Sharon Janda
  • Date of passing: Dec 31, 2014
Let the memory of Sharon be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sharon Janda. We will remember her forever.

A Hawaiian Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 from 11am to 1pm at the Beach Villas at Ko Olina Owners Lounge, Kapolei, HI. A potluck lunch will follow.

A memorial service and celebration of Sharon's life will be held on Saturday January 24, 2015 from11:00 a.m.- 3:00 with services beginning at 11:30 at St. James Episcopal Church (11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD) in the undercroft (lower level - enter from back of building).  A potluck lunch will be served.

Donations in memory of Sharon may be made to the American Heart Association:;jsessionid=30AE7CD01572B901F9DBCF46C0AC2AFA.app243a?pg=fund&fr_id=1030&pxfid=273344

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Richard Janda on 15th February 2017

"Happy Valentine's Day, Hon! I love you, miss you dearly and cherish our wonderful time together. Thank you for your last Valentine's Day homemade card in 2014 which read as follows:

Happy Valentine's Day to My Husband!

You make me smile
You make me laugh
You give me emotional support and advice
You get things that I am too short for
You take me places I cannot go my myself
You take care of home things when I'm possessed
You tell me things I am too ignorant to know about
You help cover my roots
You carry things I am too weak to carry
You correct my grammar
You bring me toilet paper when I'm in desperate need
You make coffee in the morning
You fart a lot

How can I live without you? Thank you for being my Valentine's, Hon!!"

This tribute was added by Nancy Melvin on 2nd January 2017

"Thinking of you..."

This tribute was added by Dawn Edwards on 31st December 2016

"Missing you, Sharon, along with all of friends and loved ones. You were such a bright light in the lives of so many....and continue to be such an inspiration. Your talent, sense of humor, generous heart and beautiful smile will always be remembered. I am so blessed to have known you."

This tribute was added by Paige Garber on 31st December 2016

"I think of Sharon almost daily and get inspiration to try new artistic endeavors from remembering her incredible energy and enthusiasm.  I have never known anyone quite like her in sheer talent and graciousness.  Her spirit lives on in all of us who knew her, and will help us all continue to learn and grow as artists through the Sharon Janda Memorial Fund that Dick has donated to the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild.  
Thank you Dick.  We will never forget her and the way you opened up your home to let us all learn and laugh together."

This tribute was added by Alyce Grover on 31st December 2016

"Sharon's legacy of creative genius and enthusiastic encouragement continues to be inspirational.  I miss her and cherish her memory."

This tribute was added by Armin Bondoc on 21st September 2016

"Dear Richard,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I just heard about it from Chris Landis today. You and Sharon's project will always be at the top of my design achievements. God bless."

This tribute was added by Robert Dalal on 31st December 2015

"Richard and Sean;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Lori and I both miss Sharon.Her radiance,her kindness and her positive presence.
God Bless."

This tribute was added by Annie Lawrence on 31st December 2015

"Missing you Little One. I am filled with joy from our friendship."

This tribute was added by Paige Garber on 31st December 2015

"Sharon has been a tremendous inspiration to me, even still this past year after her physical presence is gone.  She was like no other artist/teacher I have ever met. She was a kinetic ball of creativity and generosity.
Her friendship remains one of my dearest treasures.  The learning and laughter we all had in her studio still brighten my life.  Our ongoing felting group provides a sisterhood which continues to keep her close.
  She was so much fun to be with, I feel her joy in living even now."

This tribute was added by Roz Houseknecht on 31st December 2015

"After this full year of missing Sharon I continue to think of her each time our study group meets as well as every single day that I go to my studio to work.  Recently our study group had our final gathering in Sharon's studio where we each selected some of her unfinished objects.  I have been finishing those items in my studio and learning  how she approached design and also technique.  Sharon  continues inspiring me each and every time I felt. I say to myself, could this be better?"

This tribute was added by Alyce Grover on 31st December 2015

"Sharon was so creative, encouraging and supportive, she became my inspiration,  Her positive enthusiasm and can do attitude were always there when things seemed impossible.   She is missed, but her legacy and lessons live on."

