Oct. 12, 1960 – June 14, 2014

Sharon Southworth, longtime administrative aide with the U.S. Federal Defenders Office and other federal agencies, died Saturday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long illness. The Derby resident was 53.

Mrs. Southworth had worked as a branch administrative assistant and paralegal in the Buffalo Federal Defenders Office since 2010. Before that, she was an administrative assistant in Buffalo’s U.S. Attorney’s Office for 22 years, and she worked 10 years before that for the Internal Revenue Service’s Buffalo District.

Co-workers remember Mrs. Southworth for her friendly, upbeat attitude, her sparkling sense of humor and her dedication, said one of her bosses, former U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn. “She was just a wonderful person to work with,” Flynn said.

The former Sharon Janik grew up in West Seneca and graduated from West Seneca High School in 1977. She began working for the federal government soon afterward.

A former parent volunteer at Canisius High School, Mrs. Southworth enjoyed traveling, photography and attending sporting events to cheer on her two sons, Dean and Ryan.

In addition to her sons, she is survived by Mark Southworth, her husband of 26 years; her mother, Irene Janik; two sisters, Patricia Jarmuz and Christine Aguglia; and two brothers, Richard and Daniel Janik.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 2052 Lake View Road, Lake View.