Morris nj bowling community loses three women in two weeks

“My condolences to the Papini family. Sharon and I have been friends for a very long time. We bowled together when Butler Bowl was open. I knew her mom and dad also. They were avid bowlers like Sharon was. No matter how bad we were bowling, she would always have a smile. She was always competitive but she never let it show. She kept me in line because I was the opposite. Sharon was elected to the board and convinced me I should be there, too. I would drive and she would navigate. We got lost a lot but we laughed our way through it. We were active on several Morris County boards and on the 600 club board as well. Sharon was the President and I was the Vice President. I can’t even remember how many times she and I got laughing over silly things, especially when we had to put the award baskets together.

We would always wait until the last minute because Sharon was always working and she would come down to the house after bowling to get them done. Sharon was so handy with the computer and she helped everyone with whatever project they were working on. There were so many times she had to get the brackets organized for the county tournaments; without her help it would not have run so smoothly. We are going to miss her every day. Rest in Peace my dear friend. Hope to see you in bowling heaven; we will kick butt up there too.” — Sharon Bush

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Sharon for the past 12 years on the Morris County USBC WBA Board. I worked with her closely for many years on the Emma P. Hendrickson Scholarship Award and other various committees. Sharon was a kind-hearted person who dedicated her life to the sport of bowling as well to the bowlers in our community. She will be missed by all of us.” — Liesl Apgar

Regarding Joan Shiel, she was my “fellow inductee” into the Morris County USBC WBA Hall of Fame in 2000. I saw her volunteering at every women’s bowling event and fundraiser. I remember seeing a Vermont Teddy Bear bowler with the name “Joan” on its shirt (possibly at the Garden State Games) and I thought it was a surprise for me. It was a surprise, alright. It was Joan’s; a gift that she apparently brought to show us. Her son, Paul, carried on the bowling gene and is a member of the Morris County USBC BA Hall of Fame himself.

If you didn’t know the name of Rosemarie DiRupo, you were not watching the original pro women’s bowling tour and you weren’t living around Ledgewood. While she became known as Marianne DiRupo’s mother (largely through her appearances on television when Marianne was bowling and winning), she was also a local bowler at Circle Lanes and in tournaments in the county, state and nationally. Next week we will run tributes from her friends and family as we reflect on this feisty woman who had an amazing sense of humor. Please feel free to send one or two sentences to my email, below, before midnight on Thursday. Today, there will be a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Leber Lakeside Funeral Home, 150 Landing Road, Landing (Lake Hopatcong). Her obituary can be found at Leiber Lakeside Funeral Home’s website (