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Sharon Rose Nyman, of Stanchfield, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023, at the Cambridge Medical Center. She was 81 years old.
Sharon was born on July 2, 1942, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to parents Albert and Erma (Wiegert) Thomas. She grew up in Minneapolis and was very close with her mother. She married the love of her life, Paul, on July 17, 1976. They raised their family in Coon Rapids until 1986, when they built their home in Stanchfield on the land Paul grew up on.
Sharon worked many different jobs in her life. She spent some time working in a daycare and at the school cafeteria while her kids were young, so she was never far away from them. As the kids got older, she worked in several factories, like CMP and Cinch. Her jobs were always a means to help support the family. She worked hard, but it was always more about the people to her; she took away many great friendships while working, which carried on well after retirement.
Sharon loved giving back to the community, especially as part of the church. She was a member of the Alter Guild for many years. She also ran the volunteer list for the nursery for many years, ensuring everyone could attend services while having a space to bring their kids.
Sharon's real passion was being a caretaker for her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. And, of course, for Paul. When he wanted to move north and start a hobby farm, she went along for the ride and helped him anytime he asked. She put up with all of the animals he brought home, and all the pranks he liked to play; they were an excellent balance for each other.
Sharon was kind and caring to all who crossed her path. She was a grandmother to everyone. She was soft-spoken and always put everyone else's needs before hers. She always knew what was going on and was always working in the background to help make things better. She had suffered many heartbreaks but always kept moving forward intensely and caring for others.
It is hard to put into words the impact Sharon had on her family and everyone she met, but she left her mark on all of them.
Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, children Mary Thom, Deborah Earl, and Michael Lans, and siblings Lloyd Weiss and LaVonne (Harvey) Schultz.
She is survived by daughter Paula (Steve) Reiss; son-in-law Dave (Lori) Thom; daughter-in-law Cheryl Lans; grandchildren Josh (Traci) Nyman, Michael (Dani) Earl, Amber (Nate) Skarhus, Michelle Earl (Blake), Alyssa Thom (Anthony), and Garrett Lans; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Owen, Charlotte, Benjamin, Aaron, Elizabeth, Brittani, Aidan, and Jacob; sisters-in-law Joyce Weiss and Gladys Woodburn; many other relatives and friends.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church with Pastor Suzanne Begin officiating.
VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church, beginning at 10am.
INTERMENT will be in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.
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