Sharon Jeane Francis Dinstel left us too soon. She passed away on June 19, 2020. Sharon was born November 21st, 1951 in St Louis, Missouri. She lived in Florissant, Missouri until she left for college and graduated from Truman State with her master’s degree in Speech Pathology with a minor in Dance. Sharon’s career and her love for skiing brought her to Billings, Montana. While there she met the love of her life and married Delbert Dinstel on September 23rd, 1978.
During the beginning of their marriage, they lived in Wheatland Wyoming, Sitka Alaska, Miles City Montana, and Alzada Montana until they moved to Colstrip, Montana in 1982. Sharon worked for the Colstrip School district until she became an independent contractor. Sharon worked to improve the lives of many children throughout Eastern Montana. She committed the bulk of her career to working with youngsters from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and other rural communities. She was passionate about working with special needs children and found great joy in helping them communicate more clearly. Sharon took great pride in serving on the Montana State Board of speech pathology and audiology for 10 years, being appointed by Governor Schweitzer and reappointed by Governor Bullock.
In college, her friends nicknamed her the “talky-ologist” and if you ever met her you would understand why! Having never met a stranger, Sharon seized every opportunity to make new friends and laughter was the proof. Laughter was loud and often. Sharon gave and got love from her friends, family, and work. It was that love that she used to beat cancer, asthma and surgeries. Her love was a magnet! Sharon’s love pulled friends to her and she held them close.
Sharon greatest joys in life were spending time with her family and friends. She especially loved to spoil her six grandchildren. Sharon was passionate about politics and dedicated a lot of her time volunteering on many campaigns. When Sharon heard music, she never missed the chance to dance. Sharon loved to create art and enjoyed sharing her creations with her loved ones.
Sharon was preceded in death by her Father Nicholas Francis, Mother Marian Francis, and other family members. Sharon was survived by her husband Delbert Dinstel of 41 years, eldest daughter Synda Savage her husband Josh Savage and their 5 Children, Braden, James, Madison, Saige, and Hope. Youngest Daughter Alison Gutshall and her husband Nicholas Gutshall and their daughter Lillian. Her brother Nick Francis and wife Jan, their son Randy and wife Roxanne.
The celebration of Sharon’s life will take place on June 25th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at CPRD Rye Park in Colstrip Montana and lunch will be provided after. COVID-19 distancing guidelines is encouraged.
In Lieu of flowers, her family is requesting donations to Chief Dull Knife College and/or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Please make checks out to Chief Dull Knife College and on the memo line please write, “In Memory of Sharon Dinstel Scholarship Fund.”