jesus give you peace and comfort as you look to His promise of resurrection and eternal life!

    David and Janet Hartman

  11. Claudia Howat February 12, 2023 at 12:16 am

    So sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. She was raised in a very loving family , full of friendliness and kindness to others. I’m glad to hear she lived a long and joyful life. She will be missed by so many.

  12. Nancy Maness & Richard February 12, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Dear Haby Family,
    We are saddened by the loss of Aunt Sharon. She was a beautiful person inside and out, had a wonderful life filled with a great husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Aunt Sharon will always be missed by all who knew her. Prayers and condolences to all of you as you mourn your big loss.
    Love always,
    Nancy & Richard

  13. Nancy Maness & Richard February 12, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Dear Haby Family,
    We are saddened by the loss of Aunt Sharon. She was a beautiful person inside and out, had a wonderful life filled with a great husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Aunt Sharon will always be missed by all who knew her. Prayers and condolences to all of you as you mourn your big loss.
    Love always,
    Nancy & Richard (Apache Junction, AZ)

  14. Sally Godschalk February 12, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    To the Haby “kids”,
    We mourn with you on your mother’s passing. Both your mom and dad were remarkable in their own ways and definitely memorable people. We still recall stories from our times with them and you, as children. They left a wonderful legacy in all of you and their grandchildren. Dick and Sharon (and you) made (make) a difference in our world. We feel blessed having known all of you. Carry on…
    Love, the Fleck “kids” (Sally, Doug, Mike, Tracy and Phil) and Howard.

    • Steve Haby February 21, 2023 at 2:01 pm


      Thank you for the kind words regarding both our father and mother. Your Dad and my Dad had a very long friendship, which turned into a family friendship. Regards to you, your brother, and of course your father.


      Steve Haby for the entire Haby family

  15. Tracey Lehman February 21, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    Sarah, Beth, Connie, Carol, Susan, Steve,
    I have a lot of happy memories of your mom and all of you! I remember when we were at church together and when we lived only a street away from each other. Your mom always talked to me and was very kind to everyone. I appreciated your family, and my thoughts are with you.

    Tracey Plantenga Lehman

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