Sharon Sue Wineberg, née Compton

Sharon Sue Wineberg, née Compton, of Millsboro, DE passed away on January 3, 2018 at the age of 75. Born on October 21, 1942 in Canton, OH to Lewis and Caroline Compton, Sharon grew up in Puxsutawney, PA and was a 1960 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and a 1966 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A resident of Newark, DE since 1967, Sharon taught English in the Colonial School District for over 25 years. Well-loved and respected by her colleagues, she chaired the English Department at Gunning Bedford Middle School for many years. She also taught English at James H. Groves Adult High School in Newark, from which she derived much satisfaction. An avid reader, she was smart, sensitive, caring, and fun to be with. She will be missed. She is survived by her sons, Matthew and John, his wife, Alexa; daughter, Susan, and her husband, Shane, and one grandson.

A memorial service was planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following: Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106; James H. Groves Students, James H. Groves Christina School District , 925 Bear-Corbitt Rd., Bear, DE 19701; or Cheer Center of Georgetown, DE. 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Published in The Punxsutawney Spirit on Jan. 13, 2018.

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A MEMORY FROM ONE OF HER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Mrs. Wineberg, I still have the book you gave me in 7th grade English class more than 50 years ago. In fact, I’m looking at it right now. It was a guide to poetry written by one of your own English professors back before the college you attended became a university. It is called A Saddle for Pegasus, and you passed it on to me because you saw promise in me as a writer and a poet. You were absolutely the first person to really encourage my writing, and I have drawn upon the gifts you gave me throughout my entire life. I have two grown children, both of whom are excellent writers who would never dare to dangle a preposition in polite company (you would be so proud!) One also became an educator. Whenever I am asked to identify a teacher who made a huge difference in my life, it is always you, hands down. You may be gone from this physical world, but the impact you made on so many thousands of students like me lives on, and is being passed down through generations. I remain extremely blessed to have had your encouragement to help to shape the person I grew up to be. Thank you. I will never forget you. Kay (Timko) Meade, Milford, DE