Conlin’s generosity lives on in new fund

Sharon Kay (Kinczewski) Conlin
Sharon Kay (Kinczewski) Conlin

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Community Foundation has established the Sharon Kay (Kinczewski) Conlin Memorial Fund. Created in honor of Sharon Conlin, this fund provides annual support to programs and organizations that align with her charitable interests.

Conlin was born Nov. 22, 1957, in DeKalb, the daughter of Henry “Hank” and Mary (Daley) Kinczewski. She attended St Mary’s elementary school, which at the time was an all-girls school. She graduated from DeKalb High School in 1975 and then attended Kishwaukee College.

She married Dave Conlin on April 28, 1984, at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb. Her daughter, Stephanie, was born on Oct. 16, 1986, and her son, Zachary, also was born on Oct. 16 in 1989. Her family joked that the identical birthdates of her children were no coincidence. Sharon’s husband, Dave, said, “She was always a planner.”

Whether it was babysitting or part-time jobs, Sharon took her work seriously. She was employed by the First National Bank in DeKalb for nearly 40 years, holding many positions, including management. She oversaw major conversions of the bank’s operating systems and mergers into Castle Bank and then First National Bank of Omaha.

All her life, Sharon enjoyed traveling. When she was young, she accompanied her family on camping trips and weekend stays on a lake in Wisconsin. When her children came along, she shared her love of camping, especially at Condit’s Ranch near Putnam, Illinois. Vacation trips usually involved bringing along her children’s cousins or friends to share in the fun. Sharon was looking forward to many more traveling adventures upon her retirement.

Conlin was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb and was known for her giving nature. She participated in the Meals on Wheels delivery program and the Feed My Starving Children food pack event. Sharon was quick to volunteer, encourage others, and to give away what she had when she thought someone else needed it.

Donations to any fund at the Community Foundation can be made online at or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

For information, contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or

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