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Renate Magnus-Sharpe

Renate Magnus-Sharpe

- January 29, 2018

Renate Magnus-Sharpe, 76, of Amelia Island, FL passed away peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2018.

She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1941, to the late Ehrhard and Johanna Magnus. She studied Art in Switzerland. In 1964 she met the love of her life, John Robert Sharpe, in Germany on active duty with the Air Force. For the next 49 years they raised their family, raised a little hell, and held hands as they shared their lives together, until the “12th of never.”

She is survived by her children, Patrick (Michelle) Sharpe, and Marc (Sarah) Magnus-Sharpe; stepson James (Mimi) Sharpe, and dear grandchildren, John David Magnus-Sharpe, Dylan Sharpe, Connor Sharpe, Bailey Sharpe and Cali Sharpe, as well as her faithful cats, Smokey and Beanie, and cockatiel Joey.

Those who knew Renate, knew her to be one or all of three things, first and foremost: an exceptional cook, who dedicated hours each day to preparing the finer homemade things in life: rouladen and dumplings, lump crab cakes, desserts, and many German traditional meals; an outspoken animal lover, often known to care more for many a neighbor’s pets, as well as nurture the local wildlife as suburban sprawl crept into the neighboring woods. The “Caution: Duck Crossing” sign is well remembered in the Virginia neighborhood where she lived for over 35 years; and, third, an outspoken and authentic individual, rarely inclined to hold back if she felt something needed to be said. Fortunately for those at the receiving end of those moments, they were most often assured an excellent meal and dessert for their trouble.

Retiring to Amelia Island, Renate loved the ocean, returning often to search for shells and shark’s teeth.

In lieu of flowers, she’d have encouraged everyone to walk along the beach, or make a contribution in her name to the Humane Society of Nassau County.

5 Condolences

  • Caroline Lauer-Grabowski Posted February 1, 2018 5:18 pm

    I will wak the beach and think of my dear friend.
    She was one of the most loving people I have ever known once you peeled back the layers of her outspoken ways. As we do with John, my mom and I will also miss Renate dearly.
    I count myself as blessed to have known her.
    Cing-Ching Renate! I raise my glass to you!

  • Carole Rehkugler Posted February 2, 2018 5:56 am

    What a wonderful woman.You will miss her greatly but she will always be in your heart.Every bird,bunny,seashell and tree will remind you that she is with you always.My heart is with you.

  • Allison Mattheis daughter of Iris (Kuntalp) Williams Posted February 2, 2018 10:39 pm

    I remember the many visits we had from Aunt Renate, her and my grandmother Hildegard had the friendship most wish they had. Both of these German women would come to Washington and spend a few weeks with us, outcooking each other and out spoiling us and the pets. What I wouldn’t give for one more of those summers. I will always cherish the memories I had with Renate. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Katherine kitts Posted April 4, 2018 1:01 pm

    Missing her everyday, though now I will tune her voice in even more until we meet in passing ways as spirits do.. push hard folks, our lives now can go far, just push healthcare back into the lines it lays for what it can do, and never lose hope.. <3 Im glad I can picture both heaven and here, bc I wont let what we've learned go incorrect, one day, no one will fear helping someone cope with sadness, as only a divide does, and one day, it will be lifted.. somehow, someway, though please push for me 🙂

  • Planinka whelan Posted April 7, 2018 5:40 pm

    SO sorry, my thought and prayers are with you and your Family. She will be greatly missed. May her soul rest in peas. May her Memory be eternal.

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