This tribute was added by Debbie Neighbor on 1st February 2015

"My condolences go out to the family and friends of Sharon.  From reading about her I know she will be missed and was loved by many.  How sad to hear of her sudden passing.  No matter what, it can truly be said that death is an enemy and soon it will be brought to nothing (1Cor. 15:26).  I have found much comfort in the Bibles promise of a resurrection hope of our loved ones at John 5:28, 29 and hope you will too.  Death was never a part of Gods original purpose, in fact he yearns to soon bring an end to it and the suffering it causes your family and friends.  Revelation 21:4 states: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former thing have passed away."  I did not know Sharon, but I read her obituary and I hope these scriptures will help to bring some comfort knowing that others care.  If you would like to learn more about the Bibles promises and the hope it brings, please feel free to contact me."

This tribute was added by linda van alstyne on 14th January 2015

"I knew Sharon from the Felters' Fling. I had the honor of handing her a mad hatter's prize at every Fling she attended. Her felt creations were amazing, full of artistry, technique, skill and humor too.
I will never forget the gleam in her eye, her generous smile and the way she invited everyone to expand  and share their felt knowledge and skill.
She was generous in many ways to all she met. As  many have said, words cannot describe the loss of such a friend and to her family, a loved and cherished wife and mother.  She will be truly missed at the Felters' Fling this year. I know her registration form was filled in and ready to be emailed. On Jan 2, she was pushing the send button with the Angels by her side."

This tribute was added by Marvin Elsberry on 12th January 2015

"Dear Dick and Sean
We share your hearts pains
We will miss Sharon’s humor and her laugh
We remember enjoying many happy times in Littleton and Morrison
Few people have enjoyed life as much Sharon
"She was a very kind and beautiful woman" Missy
Our prayers are with you"

This tribute was added by Debra Lenzotti on 12th January 2015

"Dick,  I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.  I know that your whole life will change with this loss.  Please remember you have friends and family that love you and they will be there for you.  Deby"

This tribute was added by Robin Blakney-Carlson on 11th January 2015

"Sharon is one of my all time favorite people.  I will always think of her giggle first, then her perpetual curiosity to try something new.  I loved teasing her about her acquisition of gadgets, but she was a truly talented feltmaker, committed to knowledge.  Seeing Sharon always brought a ray of sunshine and a bit of excitement.

My favorite Sharon memory took place in rural West Virginia where Sharon was attending my felting retreat.  This event was organized by my friend, who had also arranged accommodations for Sharon in a private home.  The whole group of us gathered for a wonderful dinner at my friend's house the first night of the retreat, then everyone said goodby and left for their respective lodging.

The next morning there was a call from Sharon's hostess reporting Sharon had never returned.  We soon learned that Sharon left the dinner and got terribly lost, driving in the dark.  She drove far past her destination and wound up in a rural hamlet where she located a policeman, but he wasn't at all helpful.  He told her he'd never heard of the place she was headed.  Sharon simply took matters into her own hands and booked into a motel right there.  Not even a toothbrush on her.  Most people would have been so upset, it could have ruined the week.  Not Sharon.  She just laughed about it the next morning as she told the story, and carried on like it was no big deal.  I will never forget her bravery and positive, fun loving attitude.  I will be forever grateful to have known her.

My heart goes out to you, Dick and Sean.  Sharon left the world a kinder place."

This tribute was added by nan crawford on 9th January 2015

"Sharon's delightfulness and power for giving will be missed by so many. She was a special lady."

This tribute was added by Cindy Sherwood on 8th January 2015

"I am very grateful to have known Sharon who I met through many felting workshops together. On our ride home from a workshop in Massachusetts we decided to extend the workshop. As Kathy drove......Sharon and I made a ton of small felted balls ( with our soap, water and wool on our laps ) ......we laughed......a lot.
  The words that come to mind when I think of Sharon are: kindness, fun-loving, calmness, sharing, quick wit, master craftswoman, striving for perfection, unique style, beauty, many talents, wonderful artist, loving people, shining light.
  My heart goes out to all--family and friends--wishing you peace"

This tribute was added by Joei Bassett on 8th January 2015

"Whenever I walked into a workshop and Sharon was there, I knew we (the entire group) would have fun.  She had such sparkle, a lovely smile and that little giggle.  I will carry those in my heart always.  So much could be said, my heart aches for her family.  Peace to you."

