Sharon Gercken Bongard of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home on February 16, 2022 at the age of 83. Sharon was a resident of Woodcliff Lake for more than 50 years and a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Victor Bongard, Jr. and her parents Zelda Kellems Gercken and William F. Gercken. She is survived by her loving children Alexandra B. Stremler (Alexander M. Stremler) of Hillsdale, New Jersey, Victor Bongard, III (Emily Austin) of Nashville, Indiana, and Eric W. Bongard of Hillsdale, New Jersey. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren: Victoria Bongard, Mattias Stremler, William Bongard, Christian Stremler, and Griffin Bongard, and numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Born in Evansville, Indiana on April 6, 1938, Sharon spent her early years in southern Indiana. Later she and her family moved to Lakeland, Florida where she attended Lakeland High School. Sharon graduated from Duke University where she was a member of the Pi Phi sorority. After college Sharon moved to New York where she married Victor, the love of her life.
Sharon loved travel and enjoyed her career as an international flight attendant with Trans World Airlines. For several decades, Sharon was also active as a real estate agent in Bergen County. She was a longtime member of PEO a Philanthropic Educational Organization, member of the Woodcliff Lake Senior Association, and active in the community for many years.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Fairmount Cemetery in Madison, Indiana with interment to follow. A funeral service was held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Lytle Welty Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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