Sharon K. Foster March 28, 1939 – October 17, 2011 Sharon Foster, affectionately known to her family as "Nana", passed away peacefully on October 17, 2011 surrounded by her family. As a 2004 lung transplant recipient from USC University Hospital she received her second wind and lived life with passion and devotion to her loving family. She dedicated much of her time and energy with the USC Lung Transplant Support Group assisting recipients and their families. Left to carry on her memory are daughter, Tammy Balteff (Chris), son Vincent Foster (Kelly) and her most cherished grandchildren, Shawn Balteff (Krystle), Natalie Balteff, Jacob Foster, Aaron Noriega and Kevin Noriega. Sharon Foster was the loving daughter of Wilbur and Eva Fief. Sharon's passion was her family. Her hobbies included gardening and music. One of her many extended families were the wonderful people of Rhino Records. As the Vice President of Human Resources, Sharon took great joy in the professional development of many young people. Her life will be celebrated 10am Sunday, October 30, 2011 at White and Day Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503.

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  1. My heart goes out to Tammy, Vince and their families. I know that today is difficult, and I know everyone knows “Nana” is no longer suffering. She was blessed with a gift that was able to keep her with us and able to provide comforting and guidance that will stay with us forever. Sharon always had a sense of humor, even when she had some parenting, guidance to give, or “Nana’ing” that needed to be done. That helped me truly respect the great, well rounded person she was. I will miss her and I know she has made a huge impression on me, and always will be remembered by my family.

  2. Sharon had a wonderful gift for making people comfortable at all times. She was fun to be around and incredibly warm and open. She was inspiring as a human and a hero during and after her lung transplant — she really was able to share what a gift life was. She will be missed incredibly and my prayers go out to Vince, Tammy and their families as they say farewell to Sharon’s life on earth. I am comforted to know that she is with our Father in Heaven and is no longer suffering any pain. Much love to you all.

  3. Nana was a person I could always count on. She was a wonderful grandmother and she is absolutely flawless. I love her and will miss her. When I would visit California she was always there and treated me as if I was her own granddaughter. I will always and forever remember the loving person she was and the impression my Nana made on me and my life. She has taught me many life lessons. And provided me with and abundance of socks that keep my feet warm!!! I love and miss you Nana and I hope that you know that even though I can not make it to your funeral, you are in my heart and forever will be. I love you with my whole heart, Kenzie<3

  4. We will miss you Nana! Ever since we were babies you treated like your own grandchildren. Every year we knew our socks were coming, and my parents will vauch for me that was one of Kenzie and I’s favorite gifts! You will never know how much it meant to me that you treated me like your grandchild even though biologically I wasn’t. I miss and love you Nana!! Life will not be the same without you!!

  5. Sharon was a great friend to my sister and to our entire family. We were able to share many special moments over the year and I really don’t know how I would have gotten through my sister’s passing without Sharon. Like anyone, I wish I could have spent more time with her but in the end I am eternally grateful that she was my friend. I love you and will miss you.

  6. Sharon was my mentor and friend. I loved her as a member of my family. She was the most intuitive person I have ever met. Her ability to read people and help them is a talent I have always wanted to emulate but could never come close to her ability. When we met she saw something in me that I never would have believed I had. She took me under her wing and in to her family. I will be forever grateful to her and I will remember and love her always.

  7. Dear Nana, You are the strongest person I know. You are the role model of my life. You have taught me so much. I know I am so lucky to have had you in my life for 25 years. Call me selfish but that’s to short. You mean the world to me and are my best friend. I love you with all my heart. Like you always said to me, you are always close to my heart and always will be. I miss you so much. Love, Nan

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