03/08/1944 – 04/08/2022
Obituary For Sharon Bloome
Sharon Gantz Bloome passed away peacefully in her Seattle home on April 8th surrounded by the love of family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter Cindy Gantz, her granddaughter, Townsend “TT” Gantz Taft, and Cindy’s partner, Josh Taft. Her cousins Marlene, Ingrid, Lewis, Jamie, Ellen, Larry, Wendi, Serita, Ronelle, and Barry held a special place in her life.
Although family was her primary passion, Sharon was also a trailblazer for working women. She began her career in Chicago selling dental equipment. The caption for the sales award she was most proud of read, “Top Salesman Is a Woman.”
In 1984, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where she dedicated her life to public service, advocacy and philanthropic support for the environment, advancement of women and the arts.
She received the Washington State Jefferson Award in 1996 which honors “ordinary people who do extraordinary things” for others in their community, nation or the environment. She co-founded Heart of America Northwest, which became the leading citizens’ watchdog group for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State.
Sharon merged her environmental activism with Jewish culture, as one of the founders of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL, merging the connection between Jewish faith and the environment.
A plaque at the King County Boys & Girls Club memorializes Sharon’s contribuions, “Built by many but delivered by the vision and tenacity of one.”
In 2003, she received an Honorary Masters of Science Degree and Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental Conservation from Antioch University. She later served on the Antioch Board of Governors.
Sharon was a generous patron of the Arts in the Pacific Northwest. Her favorite organizations included the Seattle Jewish Film Festival and the internally renown women’s writing retreat, Hedgebrook, located on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Most recently, Sharon and her dear friend, Ellen, created the “We Believe in You Scholarship” for students in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program at Heritage University located on Yakama tribal land in Toppenish, Washington. The scholarship supports Latinx and Native American nursing students in their final year of training.
To honor Sharon’s life, donations can be made to the “We Believe in You Scholarship” at the following link:
An online memorial site is located on Farewelling.com and the family welcomes remembrances from all https://www.myfarewelling.com/memorial/sharon-gantz-bloome.
In reflection of her lifelong commitment to environmentalism, Return Home is handling the sustainable burial arrangements for Sharon. The family is planning a celebration of Sharon’s life for a future date.
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