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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Sharon Idema

Sharon Louise Idema (Pritchard)

Tuesday, November 6th, 1945 - Saturday, July 4th, 2020
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Sharon Louise Idema, a resident of Fishkill for nearly 50 years, passed away at home on Saturday, July 4, 2020. She was 74.
Daughter of the late Marvin and Jean (Forrence) Pritchard, she was born in Newburgh on November 6, 1945. Sharon attended the Krissler Business Institute in Poughkeepsie and soon after began her career with I.B.M., where she worked in the company’s personnel department as a recruitment specialist. She retired in 2000 after 30 years of service.
Sharon was a member of the First Reformed Church of Fishkill, and her hobbies included antiquing and furniture restoration. She also enjoyed taking trips to the Adirondacks and Vermont. More than anything else, Sharon cherished spending time with her family and friends.
On September 7, 1968, she married Gary A. Idema at the Union Presbyterian Church in Balmville. Gary survives at home in Fishkill.
Additional survivors include two sons and their wives: Matthew & Heather Idema of Wappingers Falls and Ryan & Monica Idema of Glenham; her grandchildren, Sean, Ryley, Delaney, and Shaye; her brothers, Bertus Pritchard of Glenham and Christopher Pritchard & his wife Marlayna of New Windsor; other family members including her cousins Peter & Stephanie Idema of Hopewell Junction as well as many nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives & friends.
Sharon was predeceased by her parents as well as her brother, Marvin Pritchard, Jr.
Services will be private with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (
Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc. For online tributes, you can visit Sharon’s Book of Memories at
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    801 Route 9
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
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Christine Coates

Posted at 10:47am
I so fondly remember Sharon from when we worked together in Pok over 25 years ago. She stands out in my mind as such a loving, caring, gentle woman. Such a loss to us all. Christine Coates, Pawling

Patricia M Mitchell

Posted at 11:40pm
I am so deeply sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. Gary, Ryan, and Matt you are in my thoughts and prayers as well as your entire family. She was one of the warmest, kindest people I have ever known. I worked with Sharon in the 80's when she came back to IBM in the Personnel Department. I am and will be forever grateful that I had the good fortune to befriend her and work with her. She was so much fun, work did not seem like work with her as my partner. I remember so well how much she cherished her family especially her little boys ( I think Ryan must have been around 6 and Matt a little older). Everyday she would anxiously await your calls. She lit up when Gary would stop by our office to visit. She was so genuine and good hearted, her smile lit up a room. Sending heartfelt condolences to her beautiful family, I can only imagine how proud she is of all of you.
Patty (Murphy) Mitchell, Palermo, NJ

Cindy Stolecki

Posted at 04:27pm
So sorry to hear about the loss of Sharon, such a kind soul and a very sweet lady. My condolences to all of family and friends. It was an honor to meet her many years ago at the restaurant. Cindy Stolecki

Julia Anemelos

Posted at 04:25pm
So many memories to cherish that will forever remain in our hearts.... however, when we think of Julie’s Place in Fishkill, there is a very special family that comes to mind. The Idema’s. We shared many good times with them all. Sharon was and will always be an exceptional woman. The smile on her face lit up any room she walked in. The entire family would come for breakfast on the weekends. Years later when my family bought a restaurant in poughkeepsie... they would make their yearly trip for breakfast before going to pick their Christmas tree. Memories are what we have to hold onto... may she forever live in your hearts.... your family will always be in ours. With sympathy and love. Gus and Julie Anemelos and family

Tom Knickerbocker

Posted at 09:22am
So sorry to hear about your mom's passing Matt. She and your dad were always so supportive of me and the team when I had the honor of coaching you at John Jay. You and your family are in Mary and my thoughts and prayers. Tom Knickerbocker

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