Sharon Propson of Dobbs Ferry died Saturday, Nov. 7, in the company of her husband and their two children. She was 44.
Born Sharon Marie Lulek on Oct. 3, 1976 to Martin and Deborah Lulek, Sharon was a gifted, energetic, and gregarious child, a lover of the outdoors, a friend to outsiders, and an all-around fearless adventurer. An accomplished swimmer and Girl Scout, Sharon loved the ballet and was an aspiring dancer. She attended St. Cunegunda in Detroit for grade school, and then Bishop Foley High School. There Sharon was head editor of the yearbook, a student journalist, and a spirited actress.
During those high school years, a small coterie of lifelong friends developed, rooted in Sharon’s gentle but tenacious loving nature. It was then that Sharon met her future husband, David Propson, whose sophisticated yet whimsical personality matched her own.
Sharon graduated from Michigan State University, in East Lansing in 1998. She studied journalism and worked as a reporter for the student-run Capitol News. After moving to Manhattan for their first jobs — Sharon as a publicist, David as a journalist — they married in 2001 and were blessed by the birth of their daughter Penelope (Penny) in 2009 and their son Theodore (Theo) in 2011. The family soon moved to their beloved Dobbs Ferry.
For more than 20 years, Sharon was an executive publicist with Random House. The ideal book publishing professional, Sharon possessed a unique mix of tenacity, unwavering optimism, and deep empathy for writers and their stories. Her determination brought readers renowned authors of national and international bestsellers, including Lee Child, Sophie Kinsella, Sister Helen Prejean, Glennon Doyle, Jonathan Kellerman, Kelly Corrigan, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Piper Kerman, Melanie Benjamin, Jodie Patterson, Catherine Steadman, Gail Caldwell, Katie Arnold, Kate Hope Day, Margalit Fox, and Jenny Rosenstrach.
Shortly after her 40th birthday, Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the years that followed, her tremendous wisdom and optimism led her family through a maze of decisions. When she learned that her death was imminent, she approached her remaining days undaunted, joyfully welcoming family and friends, writing letters, listening to music, taking walks, and loving her husband and children. No one who met Sharon was unmoved by her way of living.
Sharon is survived by her husband David Propson; children Penelope and Theodore; mother Deborah Lulek; father Martin Lulek; grandmother Opal Lulek; sister Kate Starosta, brother-in-law Dominik, niece Abbey, nephew Dash; and a large extended family.