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Sharon Ann SalzmanAge: 66 years19392006

Sharon Ann Salzman
Married name
Sharon Ann Bishop
Birth July 26, 1939 26 24
Hamline Univeristy School of Nursing

Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Henry Salzman
November 30, 1943 (Age 4 years)
Source: S1526
Death of a paternal grandmotherMargaret Attig
April 2, 1946 (Age 6 years)

Source: S1527
Death of a maternal grandfatherRobert S Carlisle
March 8, 1954 (Age 14 years)
Source: S1542
Death of a maternal grandmotherDella Madeline Way
January 2, 1959 (Age 19 years)
Source: S1543
Death of a fatherWayne Alvin Salzman
March 7, 1989 (Age 49 years)
Burial of a fatherWayne Alvin Salzman
after March 7, 1989 (Age 49 years)
Note: Lake Benton Cemetery,
Death of a motherEdna Carlisle
March 14, 1997 (Age 57 years)
Source: S1524
Burial of a motherEdna Carlisle
after March 14, 1997 (Age 57 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Memorial Hill Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 122798608)
Public Health School Nurse, South High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Death April 12, 2006 (Age 66 years)
Burial April 18, 2006 (6 days after death)
Note: Lakewood Cemetery

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Edna Carlisle
Birth: October 15, 1914 49 38Lake Benton, Lincoln, Minnesota
Death: March 14, 1997Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Sharon Ann Salzman
Birth: July 26, 1939 26 24Tyler, Lincoln, Minnesota
Death: April 12, 2006Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
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Sharon Ann Salzman
Birth: July 26, 1939 26 24Tyler, Lincoln, Minnesota
Death: April 12, 2006Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
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husband’s wife

BirthMinnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002

Lakewood Cemetery

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Died peacefully at home with her family at her bedside.

