Sharon L. Shroyer Riley

  • Died: September 12, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

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1320 East Dupont Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sharon L. Shroyer Riley (Mrs. Coach) was granted the desire of her heart and passed on to her heavenly home on September 12, 2019 at the age of 82. She was born on November 3, 1936 the daughter of Marion A. and Gwendolyn (Gindlesparger) Shroyer.

She graduated from North Side High School in 1955. She was employed with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 20 years and was a member of Life Bridge Church.

Sharon was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Dave Riley and her sister Patty Lees. She is survived by her daughters, Terri (Dan) Stemen, Julie (Kevin) Burns and her two sons, Steve (Audrey) Riley and Scott (Robin) Riley. Other surviving family members are her sister Mary Ann White and brother Tom Shroyer.

Sharon was the grandmother to grandsons Anthony (Jamie) Paino, Andrew (Erin) Paino and granddaughters Maggie (Ty) Paino Schrock and Alex Riley. She was a proud great grandma to Dominic, Jonah, and McCartney Paino.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September, 28, 2019 at Life Bridge Church, 12719 Corbin Rd, Fort Wayne, IN. Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM with a memorial service following at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Life Bridge Church or Northrop Athletic Department. Visit to sign the online guestbook.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Riley family, I am sorry I was not able to go to the funeral because of being out of town. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends. Sharon was one of a kind. A great wife, mother, grandmother and assistant coach. She told you whether you liked it or not on many issues. I always tried to go see her at least once a year after Dave's passing. God Bless and may you Rest in Peace. Please keep an eye on Dave for us, okay?

Posted by Jim and Barb Lambert - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   September 29, 2019

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Mrs. Riley's family. I had the honor of meeting her a few times. She gave me a glass cat as she found I collect glass cats.. what a keepsake. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Posted by Kristi Witte - Woodburn, IN - Friend   September 28, 2019

Terri Riley was my best friend all through school starting in Kindergarten, I spent lots of time over those tears with the Riley Family. Always loved being around Mrs. personality and great mother to her children and embraced her children's friends.

I feel sad, but know she is at peace.

With admiration,

Marianne Ferraro Foote

Posted by Marianne Ferraro Foote Foote - Duluth, GA   September 26, 2019


Condolences to her family especially Steve and Scott. What a great lady, she never seemed to miss a game. No matter where it was played, no matter what age group. She was there to support or just enjoy. What a warm and terrific smile she possessed.
When my wife died she sent me a card with such insight, warmth and strength that I will never throw it away. She was just an incredible woman always taking care and supporting everyone else. She is in the kingdom of God now and receiving eternal joy. Sharon and Coach were both one of a kind, I'm privileged to have known them and the world would be a much better place with more like them.

Posted by Jerry Zent - Granger, IN - Friend   September 23, 2019

Sorry I can't attend to pay tribute to your mom. Living in Tennessee in retirement. Prayers for your family.

Posted by Les Howard - Chapel Hill, TN   September 22, 2019

What a great lady! The matriarch of a great family. The fan of all of the kids on the court or on the field. I had the pleasure of knowing that laugh for 40+ years. Always a smile and a kind word. The last time I saw her, she had her own seat at a Northrop volleyball match. She was where she belonged. Had a great hug and chat. Sad that it will be my last, but it still makes me smile. Bon voyage, my friend.

Posted by Phil Morey - Ft Wayne, IN - Friend   September 21, 2019


You sacrificed for us,
Loved us , prayed for us , prayed with us ,
And always supported us
And asked for nothing in return
Unfortunately at times got overlooked by some but never by us
We may have not said it enough
And will say it again
Thank you Mrs. Coach
We will always love you
Now go enjoy and give Coach a big hug from all of us
God has blessed you
And you will be greatly missed
Love always the Lady Bruins

Posted by Jenny Bull-Diehm - Fort Wayne, IN   September 20, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss!
Sharon was a dear classmate of mine at North Side High school. Ww were members of the Class of 1954. She was planning to attend our 65th Class reunion this weekend but instead God chose her to go home to be with him. We will truly miss her presence and please know that you, her family are in our hearts and our prayers.

Posted by Marty Kocks-Hamrick - Fort Wayne, IN - Classmate   September 19, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Coach. But the Bible tells us absent from the body, is present with the Lord. Fly high and kiss coach Riley for me.
Love you Charmene Humphrey

Posted by Charmene Ward - Fort Wayne, IN   September 19, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Coach passing. My heartfelt prayers go out to her family! She was a very special lady who I will never forget! Her and Coach Riley set an amazing example for me, and I loved seeing how much they meant to each other during my time playing ball for Northrop back in the 90's. Every time I have seen her since Coach passed, she talked about reuniting with him again and how she couldn't wait. It's so sad to lose a loved one, but I can't help but be happy for them since they are now together for eternity!

Posted by Heather (Meyer) Bowlin - Fort Wayne, IN   September 18, 2019

So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time. Gayle and Dave Burns

Posted by Dave Burns - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   September 17, 2019

The obituary sounds just like your mom. Uncle Ray called right after you all called him. I know this time is difficult but your mother and father are happier now than we can imagine, You all will be in my thoughts and prayers for the next couple of weeks moire so than normal. God bless.

Cousin Dan RIley

Posted by Daniel Riley - GREENFIELD, IN - Family   September 16, 2019

Sharon was a woman of great faith, and she helped make Northrop High School a great place to teach.

After Dave's passing she would drop by the Northrop men's luncheon just to say hello and pass along a smile and cheer.

Eric Beebe
Northrop High School

Posted by Eric Beebe - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   September 16, 2019


Rick and Deb Schimmoller

Posted by A friend   September 15, 2019

Oh my goodness I just saw this and am saddened she has passed. Her and my Mom were cousins and were like sisters when they were young at Northside. She always had a smile and a wave as I live in the apts she did, in fact just a few weeks ago we smiled and waved. I am sending my love and condolences to the family, Terri, Julie, Scott, and Steve. She is rejoicing to be with Dave again and getting her reward of eternal life as her Lord has promised.

Posted by LAURIE Campbell Wilson - FT WAYNE, IN - Family   September 14, 2019

Barb and I would like to extend our condolences and sympathies to the Riley families. She was a great wife, mother, grand mother and assistant coach. She was a friend of ours and went to see her after Dave's passing at least once a year. She was very opinionated and expressed her feelings in a positive way. She went to a lot of ball games as a spectator and critiqued the officials and players in her divine ways. Now, she is in heaven living another life with Dave again.

Posted by Jim and Barb Lambert - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   September 14, 2019


Terri, Steve, Scott and Julie,

I can't begin to tell you how much your mother has meant to me and my family. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I hope you find comfort in knowing she and your father are together again.

Our love to you all!

The Mark Siemer Family

Posted by Mark Siemer - Huntersville, NC   September 13, 2019

My Condolences To The Riley Family.

Posted by Gail Hoobler-Cardin - Fort Wayne, IN - Student   September 13, 2019

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