Sharon Kay Krushensky 74, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 26, 2022. She was born in Hot Springs, South Dakota on March 8, 1948, the only child of Rance and Pearl Hinnewinkel. She spent her youth living in a small trailer house. She used to say, “her room never changed, but the views from her windows were never the same”. Her father was a Superintendent with Peter Kiewits. The family moved frequently, building the great highways and bridges that connected our country. One year she lived in 5 different states and attended 6 different schools. She always told me she loved her life, “as a Gypsy.” It was always hard to leave friends behind, but having many friends within the Kiewit family made relocating easier. After high school she tried beauty school for a few short months. She decided it was not her calling after she turned her hair green. Good call mom! She worked for a few nursing homes but eventually found her passion working as a manager for group homes for the disabled. She absolutely loved this work and always wished she would have received a degree in special education. She took her job seriously and was able to take her clients on many vacations including Disneyland, boating, waterskiing, concerts, and camping. We often had an extra face at Christmas dinner if a client’s family could not be with them.
My mom married my father on August 31, 1968, in Elko Nevada. They were married for 53 years at the time of his passing last December. Our family moved around a lot with the road building crew. They had many long-lasting friends from many states. She frequently referred to her friends as “Salt of the earth kind of people”. They were friends that did not get wrapped up in status and appearance and they loved each other for what was inside. You could count on them for anything. So many of these dear friends raced to the hospital upon hearing she was admitted. They lifted my mom’s spirits and entertained the hospital staff. She felt so blessed to have them there in her last days.
She was known for her laughter, quick wit, and sound advice. Many of my friends would call her even when we became adults with our own families. She was a devout Catholic and knew her bible well. She loved the Lord and instilled in my brother and I a great love and conviction for God. She taught us to always love everyone, no matter what. She told us to always put ourselves in the other persons shoes because we do not know what it is like to be them, nor do they always understand our side. Mom believed that God loved all his children equally and unconditionally. She believed in the following motto that she lived her life by, “Everyone has their own road to heaven. Some may travel by the freeway and go straight there. Others may take a little detour and go into a ditch bank or hit a speedbump or two. And some might even fall off a canyon ledge and have the long climb out. Sometimes, she believed, the ones who have had to climb out of the canyon find spiritual awareness, becoming so much closer to God because they have had to submit to the will of the Lord and trust he would carry them through. It is through trials we see all the blessings the Lord is working in our lives. She always thanked God for her trials and suffering.
My mother loved her family most of all. She loved hearing of all our adventures and was so proud of each one of us. She always had time to listen, and I know she prayed daily for us all.
She is survived by her children, Kandle (Alan) Anderson, Rance (Julie) Krushensky; grandchildren Colton (Sadee) Mooney, Creed (Katelyn) Anderson, Rance (Holly) Krushensky, Gavin Krushensky, Scott (Kristen) Anderson, Lindsay (Adam) Conner, and her great-grandchildren Ava, Sophia, Paisley, and Kimber.
As many of you know our father passed away in December. Our family has suffered many trials over the past months and mom would not set a date for dad’s funeral. She said, “let’s wait for more sunshine.” She would tease me that maybe we should wait until her death and have a funeral together. I guess she got her wish. So, on May 13, 2022 we will bury them together the way she wanted.
Funeral services for my parents will be held on:
May 13, 2022
Visitation 11:30 a.m.
Funeral Memorial Mass begins promptly at 12:00 noon
St. Vincent’s de Paul Catholic Church
1375 Spring Lane
Salt Lake City, Utah
Graveside dedication immediately after at
1342 E. 500 S. Salt Lake City, Utah
We wish to thank all our friends and family, as well as the doctors and nurses at IMC Hospital,
who have been so helpful and kind to my mother and family during the past few months. Your
prayers have been felt and your support has meant so much to us all.