Sharyn Yanku Wilk

DATELINE: Cranston

Wilk, Sharyn Yanku, 64, of Cranston, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Mass. General Hospital, Boston. Born in Providence, she was a loving daughter of Esther (Lecht) Yanku and the late Leonard Yanku. Sharyn was an information technologist for the City of Cranston. She lived her bucket list her entire life. She was loved by her family and friends and had a joy of life in everything she did. Sharyn was a lifelong learner and volunteer, serving on numerous boards, including the Providence Ronald McDonald House. Beloved mother of Saul (Lindsay) Wilk of Grafton, MA and Jason Wilk (Erin Duffek) of Cranston. Dear sister of Robert (Lorraine) Yanku of Leesburg, VA, Alan (Cheri) Yanku of Lincoln, Steven (Gail) Yanku of Cranston, and Lisa (David) Maroni of Cranston. Cherished savta of Levi, Tobias, Ayden and Isaiah. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. in TEMPLE BETH-EL, 70 Orchard Ave., Providence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to A.L.S. Association-RI Chapter, 2915 Post Rd., Warwick, RI 02886 or Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574. Friends are invited to visit at 18 East Butterfly Way, Lincoln, Friday 2-4, Sun. and Mon. 4-7 p.m. Arrangements by SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Cranston.


  1. Lynda Hopkins
    Sep 12, 2013

    Dear Jason, Saul and families,
    Your Mom was a very special person. She was always so welcoming and loving to us all whenever we visited RI. Our family will miss her so very much. But her spirit lives through you and your wonderful children–seeing you will always remind us of the wonderful times we spent with you and your parents over the years.
    Lynda Steve Ben and Jeff

  2. Marc & Anne Beacken
    Sep 13, 2013

    Saul & Jason, your families and the entire Yanku family -
    Sharyn was a special ‘cool’ relative – someone to whom both Anne and I could talk easily to. Aside from her family stories of course, I loved hearing some of her work experiences. But what I really learned from Sharyn was her incredibly positive outlook and her determination to take on new challenges and fulfill them. Anne and I are both with you on this difficult journey, and wish you all, during the coming year, a year of healing, a year of peace, a year of remembrance and appreciation. I very much hope to see you very soon. – Love, Marc & Anne, David, Shoshana & Gabrielle.

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