Sharon K. “Shady” Gogola

Sharon K. “Shady” Gogola, of Elmhurst, formerly of Bellwood; graduate of Trinity High School and Loyola University and past member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps; longtime active parishioner at St. Simeon Parish in Bellwood serving as a lector, Eucharistic minister and member of the Parish Council; retired social worker with State of Illinois DCFS Human Resources Department; beloved sister of Mary Ann (the late Jim) Bauernfeind and Susan (Fred) Fagan; devoted aunt of Suzie Bauernfeind, Mary Beth (Patrick) Lucas, Erin (Eric) Frye and Lizabeth (Scott) Lamm; cherished great-aunt of Molly, Megan, Charlie and Miles. Above all, Sharon always demonstrated warmth, sincerity and kindness to everyone. We will all miss her dearly. Funeral Services and Interment Private at this time. A memorial Mass and Celebration of Life are being planned for later this year. Arrangements handled by Gibbons Funeral Home, Elmhurst. 630-832-0018 or


Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, July 17, 2020 at Visitation Catholic Church, Corner of York and Madison, Elmhurst.  Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial Service Program






Memorial Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 a.m. at
Visitation Catholic Church
779 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL



10 comments on “Sharon K. “Shady” Gogola
  1. Kathleen Raci says:

    We’re so very sorry. Shady was a wonderful, fun lady whom we will remember fondly. May she rest in peace.
    With love, Kathy and Don Raci

  2. Pat collins says:

    I loved her like my own cousin. So glad I visited her several months ago. Lots of good times with her. Great memories.
    So sorry she has left us.❤️

  3. Barbara Lynch says:

    A beautiful tribute for a beautiful woman. Shady made the world a better place for all of us. Her laughter always brought a smile. May she rest in peace.
    With love, George and Barb Lynch

  4. Mike Updike says:

    Such a wonderful lady. We will miss Shady greatly☘️☘️☘️

  5. Robert Smith says:

    Sincerest condolences

  6. Barb Frazee says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Shady’s passing. I’m sure she will be sorely missed. I remember her from Bellwood days as an extremely upbeat, sweet, and all-around giving person. She always had a smile on her beautiful face. My prayers are with all who love her.

  7. Janice Walter Kieckhefer says:

    It broke my heart to see the death notice for Shady this morning. I can only hope her passing was peaceful and filled with love. She was one of my dad’s favorites, and I will always remember her distinctive voice and infectious laugh. Please accept my good wishes for all her family, especially Mary Ann and Susy. May the angels lead Shady into Paradise.

  8. Joe and Celeste Collins says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss her dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless

  9. Chris Dunne says:

    To Mary Ann and all of Sharon’s family, I’m so very sorry for your loss! I met Shady when we subbed for a very large first grade class at Vis in the last three or four days before Christmas vacation several years ago. To say the kids were excited would be a massive understatement! She was enjoying these kids who all wanted her attention at once and often mid- sentence when everyone was trying to talk she would look over at me and let out that signature throaty laugh. We shared the best facial expressions in all the chaos and it was truly a fun and joyful experience. I was always so happy to see her after that! She was just delightful!

  10. Diane Reinhart Kompara says:

    Can anyone ever forget Shadys wonderful laugh. She was such a kind and loving person and I pray she is at Peace

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