Rita Sharon Corrao (October 14, 1942 – May 26, 2023)
Rita Sharon Corrao, affectionately known as Sharon, touched the lives of many during her time on this earth. With heavy hearts, we gather today to bid farewell and celebrate the beautiful life she lived.
Her impact on her family, friends, and the St. Mary’s church community was profound, leaving a legacy of love, strength, and inspiration.
Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sharon was the youngest of four siblings, cherished by her brothers Skip, Richard and her sister, Katherine. Despite the playful pranks her older siblings played on her, these moments of mischief were a testament to the love and camaraderie that bound their family together.
Sharon’s childhood was filled with joyful memories, including early morning fishing trips with her father Raymond and hearty breakfasts at Frank’s Diner. These experiences instilled in her a love for nature and a deep appreciation for the importance of family bonds.
Growing up, Sharon’s family moved frequently, but Harvard, Illinois held a special place in her heart. Living in a farmhouse without modern amenities like running water, the family found strength and warmth in their unity. These stories became cherished memories, shared with her son Scott during their drives together, reminiscing about their past adventures and the places they called home.
Sharon’s path intertwined with the love of her life through her sister Katherine’s marriage to Jack Corrao. Jack’s brother, Frank, instantly fell for Sharon, and their connection led to a lifelong journey together. Through the highs and lows of military life, Sharon stood by Frank’s side, raising their two sons, Thomas and Scott, fostering a deep sense of togetherness within their family.
As a military wife, Sharon embraced the role of a steadfast supporter while Frank served his country. The family moved to various locations, forging lasting memories through fishing trips and bowling outings that strengthened their bonds. When Frank was deployed to Taiwan during the Vietnam War, Sharon returned to Kenosha with their children, taking on the challenges of a military wife with unwavering strength and dedication to her family’s well-being.
In 1976, after Frank’s retirement from the Air Force, the family settled in Kenosha’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Both sons followed in their father’s footsteps, joining the United States Air Force, while Sharon pursued various jobs, including working at First Bank Southeast and Dallas Mavis Trucking Company.
Sharon’s true passion, however, resided in the time she spent with her growing family. Her sons, Thomas and Scott, brought immeasurable joy to her life, and her love extended to her four grandchildren, Tommy, Crystal, Michael and Tony and her six Great Grandchildren, Giovanni, Briella, Jett, Mollie, Charlotte and Olivia. In the face of profound loss, Sharon demonstrated incredible resilience, guiding her family forward with unwavering courage.
Sharon found solace in her Catholic faith and became an integral part of the St. Mary’s Church community. She faithfully opened the church each morning, prepared for worship, and actively participated in the church’s various groups and activities. Sharon’s dedication shone through her service in the Catholic Women’s Club and her involvement in Bible studies. Her contributions to the St. Mary’s summer festival and her commitment to the spiritual growth of the community exemplified her deep love for her faith and her church.
Throughout her life, Sharon possessed rare wisdom, embracing others with unconditional love and kindness. Her actions spoke louder than words, leaving an indelible mark on everyone she encountered. When cancer entered her life, she faced it with grace and courage, viewing it as her ticket to paradise, a reunion with her beloved Frank and cherished loved ones who had passed before her.
Today, as we say our final goodbyes to Sharon, let us remember the valuable lessons she taught us: to live without prejudice, to cherish our loved ones, and to find solace in our faith. Her legacy of love and kindness lives on, and it is up to each of us to carry it forward in our own lives.
Though we mourn the loss of Sharon, we are comforted by knowing that she has been welcomed into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory be kept alive in the hearts of all who knew her. Rest in peace, dear Sharon.
Service Date June 2, 2023
Funeral Home Piasecki Funeral Home
Funeral services honoring Rita’s life will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 7400 39th Ave.
The service may be viewed via livestream on the following link facebook.com/PiaseckiFuneralHome/live/. You do not need Facebook to watch. Relatives and friends are asked to meet at the church for Mass. Interment will follow in St. George Cemetery.
A visitation for Rita will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.