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Sharon Ann Osolnik

May 6, 1950 - December 13, 2020

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It is with profound sadness that the Osolnik family announces the passing of our sister, Sharon Ann Osolnik.  Sharon died Dec. 13 of a heart attack at her home in West Hollywood, California.  HER DEATH was completely unexpected.

Sharon was a very talented craft artist.  She had worked in the theatre world since college.  She focused on costumes and puppets.  After graduating from Berea College she worked in costumes at Wilderness Road an outdoor historical drama at Berea.  She earned a graduate degree in costuming at the University of Texas which had a highly regarded Costume program.  She was well versed in  all the technical aspects of costuming.  It was her passion.  She started her career with Hanna Barbera, working in Cincinnati.  When HB moved to Hollywood, she did to.  She spent the last several decades before retiring with Breymer Studio.  She was the person who worked directly with Shari Lewis and her puppet Lamb Chop.  She made all of Lamb Chop’s costumes and she and Ms. Lewis were great friends.  Her work also appeared in ads, on television shows and other venues.

Sharon did a lot of traveling.  When our parents spent a year in Europe, she was enrolled in Rosenberg , a private school in Switzerland.  She went with school friends to Africa and other places.  Her last big trip was a return to Europe for a school reunion that included a Viking cruise on the Rhine and other side trips, Greenland, Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Canada and Newfoundland.  She and her long time friend Barbara Baker of Berea had a wonderful time.

Sharon was born May 6, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois. She was the daughter of Daphne and Rude Osolnik.  She grew up in Berea, KY and graduated from Berea College.  She was very active in the Old Tab and all things theatre.  She is survived by her siblings,  Maureen, Michael, Joseph and David.  She is terribly missed by all of us.