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Sharon K. Bolen

Sharon passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 1, 1944 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Edsel and Mildred (Weaver) Hollingshead. Sharon graduated from Otsego High School in 1962. For over 40 years she worked at JBS until her retirement in 2019.

Sharon loved playing the organ, bowling, gardening and cooking. She was avid sports fan especially football. She enjoyed watching stock car and ASA races and following Jeff Gordon and Bob Senneker. She enjoyed listening to country music, especially the Bronk Brothers Band, who she followed religiously. Sharon loved animals especially her dogs, Fritz, Marley, Mia and Suzy. In October 2005 at the Club Car Restaurant in Alamo she married John Bolen who survives.

Also surviving are her sister, Sandy Brink, nephew, Brian Blaine and his daughters, Anna and Samantha, mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Meachum along with many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions a celebration of Sharon’s life will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Sharon may be made to the

SPCA of Kalamazoo.

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Barb Weaver

April 12, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Deepest sympathy to the family. May memories help comfort at this difficult time.


Barb Weaver

April 12, 2021 at 3:12 pm

Deepest sympathy to the family. May memories help comfort at this difficult time.


Arch & Sandy Woodstock

April 12, 2021 at 4:45 pm

So sorry for your loss, praying that the God of all comfort is your stronghold during this difficult time.


Sally Kenyon-Laws

April 12, 2021 at 4:59 pm

Sorry to hear this. Hugs & prayers Sandy,

Love you Sally



April 12, 2021 at 7:56 pm

Sandy so sorry to hear that Sharon passed. My condolences to you and your family


Barbara Jirgens

April 12, 2021 at 8:20 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Sharon’s death. We were neighbor’s as kids and worked @ Michigan Cottage Cheese for many years. Blessings to you Sandy.


Sue and Bill

April 13, 2021 at 1:54 pm

Sharon was a courageous woman. She fought a hard battle with John, Fritz,Marley, Maya and Suzy by her side. We love you Ms. Sharon and always will. Rosie sends her love too!


Kelley Selby Lopez

April 14, 2021 at 8:28 am

She was a good loyal friend we shared some great times together. She always made me laugh when I came home to visit. I will miss are visits along with the laughs and the good times we shared. I worked with Sharon for over 30 + years and was one of the best payroll persons I have every worked with. I will miss are yearly visits my friend Love you to the moon and back. John so sorry for your loss, Sandy I am also sorry for your loss.


Nick and Mary VanAtter(Bradshaw)

April 14, 2021 at 11:03 am

John, we are sorry for your loss. May God’s Comfort and Peace help all the family through this time of sorrow.

Sharon was my classmate, graduating together in 1962. Sandy, Bryan and daughters, we are sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing and we send our hearts and prayers to help you at this difficult time.

Nick and Mary VanAtter(Bradshaw)


Gene and Dee Bronkema

April 14, 2021 at 7:11 pm

I always enjoyed sitting and visiting Sharon and John at the Bronk bros shows.. Dee and I will miss you.



April 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm

John and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman that I enjoyed seeing very much.


Albert Cabala

April 17, 2021 at 9:34 am

John, Sandy and Suzy,

We are sorry for your loss of Sharon. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We have only good memories from dog class and we hope that good memories will support you at this difficult time. Christy, Bert, Malibu & Bella.


Brian from The Bronk Bros

April 18, 2021 at 10:22 pm

We are very sad to hear about the passing of one our biggest fans/friends of our band – Sharon Bolen. She was just the sweetest lady, we could always count on her having a table reserved when we played M-89 Sports Bar. Over the years her and her husband John would surprise us at venues all over West Michigan. From packed bars/festivals, to rooms where they might be the only familiar faces in the crowd. We’re gonna miss her smile, and her presence at our shows. We’re praying and thinking John and the rest of the family. Sending our love and appreciation tonight, God Bless you Sharon!


Stacey Betke

April 19, 2021 at 9:37 am

I am so sorry to hear of Ms. Sharon’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. She was a coworker at JBS who was always accepting of me and would have her own way of getting me to smile, I miss our times at M-89 also as I always knew if I forgot to reserve a table on the bronk bros night, Sharon would “make” a place for me to join her table. She had a loving soul for her furry friends, her plants ( even at work) and people. She would bring large bags of goodies for us to snack on at work, I always knew if I needed a chocolate fix where to go. Sharon will be missed by many. She put in so many years at that plant from its root days of when it started as Murco; and most people were not aware of that unless they knew her or our department. The factory went through many ownership changes and she stayed through a lot, that some did not have the strength to; and that is what made me always look up and respect her. Heaven has gained a great one. Prayers for comfort for John and the family.


Linda and Tim

July 23, 2021 at 10:16 pm

Auntie Sharon was a huge part of our lives at m89 sports bar and grill. We treasure her memory and the times we spent with her. God speed to everyone.


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