Sharon M. Wiegert

Sharon M. Wiegert

June 13, 1950 – October 28, 2019

Sharon Wiegert was born on June 13, 1950, to Johnny and Mae (Essmann) Zwygart. On July 31, 1971, she married Robert Wiegert and then gave birth to two sons – Joel in 1977 and Aaron in 1982. She has two daughters by marriage Judy and Amanda and six grandchildren – Asha, Laine & Della and Abby, Ava & Jack. She loved being a grandma, enjoyed spending time with family in Nebraska and beyond, and made some great Christmas cookies.

Sharon dedicated her professional life to encouraging young people to read and the promotion of children’s literature. Her lengthy tenure as the Children’s Librarian at the Sump Memorial Library in Papillion and as a UNO Professor of Children’s Literature served as shining examples of her commitment to the value of reading. Her extensive volunteer opportunities centered on state-wide reading initiatives, community service related education, and supporting local 4-H clubs.

Later in life, Sharon faced numerous health challenges; however, she always strived to maintain her connections to her family and community. As her own memory faded, our family has cherished our memories of Sharon in the various facets of her life – daughter sister wife, teacher, mother, librarian, grandmother, professor, and friend – and strived to remember the totality of her life by carrying on her commitment to family, education, and improving our community.

On her side of the family, she is survived by her mother Mae Zwygart Kidwell. Her brother Johnny Keith Zwygart, his wife Bev, and their children Allison and Natalie, and five grand-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Johnny Zwygart and brother Rodney Zwygart.

To assist us in honoring the memory of Sharon Wiegert, please donate a book in her name to your local library. This small gesture would mean a lot to her and to the people who will continue to benefit from Sharon’s presence in their lives.

There will be a memorial on Sunday, November 3rd, from 3pm to 5pm with a short service at 4pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (520 W Lincoln St, Papillion, NE 68046).  Private interment in Bancroft, NE.






  • Rodney & Nancy (Blumer) Tomrdle Posted November 1, 2019 11:24 am

    Bob & entire family ; We were so very sorry to learn of Sharon’s passing. Sometimes it’s a blessing for them to be with the Lord. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & the entire family. May good memories forever be with all of you. May GOD grant you comfort & Peace of Heart. With our Sympathy.+

  • Kirsten Wood Posted November 2, 2019 7:25 pm

    Sharon taught my Children’s Literature class and I was inspired by her enthusiasm and knowledge for children’s literature. I have used her guidelines and principles ever since. I also loved her class because she kept it fun and with lots of great open dialogue. I am so sorry for your loss , my prayers are with your family.

  • Becky Crofoot Posted November 5, 2019 9:00 am

    Sharon was a tireless worker in behalf of children. Nothing stood in her way to get the job done. It was a pleasure to know her. Her example of service was admirable. She is missed.

  • Becky Crofoot Posted November 5, 2019 9:04 am

    Sharon was a tireless worker on behalf of children. Nothing stood in her way to get the job done. She was a pleasure to know and definitely an admirable person. She is missed.

  • Dean & Diane Otteman Posted November 5, 2019 9:57 am

    My dear cousin Sharon, I hardly had time to know you. I knew you when you and Bob were young parents, reining in two very energetic , health boys. I can’t count the number of times I wanted to tear away from this Chicago area and head west for thirteen hours to check up on the Wiegerts. Time moved on. Every body grew up, and moved on. My grand-kids practice reading to me!
    I know the last ten years or so have been very tough. (Excuse me while I put on my hearing aids, and get my Magnifying glass.) I am so much like our Grandpa Herman Essmann, you wouldn’t believe it.
    I will always love you, Sharon Wiegert! you will always be the beautiful young lady in the picture above. God bless you, and keep you, dear Cousin!

  • Dean & Diane Posted November 5, 2019 10:09 am

    I will always love you, dear Cousin. I have thought of you hundred of times. There’s just always something in the way.. You will always be the pretty young girl in the picture above God bless you, and keep you!

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