Sharon K. Kersenbrock

Nov 4, 2020
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Memorial Services are 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1423 Kimball Ave., Waterloo



inurnment at a later date in Waterloo Cemetery


UNI Dept. of Speech Education or West High Memorial Fund; Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.


Sharon K. Kersenbrock, 77, of Waterloo, died at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. She was born August 29, 1943, in Kansas City, MO, to Edgar W. and Mary C. “Kay” Cahill Kersenbrock. She graduated from Waterloo West High School and earned her BA, MA and Ed.S degrees from UNI.

Sharon’s teaching career spanned 40 years at Ft. Dodge Senior High School, Valley High School in West Des Moines, Belle Plaine High School and Hawkeye Community College. She was also office manager at Kersenbrock Law Office.

She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church; Iowa State Education Association (ISEA and NEA); past president of the Belle Plaine Education Association; past president of Kappa Theta Psi; volunteered with the March of Dimes and 20 years with My Waterloo Days. She enjoyed reading, attending community theaters and the cultural arts.

Sharon is survived by her sisters, Sue Schuman and Sara Kersenbrock‚ both of Waterloo, and her loving dog, Stella.

Preceded by her parents and brother, Stephen Kersenbrock.

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  1. Paul S Olson | Nov 16, 2020
    Ms. Kersenbock was my debate teacher at Fort Dodge High School and was very nice and taught all of us to argue both pro and con on any issue.  We was a very sweet and kind person.  Will miss her, my condolences to her family.
  2. Jean Ransom Schultz | Nov 14, 2020

    Sue and Sarah,

    I was so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. We were great friends in high school and college and spent many hours together back in those days. i came to Cedar Rapids a few uears ago and went to lunch with her. We had fun catching up and remembering the many good times we had! You both have my sympathy. She was a wonderful person!

    Jean Ransom Schultz

  3. Patricia Connell, M.D. | Nov 11, 2020


    Dear Sara and Sue,

    My deep sympathy upon Sharon’s death.

    I didn’t go out to get the paper the last couple of nights AND we had no internet so I saw Sharon’s Obituary today.  I was her family physician way back when, before I retired also a fellow parishioner at St. Ed’s. I was quite fond of her and am so sorry to hear of her death.  I pray she didn’t suffer long. I haven’t seen her for a long time— not having been to St. Edward’s since last March.

    My deep sympathy to you both and to your families.

    Peace!  Patricia Connell

  4. Bonnie Harrison (Lawrence) | Nov 10, 2020
    Miss K was always a very classy & well put together English/Speech teacher in the Belle Plaine High School. Definitely praying for her soul & for her family. Her dogs going to greatly miss her so you’re going to have to give it extra love. 
  5. john s scott | Nov 10, 2020
    sue and Sara...sorry to hear of Sharon's passing.  we were high school class mates of 1961  and also lived only one block away. bless your family 
  6. Eric Waters | Nov 09, 2020
    Like many others, this really gives me pause and sadness. I adored Miss K. She stoked my fire for writing and writing more creatively. Alway a joy to be around. I loved her as both a teacher and later a friend. God Bless, Miss K. 
  7. Roshan Richards | Nov 09, 2020
    I am saddened to hear of Ms. K's passing. She was an excellent teacher and taught me so much about writing, how to organize my thoughts, and to not settle for less than my best effort. She was a remarkable woman.
  8. Michael Koogler | Nov 09, 2020
    This breaks my heart. Miss K was one of my favorite teachers and all credit to her that I ended up writing and publishing novels. She was the one that told me during my senior year: "Write, Michael. I don't care whether you do it professional or personally, but write. You have a gift."  One of the best pieces of career advice I ever received. She was a golden teacher; one of the very best. 
  9. Rick L. Sparks | Nov 09, 2020
    My heart is aching. My favorite teacher. She took notice when others didn't. I'll forever be indebted to her for believing in me and giving me the confidence I needed so badly in my darkest times. She always told me to march to the beat of a different drummer. I'll forever love you, Miss K
  10. Jerelyn | Nov 09, 2020
    Miss Kwas one of the best teachers in Belle Plaine. Sorry for your family's loss 🙏! 
  11. Gene Meck | Nov 09, 2020
    so sorry to hear she was a great teacher. Igave her alot of grief but she was always understanding. She will be deeply missed Gene Meck
  12. Mary Stein | Nov 08, 2020

    Sara ans Sue,

    i was so sorry to hearcof Sharon’s passing. Please know that I am thinking of you. 

    Mary (Powers) Stein

  13. Dawn Wessels | Nov 08, 2020
    My condolences to you Sara & Sue at the loss of your sister. As a client of Sara, my visits to her office were sometimes stressful & worrisome. Whenever Sharon was there to greet me, her friendly nature and warm smile always comforted me. May happy memories give you comfort as you cope with your loss.
  14. Mary Hiatt | Nov 06, 2020

    Sara and Sue, I'm so sorry to hear about Sharon's passing.  She was a wonderful person and will be welcomed by many on heaven. Keeping you in my prayers. 

    Mary Hiatt

  15. Kari O. Narey | Nov 06, 2020

    Sue and Sara,

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. What a special lady Sharon was! She was a woman of many accomplishments and great strength. We feel blessed that we had the opportunity to spend time with all three of you during birthday celebrations the past few years. We will always treasure those special memories! 

    Love and hugs,

    Kari & Pat Narey

  16. Priscilla Polehna | Nov 06, 2020

    Sue and Sara,

    We were very sorry to learn of the death of Sharon.  I remember her great smile and her fun-loving nature.  You will miss her.  Thinking of you during this diificult time.

    Tom and Priscilla Polehna

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