Sharon Loris Neitzel March
Sharon Loris Neitzel March was born Aug. 19, 1942, at the Swedish hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., to parents William E. Neitzel and Shirlee E. Lindberg Neitzel.
When Sharon was 9 years old, her father accepted a position with Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque. He moved their family from Minnesota to the Land of Enchantment in May 1952. Sharon attended Bel-Air Elementary School, McKinley Jr. High, and graduated with the first graduating class of Sandia High School in June 1960. Shortly after high school, Sharon met the love of her life, Joe March, and accepted his hand in marriage.
Sharon was a stay-at-home mom for several years, enjoying the sometime very active lifestyle of three boys. Each son, with his own unique talent and personality, adding to the richness of family life in the country setting of Los Lunas with gardening and an assortment of animals to keep the whole family busy and learning the values of country life.
Sharon later became a bus driver for Los Lunas Schools, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. She would be known as the “cool” bus driver because she had an 8-track player on the bus. As kids boarded the bus, they would be greeted on any given day to the tunes of Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller Band and of course KISS, her son Tim’s favorite band.
Sharon and her brother, Steve, always shared a special relationship as only siblings can share. When Sharon and Joe were first dating, Joe owned a customized 1958 Chevy Impala convertible. Sharon managed to bribe her then 14-year-old brother to do some of her house chores in exchange for a drive of the very cool car for about two blocks. This, of course, was not something Joe was aware of. Sharon was always a very sweet negotiator.
Sharon enjoyed knitting, cooking, music, crossword puzzles and spending time with her church family at Valley Lutheran. Whatever the activity, Sharon would try and find joy in it and loved to share that joy with others. She loved helping others and was always there in a time of need.
Our dearly-loved Sharon filled the lives of her family and friends and will forever be missed.
Sharon is survived by life partner, Joseph S. March; sons, Michael J. March, Patrick W. March (Cherise) and Timothy S. March (Jeanette); brother, Steven K. Neitzel (Mary); nephews, Ryan C. Neitzel (Tori) and Patrick S. Neitzel; and granddaughter, Sarah March.
A memorial will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Valley Lutheran Church, 3259 N.M. 47, Los Lunas.
Clara Garcia is the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
She is a native of the city of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. During her time at the paper, Clara has won numerous awards for her writing, photography and typography and design both from the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association.