Sharon L. McCarthy

April 19, 1944 - March 14, 2023


Obituary For Sharon L. McCarthy

Madison – Sharon L. McCarthy, age 78, passed away on March 14, 2023 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 19, 1944 to parents Peter and Regina (Leary) Burns.

Sharon married Dean McCarthy on May 7, 1966, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison, Wisconsin. She was employed with UW Madison for 35 plus years until she later retired from there. Sharon enjoyed traveling, going on her gambling trips, playing bridge and euchre, and going to dinner with her family and friends.

Sharon is survived by her 2 children Patrick McCarthy and April Roeben; 4 grandchildren Alyssa, Zackery, Alixandria, Madilyn; 4 great grandchildren; brother Peter (Jeanie) Burns; and many nieces and nephews. She is further survived by her best friend gang Eileen Zimmerman and Kathy (Dennis) Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband Dean, parents, and by many siblings.

Sharon’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Agrace Hospice for their care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace Hospice.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dennis Catholic Church, 505 Dempsey Rd, Madison. A visitation will be held on Monday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will be held at Highland Memory Gardens.

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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. 608-249-8257


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20 Mar

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM

St. Dennis Catholic Church 505 Dempsey Road Madison, WI 53714 Get Directions »
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  • March 25, 2023

    My condolences to April and all of Sharon's family and friends.

  • March 20, 2023

    Your mom was so incredible. She was the first person I talked with about my abusive marriage. She listened and loved me. She always had a smile.

  • March 16, 2023

    Pat and April-Your Mom has always been a "special and fun aunt" to my family. She brought lots of sunshine to our lives when we were younger which we are forever thankful! I'm sorry that I cannot make it to Wisconsin for her funeral-we are keeping all of you in our prayers. Pat Filbrandt (Roy's daughter)

  • March 16, 2023

  • March 16, 2023

    Dear family and friends of Sharon McCarthy, we are so sorry to have read of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. In the difficult days to come may the many wonderful memories of Sharon give you comfort. Something we have personally found to be of great comfort are the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28 "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out ". May God Jehovah comfort you during this difficult time.


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    Steven M Fisch sent Sweet Moments for Sharon L. McCarthy - March 18, 2023

    Our deepest condolences to the McCarthy family. Love Naomi & Burger

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    Patricia Filbrandt sent The Loving Light Dishgarden for Sharon L. McCarthy - March 16, 2023

    Pat, April and family-Your Mom was special to all of us-we are sorry to not make it for her funeral but are south until the end of May. We are keeping you in prayers. Mike and Pat (Burns) Filbrandt

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