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.