Sharon Paulette Rosen passed away on Monday, October 4, 2022 from cancer at the age of 68. She fought extremely hard for more time with her loved ones. She was beloved by her family and community and will be dearly missed.
Sharon was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Rolling Hills High School in Rolling Hills, California. She received a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific University Forest Grove in Forest Grove, Oregon where she graduated with high honors. She received a Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialty in Music from Oregon State University in Portland, Oregon.
Sharon dedicated her life to instilling a love and appreciation of music in children. She taught music for 46 years.
While living in Oregon, Sharon taught at North Plains Elementary in North Plains (1976-1979), Chehalem School in Beaverton (1979-1980), and Minter Bridge Elementary School in Hillsboro (1980-1984). While living in California, Sharon taught at Montebello School in Cupertino (1985-1988), Hillbrook School in Los Gatos (1984-1988), Evergreen School District (1988-1991), St. Martin of Tours (1988-1993), San Jose Unified School District in San Jose (1991-1993), and Campbell Union School District in Campbell, where she taught for the last 28 years (1994-2022). Sharon also taught piano from her home for 38 years using the Suzuki Method (1984-2022). She put on recitals for her students in her home.
Sharon married her husband, Robert Higginbotham, in 1982. In 1984, they moved from Oregon to San Jose, California where they lived out the rest of their lives. Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Higginbotham. She is survived by her daughter, June Berton (Mara) and her brothers Lee Rosen (Linda) and Frank Rosen (Cheryl).
Sharon was a vibrant person who enjoyed dancing, bowling, puzzles, a good cup of coffee, a glass of Chardonnay, keeping in touch with her many friends and loved ones, and spending time with her daughter, daughter-in-law, and “granddoggy.” She was the life of the party and made friends with people everywhere she went.
Friends and family are invited to a funeral service on Monday, October 10th, 2022 at 10:00am at Darling and Fischer Memorial Chapel, 231 E. Campbell Ave in Campbell. Burial at Los Gatos Memorial Park and a Reception at her home to follow.
Donations can be made in Sharon’s name to Save The Music Foundation or Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation. Clink Donation link below.