This tribute was added by Grace Mahanes on 7th January 2015

"Dear Dear Sharon
It has been a privilege having you as a friend and sharing so many laughs together,You brightened my life,A kinder person I had never met..
Rest in peace my friend"

This tribute was added by Ralph Smith on 7th January 2015

I never had the opportunity to meet your wife, but even through our professional dealings, you appeared to be a very happy man.  After being married over 41 years myself, I know what happiness a true soul mate can bring.  I am so very sorry for your loss and can only wish you happy memories of your much beloved wife.

My thoughts are with you and your son."

This tribute was added by zita simutis on 6th January 2015

"Sharon, dear Sharon.  Loved by so many, admired by so many, a creative and technically superb artist and a good friend. Felting, dyeing, and just  being together added so much joy to my life and to others.

I was lucky enough to spend precious time with my dear friend in the last few years. I still have tears and such sorrow at her loss, but I am thankful that I have my memories of our times together."

This tribute was added by Lori Bachman on 5th January 2015

"Richard and Sean, it has been such a privilege to have been blessed by Sharon's friendship over these many years. My memories of her go back to your home in Morrison (and the beautiful dining room and kitchen she designed) :) and to the many times we enjoyed dinners and outings together. She was kind to those she met and to the "fur people" that she loved...Wicket and Kiwi! I recall her gracious hospitality when my son, Andrew and I came to visit in DC. She made us feel so welcome and the tour of her felting "lab" downstairs was something to behold! I will always picture her with a warm, loving word to offer and a gracious smile. The two words that come to mind when I think of her are "bright light." She shined it on all those she encountered.
We are here for you and love you and will miss dear Sharon very, very much."

This tribute was added by Robert Dalal on 5th January 2015

"Sharon was always soft spoken and kind. She was a wonderful mother and wife and the soulmate of my best friend.

We will miss you so. God Bless and rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Joyce Keister on 5th January 2015

"I'm still trying to understand that Sharon won't be with us at the next Dye Study group meeting.  I value her friendship and her humor.  She always loved whatever we worked on, and jumped in with enthusiasm with her many artistic abilities.  Her life ended too early, but she will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Tom Elsberry on 5th January 2015

"Dick & Sean,
I haven't see you for many years but hear about you all the time from my brother. We are so sorry for the loss of Sharon, she was great & a wonderful mother.  You are in our prayers. Tom & Merrie Elsberry"

This tribute was added by Ron Remy on 5th January 2015

"Dick and Sean,
Please accept Lynn and my profound condolences for the loss of your dear sweet wife. Such a unique, gifted person. I'll never forget standing in awe of Sharon's "felting factory" and seeing her artistry on display. My gosh, what a loss; what a terrible loss. You and Shawn will be in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Nancy Melvin on 5th January 2015

"Dick and Sean, you are in our thoughts and prayers. You loss diminishes us all.  The Melvin Family"

This tribute was added by Betty Kirk on 5th January 2015

"I was to teach at the Potomac Craft Guild and the day I was flying out I got a call that she would  be my host. The person who I had been in contact with had the flu. Sharon had stepped in and was a marvelous host. She was kind, caring and talented. So sorry to hear of her death. She will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by christine sinclair on 5th January 2015

"I am so,so sorry to hear about Sharon's passing, my thoughts go out to her family and friends at this time.
I was part of a felting group with Sharon a few years ago. Sharon not only opened her studio for the group but also somehow managed to make us feel that this was our place, a special place where we could get lost in the wonderful world of felt. Her perfection shone through in her work, her creative edge that she so freely shared with us all was special. Sharon shared so many tips and ideas it was endless fun.  I have left a flower for you, I imagine it to be beautiful in its colour, smiling in the sunshine, just like Sharon, forever in our memory she will be sorely missed by many."

This tribute was added by Andrea Noeske-Porada on 5th January 2015

"I am so grateful that I got the chance to meet her. Only a few days - but she touched my life deeply. I won´t forget our nightly conversations about textile art and craft, sharing visions and knowledge, being serious and laughing. My toughts go out to her family and I will keep her in my mind as an energetic and big  soul full of visions and ideas."

This tribute was added by Bev Thoms on 4th January 2015

"The world has lost a good one. It is easy to see this in reading all these tributes. Even so our words fall short. We miss her more than words can express."

