Sharon R. Witzky Koser Matthes of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Ind., at the age of  74.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1944, in Mansfield, Ohio, to Leila Mae Seymour Witzky and Harold Eugene Witzky. On May 15, 1965, she was married to Eugene “Gene” Richard Koser for 43 years, before he passed away on Oct. 5, 2009. Sharon remarried on July 6, 2013, to Quentin Matthes, who survives.

Sharon was a 1962 graduate of Madison High School in Ohio, and a 1967 graduate of Mansfield General School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse at Mansfield General Hospital for several years before moving on to work as the utilization review and quality assessment coordinator at Lucerne Hospital in Orlando, Fla. Sharon and her husband Gene worked as billing agents at Tri County Anesthesia in Ohio and Indiana until their retirement. She loved her family dearly, but most of all she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Quentin Leon Matthes, of Winona Lake; five sons,  Rick (Tammy) Koser, of Millersburg, Ohio, Mark (Lori) Koser, of Buford, Ga., Randy (Sue) Koser, of Winona Lake, Mark (Glenda) Matthes of Goshen, Ind., and Michael (Alisa) Koser, of Escondido, Calif.; and two daughters,  Deb (Jim) Stoops, of Lewis Center, Ohio, and Lisa (Scott) Falkenberg, of Wooster, Ohio. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Terry (Ginny) Witzky, of Warsaw; two sisters, Carolyn (George) Parrett, of Warsaw, and Beth (Mike) Snively, of Franklin, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law,  Darlene (Dennis) Bartlett, of Haines City, Fla., and Lee (Larry) Golf, of Winter Springs, Fla; and two brothers-in-law,  Dave (Ruth) Koser, of Bonney Lake, Wash., and Larry (Linda) Bloom, of Peach Tree City, Ga.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her first husband, Eugene Richard Koser.           

Sharon’s life will be celebrated in the Grace Village Chapel with a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Grace Village Retirement Community, 337 Grace Village Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana.  Friends can visit and greet the family prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  Scattering of Sharon’s ashes will take place at a later date at Beulah Beach.  Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.   


Memorials to Grace Village Retirement Community- “Caring Friends,” 337 Grace Village Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590; or to Beulah Beach, 6101 W. Lake Road, Vermilion, Ohio 44089.

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