Sharon Sawaya

Sharon Sawaya, 72, of Laporte, IN passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 


Sharon, the fourth child of Peter Charles Peters and Emma (George) Peters was born on October 9, 1948 in Waterville, Maine. 


Sharon was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Laporte for many years. 

Many people, both in Laporte and beyond, knew her as the “cake lady” whose works of art were as delicious as they were beautiful. 


She built her business from scratch and was also known to offer her goods to charitable groups for their fundraisers. 


Sharon was known for putting others before herself, often taking in others who needed a bit of extra support. The moniker Mama Sawaya was well known in the area.


She is survived by a sister, Sister Sharon Marie (Dale Ann Peters) of the UK; three daughters, Stephani (Brent) Giffin of Crown Point, IN, Shannon (Aaron) Zila of La Porte, IN, Shawn (Kent) Arnsbarger of La Porte, IN;  three sons, Sam (Jessica) Sawaya of Valparaiso, IN, Scott (Rachel) Sawaya of Valparaiso, IN, Steven Sawaya of La Porte, IN; thirteen grandchildren, Sarah Novak, Tori Novak, Whitney Zila, Grant Zila, Samira Arnsbarger, Pierce Arnsbarger, Leila Sawaya, Sophia Affeld, Eloise Sawaya, Elias Sawaya, Simon Sawaya, Hadley Sawaya, Adeline Sawaya; two great-grandchildren, William Langford, Ily Langford.


Sharon was preceded in death by her husband Sam, her parents, a daughter, Stacy Sawaya, brother, Doug Peters, and a sister, Nancy Peters.


Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Monday, May 3rd from 3:30 PM until 7 PM.  


A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, La Porte, with Father Nate Edquist officiating which everyone is invited to attend.  Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, Indiana.


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