This tribute was added by Frances Krueger-Jackson on 4th January 2015

"I did not know Sharon well.  She was someone I met at the dinner table at the Felter's Fling and spoke with on occasion. She seemed to be vibrant, full of life, and just a really good person.  I was startled when I heard of her passing.  She was way too young.  My condolences to the family.  Her loss is felt by many."

This tribute was added by Janet Stollnitz on 4th January 2015

"It has taken several days for the fact that Sharon is no longer with us to register. Her kindness, sharing, vitality, enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humor will be missed. Her artistic talents were superb. On her quest to master new techniques or improve on an old one Sharon was always happily willing to share the road to success with her colleagues."

This tribute was added by Alyce Grover on 4th January 2015

"Sharon was so kind, encouraging and helpful to us all, but especially those of us who were new to FeltLOOM.  She saw my mistakes as examples of opportunity and gave me confidence to continue.  Her generosity and creativity will be missed greatly, but her influence will continue through those fortunate enough to have met her."

This tribute was added by Lanette Freitag on 4th January 2015

"Sharon inspired many people to learn and see fiber art with joy and excitement.  She always knew how to make it better.  She touched many lives.  She will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Pam Hull on 3rd January 2015

"Sharon's smile was one of her amazing attributes and will be missed.  I know that her husband and my friend will miss her immensely and that his life will never be the same.  With sincere condolences and sympathy. Rest in peace, Sharon."

This tribute was added by Anne Sanderoff-Walker on 3rd January 2015

"Being a part of FiberStudio at VisArts with Sharon allowed me to be a small part of Sharon's circle and I'm glad of that. Her artistry will be missed."

This tribute was added by Terri Stramba on 3rd January 2015

"A truly gracious and inspiring lady. Sharon shared freely and her work truly inspired those of us lucky enough to have her cross our path."

This tribute was added by andrea graham on 3rd January 2015

"Sharon was a vibrant and generous person. Her studio is legendary and I know the best part for her was that she got to share. Delightful laugh, always a big smile...a bright light at any gathering. I am so sorry for all those close to her. I can only imagine your shock and sadness. She was a ball of talented creative energy. I am thinking of you all, my feltmaking friends who were close to Sharon and all of her friends and family"

This tribute was added by Margo Duke on 2nd January 2015

"I've had to take some time to let this awful news settle in.  I'm in total shock as Sharon and I were in the midst of an email 'catch up! The day she got ill - she had to rush off to breakfast but promised 'more' later; I was impatient and sent an email teasing her wondering where 'more' was . . .  We shared some precious fun times that we laughed about often; she had the knack of making everything fun.  A couple of things come to mind but especially when we made our body doubles at a workshop and had to carry them through the lobby of the hotel - Sharon had such a petite figure and shorter than me, but the way I had wrapped the tape around her much further down her torso made her 'body' look like a giant compared to mine when they were placed facing each other on top of our dresser in the room we shared - we laughed and laughed so hard that we couldn't sleep.  So fun.  This is how I will honor her by remembering her wonderful, creative and generous spirit and how much she enjoyed and loved life."

This tribute was added by Janice Arnold on 2nd January 2015

"Words are inadequate.

Sharon was a kindred spirit. She was a comrade in creativity to those who knew her through her art. She had an eye for quality, design and whimsey.  Her vision and spirit  added beauty to the world in a myriad of ways. My heart goes out to her family."

This tribute was added by Roz Houseknecht on 2nd January 2015

"The news of Sharon's light going out came to me via a dear friend while I was away for New Years.  Like so many others in Sharon's world I have been inspired by Sharon's creative eye and dedication to being the best at whatever media she was working in.  Our felting group often collaborated on projects for either a charity event of a public display of felt to celebrate our love of felting.  Sharon was a force in introducing us to felters of the world who came to teach for our lucky group of ten women, often in her home studio.  Now we will have to continue to immerse ourselves in our chosen medium without our queen."

This tribute was added by Pat Smith on 2nd January 2015

"I had the pleasure of sitting next to Sharon during Andrea Graham's PODS Workshop in May, 2014, and in typical Sharon style, she made a gorgeous colorful pincushion pod during the class, but then went home the night before the last day, and made another.  She must have been up half of the night, to complete that pod in such a short period of time.  But that was Sharon, always creating and never tiring of learning and trying new things.  She had such an amazing depth of knowledge that she could talk about Japanese fashion styles right after talking about microns and mommes for felting.  She will be sorely missed!!"

