Sharon passed unexpectedly Sunday, March 10, 2013, at her residence in Bettendorf.
Sharon Frances Kurtenbach was born April 9, 1943, in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of Jerome Joseph and Celine Mary Nahra Kurtenbach. She attended the Villa de Chantal, Immaculate Conception Academy and was one of the first graduating classes from Assumption High School.
Sharon was united in marriage to Steventon Wagner on Aug. 4, 1973, in Bettendorf. Together they established RILCO (Rock Island Lubricants) in 1979. Sharon and Steventon realized their dream of owning a restaurant by establishing Steventon's in LeClaire in 1995. Sharon was an integral part of the day-to-day operations of the restaurant and provided a comfortable atmosphere with her personal attention to detail and her welcoming smile.
If you ever had the pleasure of meeting or knowing Sharon Wagner, you never forgot her. Her smile, laugh and loving manner were unforgettable. Her generosity was overflowing to family, friends and many charitable organizations. She was the ultimate hostess. She could throw a party like no other! She would light up a room with her infectious energy and laugh! Perhaps that is why she loved being in the restaurant business. She loved people. She took great fulfillment out of serving and tending to others. She was a loyal and giving friend, mother, daughter, aunt and grandmother. There are no words to sufficiently describe how much she will be missed. If you knew Sharon ... you understand.
Those left to honor her memory include her five sons, Scott and Jodi Wagner, Columbus, Ohio, Craig Wagner and Asa, Bettendorf, Robert Wagner, Isle Morada, Fla., Kelly Wagner, Davenport, and Dan and Caroline Wagner, Columbus, Ohio; six beloved grandchildren; a sister, Sunday Combs, Davenport; and a brother, Bill Kurtenbach, Bettendorf.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steventon, in 1995; her parents, Jerry and Celine; and a sister, Marilyn O'Shea. May they rest in peace.
Memorials can be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, or to Winnie's Place, Moline.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Sharon's obituary at hmdfuneralhome.com.
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