A Tragic Loss For Our HDS Family

October 14, 2020

Dear Parents of Hiawatha Day School,

It is with the deepest agony I write this notice.  Mrs. Sharon Hangartner was found deceased this evening after being reported as missing since early Sunday.  Sharon was a beautiful part of our staff for the past three years, and is loved immensely by the children and families we serve.   

The circumstances of Sharon’s death are traumatic, sudden and so very unexpected.  It is necessary I close Hiawatha Day School for the remainder of the week for staff to grieve, seek comfort in one another, and opportunity for professional grief assistance. 

I ask you pray for our school, our staff and for Sharon’s family.  There is great love inside our school, but tonight there is great loss and heartache.


Christa A. Fielder

Hiawatha and Cedar Rapids Day School