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Obituary for Shari Renee Handel (Matz)

Shari Handel left a gaping hole in many hearts when she left this world on January 31, 2024. She knew no stranger and her love knew no bounds. She met the love of her life, Charles “Chuck” Handel, in 1952 and they were married in 1956. During their 67 years of marriage, they lived every moment to the fullest. They traveled and ate their way through all 7 continents, 95 countries, and almost the entire US. She was the loving mother of Elyse Sweeney (Travis Gruenberg), the late Steven and David Handel, and the dear sister of Linda (Howard) Newman. Shari was affectionately known as “Grammalla” or “Gamma” to her grandchildren, Jeremy Handel (Brittany Hanks), Matthew Handel, Samantha (Craig) Himegarner, Jessica (Micah) Hewett, Will (Kaylah) Handel, Zach (Karina) Sweeney, and Livia Handel (Ian Matey). Her great-grandchildren, Reese and Harper Hewett and Marlowe Himegarner, will remember her as “G.G.”. She was also a caring maternal figure to Patrick Sweeney (Maria Gomez), Linda McCartney, Laura Eisen, Diane Botica, and the late Sandy Gordon. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday Feb.13th at 11:30 AM at Beth Hillel B’nai Emunah. The service van be viewed on Shari’s webpage, live, or any time after the funeral. Contributions in Shari’s name to CJ Smiles would be appreciated. Info: Mitzvah Memorial Funerals 630-MITZVAH 630-648-9824