SHARON SALZMAN was born on July 26, 1939. She grew up on the family's farm near Lake Benton in southwestern Minnesota. Her family lived with her paternal grandparents, and her mother's family, the Carlisles, lived one and a half miles from the land they homesteaded beginning in the1860s. Sharon described her upbringing as "old fashioned." Her family lived without indoor plumbing or a telephone, and Sharon attended a one-room schoolhouse on the virgin prairie. Grandfather Carlisle had helped to build the school, and her Great Aunt Hattie Carlisle taught there. Both her dad and mother had attended the school, as had most of Sharon's peers' parents. Each class had only one or two students, and the teacher called one or two classes to the front of the classroom at a time for their lessons. The other students then had the benefit of overhearing the lessons for the upper grades, and review happened naturally when the younger students had their lessons. Sharon discovered that all learners have their own unique learning struggles, and that the time it takes to learn depends on the individual. This understanding helped her learn to forgive herself for her weaknesses and to be more compassionate towards others for theirs. She also learned the importance of being prepared since she was the only student in her class from the second through the seventh grade. If she hadn't done her homework, the teacher sent her back to her desk. While her family didn't have many books, she was never refused trips to the library. Thus, she developed the habit of reading early. She laughed when she recalled that one of the first things she ever bought with her own money was a poor quality edition of Black Beauty. The Book cost less than a dollar, and her father commented, "Well, if you want to spend your allowance on books ..." Sharon benefited from ample adult attention. Her sister was born not quite two years after Sharon; when her mother was busy with the new baby, Sharon received special attention from Grandma. Sharon fondly recalled the relationship: "At the beginning, when I was not quite two, my Grandma watched me. Then, at the end of Grandma's life, I watched her." Sharon grew up in the Methodist church and she was active in the Sunday school and youth group. When she began to consider being a missionary nurse, it was the Methodist women who suggested that Sharon attend Hamline University in St. Paul. The degree she earned, a bachelor of science in nursing, proved to be necessary for the psychiatric nursing job she held at the University of Minnesota immediately after college, and for every other future job as well. After Dan Bishop and Sharon were married by the Methodist minister in Sharon's hometown, the couple took a honeymoon in the Boundary Waters-to the chagrin of Sharon's mother, who wasn't sure if they would return from the wilderness alive. The couple spent the first three months of their marriage at Dan's private Boy Scout camp. After returning to Minneapolis, one of Sharon's first introductions to the activities at First Universalist Church was when Dan's mother, Frederica Bishop, brought Sharon to the fall AUW tea. Sharon soon became active in the AUW, attending the events and helping the evening group-a book discussion group-plan their book list for the year. The 1970s were exciting for UU women because the denomination passed the Women in Religion Resolution. Drusilla Cummins was the UU Women's Federation (UUWF) board president at the time, and she appointed Sharon as chair of the Women and Religion Resolution Committee of the Prairie Star District and as the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) advocate for the UUWF. As the ERA advocate, she became the UUWF representative to the National Religious Coalition for the ERA. Said Sharon: "On one hand, it was a disappointment because the ERA amendment failed. On the other hand, it was exhilarating because we put together small committees to develop worship services and other programs for the Prairie Star meetings. There were always women at the meeting that hadn't connected with this kind of religion." Ritual practices were just developing at the time, and Sharon and other leaders not only tried them out, they helped to develop them. Sharon described one of the struggles of the AUW during the 1970s as breaking away from what the group had been doing. Women were going back to school or work, and they didn't have the time or energy to do some of the things they'd formerly done. There was a shift to larger annual events that offered women opportunities to connect and get to know each other. In the '70s, new ideas for programming often came from General Assembly; Sharon and other women brought these ideas back to Minneapolis. One of the programs tried at First Universalist that came from general Assembly was "Cakes for the Queen of Heaven," a feminist curriculum created by the UU Women's Federation and the Women and Religion Committee to help women explore ritual and the Goddess. The AUW has a long and strong tradition of remaining open to new programming ideas. This has extended to both nontraditional program ideas like ritual practices and a beer and brats night, and to cultural traditions such as the Mother Daughter Banquet. The annual retreat, which came in the 1990s, has also been a significant addition to the organization's programming. Sharon has been most generous in the gift of her time for church functions. In addition to serving as president of the church from 1979-81, she has worked with various committees of the church, especially the Library Committee, and she has provided years of leadership and service to the AUW. She was president of the AUW from 1972-74 and in 1986-87. She was vice president in 1994-95 and in 1996-97, when she also chaired the Program Committee. She was an at-large board member in 1995-96, 1993-94, 1985-86, and 1983-84, and she served on the budget committee in 1981-82. She chaired the Program Planning Committee for the afternoon group in 1974-75, and she was on the United Nations Rally Committee that year. She was chair of the evening program in 1971-72. In 1966-67 she chaired the AUW Nominating Committee.

Written by Mary Junge atter two oral history interviews with Sharon Bishop.

The AUW's Clara Barton plaque hangs in the UU office in Washington, D.C. Three AUW members from First Universalist Church of Minneapolis were advocates for women on a national denominational level in the 1960s and through the 1980s, especially through the UU Women's Federation (UUWF). In 2004, the AUW proudly honored Betty Benjamin, Sharon Bishop, and Drusilla Cummins by giving their names a permanent home on the Clara Barton plaque in Washington, D. C....

Sharon Bishop: A high school nurse for the Minneapolis Public Schools, Sharon led the first in-school support group in Minneapolis (1989)-for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgenderyouth. She served on the second task force on gay rights under Minnesota's Governor Arne Carlson, and co-authored Alone No More: Developing a School Support System for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth f 1994. In 1975, Sharon was appointed as the official UUWF advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment. She chaired, and was the Prairie Star District delegate for, the first Women and Religion conference in Grailville, Ohio (1979): The conference marked the beginning of the movement to change our UU principles and purposes to represent and fulfill gender equity in our denomination. At First Universalist Church, Sharon started the Full Moon/New Moon Ritual group; in l980 she organized the first Winter Solstice Service. Her attendance at numerous UU Women's Federation meetings and workshops, in addition to UU General Assemblies, fed the creative programs she developed at First Universalist Church while enriching her personal life.