This tribute was added by pamela macgregor on 2nd January 2015

"I was totally in shock and heartbroken at the news this a.m.  Sharon was a gentle, unassuming, gracious and totally creative woman.  I admired her work, her ethics and her genuine warm heart.  I will miss her."

This tribute was added by Dawn Edwards on 2nd January 2015

"Heartbroken to read of Sharon's passing. She was such a ray of light to all who had the good fortune of meeting her. I was blessed to have been in two workshops with Sharon at the Felters Fling and she left such a positive impression. She had such an amazing ability to make everyone feel at ease. She was such a talented artist, yet unassuming, and so willing to share her vast knowledge. And, that beautiful smile and marvelous sense of humor....Why we laughed so hard on a number of occasions that I was in tears. What a gift she was.

Holding Sharon's family and friends in my heart and prayers. Sharon will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Marla Rudnick on 2nd January 2015

"While I admired Sharon and her felting creations I saw her kindness, vitality, and amazing creativity when we were both members of the Fiber Studio at VisArts.  I am not a felter but last night I worked with some roving in her honor - wrapped around me was my inspiration in the form of one or her fabulous creations."

This tribute was added by Annie Lawrence on 2nd January 2015

"Dear Dick and Sean,
I was so very heartbroken to hear the news about our wonderful Sharon.  We met in the felt world but connected on so many other levels. Her passing is going to leave so many holes but I am forever grateful for having Sharon in my heart and having had such a wonderful, giving and generous friend.  I will remember my many visits to your home and the time you visited me in Pittsburgh. Loving and healing energy is coming your way. I  hear her wonderful laugh in my head and will hold it close to my heart forever."

This tribute was added by Judy Warren on 2nd January 2015

"Thank you, Sharon, for being so warm, kind, artistic, generous, funny, and delightful. Your love of people and fiberart caused you to seek out new learning opportunities which you then shared with others, often in your own home studio space, thereby helping to further cultivate and nurture a lively, skilled felting/fiber community. I am so grateful that I could share one last precious visit with you last fall, exploring new fiber art methods and simply celebrating good life together with good friends. Thank you for the lessons and laughter… you won’t be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Jean Gauger on 2nd January 2015

"Sharon was sweet, generous, funny and very talented person.  There are not enough words to describe how I feel. Sometimes you just know when you connect with someone and Sharon was one.  My thoughts go out to her family. Sharon, I will miss you but know you will be there looking over my shoulder guiding me in my work. When I see a butterfly it will always remind me of you!"

This tribute was added by Sharit Vd meer on 2nd January 2015

"So sad is the news that I still can't find the right words!! I will really miss Sharon's generous heart. Her laughter and her creativity. I am so glad I met her and she has left a mark in my heart. I will always remember her.."

This tribute was added by Ruth Blau on 2nd January 2015

"While known for her fabulously creative hand-felted items, Sharon was also a newly-minted handspinner.  She participated in a small group of friends who meet informally to spin and chat.  Like everything else she touched, Sharon succeeded with spinning the very first time she tried it.  Our spin group will miss her warmth, her laughter, her sense of fun, her sense of color, and the creativity and artistry she brought to her work and inspired in our work."

This tribute was added by Sylvia Saborio on 2nd January 2015

"How can someone so ALIVE taper out so suddenly??? Amazing and incredibly sad! I will always remember Sharon for her generosity, creativity and good cheer..."

This tribute was added by Paige Garber on 2nd January 2015

"What can you say about someone who was the essence of inspiration.  Sharon had a "fire in her belly" to create.  She would often work long into the night to get the effect she wanted.  She demanded her best from herself all the time.
    But not just in her art.  She was the soul of enthusiasm, generosity and grace.  To be in her presence was to feel comfort and joy.  She always was trying to do that little bit more to make you feel special and noticed.  
    She was small in body but huge in character and heart.  I felt like she was someone I could always count on and learn from, and I am missing her like so many others---profoundly.  I will always love you Sharon."

This tribute was added by Kathy Korin on 2nd January 2015

"Sharon was a good and generous friend and an inspiration to so many of us.  She made everyone feel so welcome in her home and studio.  She was the driving force in keeping our felting study group together and progressing.  Her creativity was admired by each and every one of us.  Her absence from us will leave a large hole.  She is irreplaceable and unforgettable."

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