Sharon A. Vairo

Sharon A. Vairo, 81, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2017, at Sun Rise Memory Care in Carlsbad, California.She was born in Laurium on June 22, 1936. She along with her parents moved to Detroit when Sharon was a young girl and she completed her high school education there in 1953.

Sharon then entered Wayne State University in the Fall of 1953 and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She went on to complete a Masters of Science Degree at the University of Colorado in 1960 and upon completing that she joined the United States Air Force as an officer and a flight nurse. She was most proud of the fact that she participated in many medical evacuation flights bringing our wounded military back to the United States during the Vietnam War.

After her initial active duty service she joined the Air Force Reserves as a nurse and remained on active reserve status for 32 years, retiring as a Colonel in 1992. Sharon furthered her education while in the Air Force Reserve and completed a Doctorate of Nursing Science Degree at the University of San Diego in 1998. She was a Professor of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary’s University from 1972 until her retirement in 2003.

As a member of the Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California, which was very dear to her, she was the Parish nurse and took part in the women’s prayer group and participated on their softball team.

Sharon was preceded in death by her father, James J. Vairo; and her mother, Arbutus Blue Vairo.

She is survived by a brother, James P. Vairo and his wife, Jackie of Ewing, New Jersey; and four nieces, Beverly Bertram of Levittown, Pennsylvania, Jaime Trafford, Toni Loitfellner-Renk and Jennifer Prince all of Ewing, New Jersey.

Funeral services will be held at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. on December 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet.

Donations in Sharon’s memory may be made to the Nursing Scholarship Fund at Mount St Mary’s University, Institutional Advancement Department, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA. 90007.