PERU — Sharon L. Gruendling, 72, formerly of Lakeshore Drive, Willsboro, and Marco Island, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, following a courageous battle with cancer, with her loving family by her side.
Sharon was currently residing with her daughter and family on Route 22B in Peru.
She was born in Lawrence, Mass., July 24, 1941, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Quinn) Menzie. She grew up in Lawrence and graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School, and later from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.
Sharon was a physical education teacher at Long Meadow High School in Long Meadow, Mass., Otter River High School in Durham, N.H., and lastly Peru Central School where she also coached from 1970 until 1999.
Sharon started the swim team, coached field hockey, basketball, and softball. Her swim teams compiled a dual meet record of 90-1 over eight seasons, with eight CVAC championships and seven sectional titles. In softball, the Indians won 18 CVAC championships, eight sectional and four regional titles while compiling a 315-61 record. As a basketball coach, Gruendling's teams compiled a 146-51 record while winning CVAC and sectional titles in 1998. Her field hockey teams in the 1970's won six league and three sectional championships.
During her retirement, she assisted at the Westport Golf Club, and assisted in coaching her granddaughter's youth commission sports teams as well as assisting with the modified softball team. She was inducted into the Peru High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Gruendling inspired so many athletes and helped so many people in our community. She taught the importance of making commitments, striving for success, and to always put your best foot forward. Her continuous positive attitude, dedication, and hard work has shown through the many students and athletes she coached and she lived this to the end of her life.