Sharon W. Sticha, a former high school teacher and the financial chief of an educational consulting business, died of complications from breast cancer Thursday at her Columbia home. She was 63.
Born Sharon Elaine Webb in Neptune, N.J., and raised in Urbana, Ill., she earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a second master's degree at Georgetown University.
She moved to Essex and taught math and French at Kenwood High School before relocating to Columbia 1968. She taught at Glenelg and Hammond high schools in Howard County.
In 1975, she joined her husband in a business, VIS Consultants, which provides computer software for the administration of school video libraries. At her death, she was the firm's chief financial officer.
She was a founding member of the Columbia Bridge Club. She also enjoyed solving crossword puzzles.
She was a scorekeeper and meet manager for the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League. She also helped with the Columbia Clippers, the Columbia Association's swim team.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Philip E. Sticha; three daughters, Michele Ritter of Clarksville, Cherie Stancik of Wilmington, Del., and Debbie Sticha of Catonsville; her mother, Margaret Webb of Urbana; a brother, Steve Webb of Costa Mesa, Calif.; two sisters, Diana Webb of Los Alamos, N.M., and Pat Muirhead of Indio, Calif; and two grandchildren.