Women’s History Month: Sharon Dietrich – Mom, Mover and More

Sharon Dietrich is the definition of a hard worker. Raised in the moving and storage industry, Sharon has known moving her entire life.  

Lawrence H. Roush, Sharon’s father, started a local moving company named Parma Movers in 1951, and Sharon watched the family business grow as her parents navigated business ownership from their kitchen table. They booked moves with a pencil and pad of paper.  

By the time Sharon became a teenager, the business had established a warehouse and office. One day, a young man vandalized one of the trucks, throwing a rock and busting a windshield. Sharon’s father made the young man, Gene Dietrich, work until he paid off the cost of the broken glass. Little did Lawrence know that Gene and Sharon would become quite the pair, settle down, get married and have a few children.  

Fast forward, the company evolved into various family businesses, including the current Lincoln Moving & Storage Co., a proud agent of Bekins Van Lines since 2008.  

According to Sharon’s daughter Annie Dietrich, Sharon has worked in the office doing anything and everything throughout the decades.  

“I think my mom would say that the best part of being a business owner is that through all the ups and downs, she’s been able to navigate whatever came their way with her true life partner, my dad, Gene Dietrich,” said Annie. 

Sharon and Gene have endured everything over the years – good times, bad times, hard economic times and more.  

Some of the good times for Sharon include receiving the 1999 Ohio Movers Hall of Fame Award, alongside Gene.  

“It was the first time ever given to a couple instead of just one person,” Annie said.  

Being a business owner isn’t all fun and games  according to Annie, people automatically think that if you’re a small business owner that you are rich. People don’t see the endless hours of hard work, phones ringing with broken down drivers, anytime, day or night, and they don’t see how hard small business owners take it when they lose a customer or great employee.  

Sharon pours her heart and soul into her business, family and community. She loves her family endlessly and will go the extra mile for any customer, employee or agent in the network.  Sharon’s parents worked hard, and she learned from the best, teaching her kids the same.  

“I think she would probably say that seeing her kids grow up and now run the businesses is a very proud moment as a parent,” said Annie.  

The Wheaton Group is proud to have Sharon and all the Dietrich family members as part of our network family.