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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Sharon Marie Bradley
December 10, 1949 - July 30, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Friday, August 4, 2023, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Viewing - Saturday, August 5, 2023, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Ambler
Funeral Mass - Saturday, August 5, 2023, 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Ambler
Graveside Service - Saturday, August 5, 2023, 12:30 PM at Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - St. Anthony of Padua Church - 259 Forest Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002 - 215-646-4742 - Map
Cemetery - Hillside Cemetery - 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA 19001 - 215-884-0696 - Map
Family Florist - Kremp Florist - 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-6700 - Map
Donation - Friends of Upper Dublin Public Library - 520 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA 19034 - 215-628-8744 - Map
Donation - Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard - 150 N. Main Street, PO Box 367, Ambler, PA 19002 - 215-628-3002 - Map
Donation - Pulmonary Fibrosis Association - 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611 - 844-825-5733 - Map

The following obituary was written by Sharon’s family.

Sharon Marie (Haas) Bradley, RN, 73, of Lower Gwynedd, PA, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2023 in Abington Hospital due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

Sharon was born on December 10, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA to Carl William and Marie Theresa (McGlynn) Haas, in Philadelphia, PA and was raised in Willow Grove, PA. After graduating from the first class of Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, PA in 1967, she went on to Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA and earned her Diploma of Nursing in 1970. She went on to a 50 year career in health care as a clinician, educator, and director of nursing. As a board-certified infection preventionist, she authored or co-authored numerous publications for the ECRI Institute, the American Journal of Infection Control, and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. She also spoke at multiple national conventions for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology. She delayed her retirement to provide support to hospitals and long-term care facilities during the covid-19 pandemic as an Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner with the ECRI Institute.

Sharon was predeceased by her parents and her stepson, Daniel Bradley. Left behind to mourn her loss are her best friend and the love of her life, George Bradley, with whom she celebrated 30 years of marriage on June 26, 2023; her children Jennifer (Matthew) Beck, Brian Mack, and Sarah Bradley (Thierry van Bastelaer). Also surviving are her seven grandchildren, Andrew, Allison, Caroline, Justin, and Nathan Beck; Anthony Rispo; and Maxfield van Bastelaer Bradley, as well as her brother, Dennis Haas and nieces Jacquelyn (John) O’Connor and Rachael Haas (Clayton Walster). Sharon had immeasurable love for and pride in her family and they will miss her terribly.

Sharon enjoyed ancestral research, spending time in her sunroom, reading, music, and traveling, and in her younger years loved to go dancing. Decorating her home and hosting neighbors and co-workers for open houses during the Christmas holidays brought her great joy, as did hosting visitors to ‘The Bradley Inn’ for summertime fun at the pool and pleasant evenings on the deck. Visiting Mexico, Thailand, France, and Ireland with George were trips that meant a great deal to her. She and George rented a beach home in the Townsends Inlet section of Sea Isle City for a week nearly every summer since 1994 to vacation with their children and grandchildren, creating wonderful memories. Although George always did the majority of the cooking, family meals with her famous lasagna, stir-fry, or French Toast will always live on in our memory. Sharon stayed close to her faith as a member of St. David Church in Willow Grove in her early life, and for the last 20 years with St. Anthony of Padua Church in Ambler. Praying the Holy Rosary brought her much comfort in these last few months when she was unable to attend Mass regularly.

Visitation was held on Friday, August 4 from 6 until 8 pm at Wetzel & Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA. Mass of Christian Burial took place on Saturday, August 5 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Ambler PA. There was an additional visitation period beginning at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Friends of Upper Dublin Public Library, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, or the Mattie M. Dixon Community Cupboard. In memory of her, everybody dance now and don’t forget to wash your hands. Safe journey home, Mom.

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