Duane and Sharon Mears

Duane and Sharon Mears
Duane “Dewy” and Sharon Mears of Charlotte, soul mates for 26 years, died together unexpectedly on November 11, 2019. They were married August 22, 1993, and loved many of the same activities in life. A blind date at the bowling alley is where they met, and they have been together ever since. They were extreme U of M football fans, holding season tickets for many, many years. Together, they enjoyed gardening and many other activities. They loved traveling. Their favorite time together was time spent at Grand Marais in the U.P.
Dewy, 57, was born August 6, 1962, in Yakima, WA, to Herman and Sylvia (Tefft) Mears. A sales rep for Nabisco for 29 years until his retirement, Dewy made lots of friends. He was just awesome. With a great sense of humor and a hopeless romantic, Dewy loved setting up surprises for Sharon. Small-engine repair came very naturally to Dewy, and his family was always amazed at his know-how.
Sharon, 64, was born December 7, 1954, in Battle Creek to Richard and Frances (Beatty) Jelinek. She worked at Pennock Hospital, Hastings, in home healthcare prior to her retirement. Known as funny, feisty and strong-willed, Sharon loved to have fun, and she was also a great gift-giver. She enjoyed yard sales and bargain shopping and was a collector of Boyd’s Bears and many cookbooks, which she often used to bake delicious treats. Christmas was her favorite time of year. She loved to celebrate with family for days. Sharon was also talented at making wedding cakes, something she learned to do with her sister.
Dewy and Sharon died in a tragic accident, along with Dewy’s mother, Sylvia Mears. They are survived by Dewy’s sister, Joy Martin; Sharon’s sister, Sandy Hook; Sharon’s brothers, Ron (Peg) Hook and Randy (Leona) Hook, aunts, Charlice Crane and Nila Baldwin; and many nieces and nephews. They were preceded in death by Dewy’s father, Thurman “Sonny” Mears; Dewy’s brother, Scott; and Sharon’s parents, Richard and Frances Jelinek.
Friends are encouraged to support the Mears family at visitation and funeral services. Funeral services are Saturday, November 16, at 11 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, November 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society “Lavonne’s Lame Ducks Relay for Life of Eaton County.” Friends and family are asked to share memories of Duane Mears and Sharon Mears on their Tribute Pages at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.