Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN

Rock-Ingebrand • Braham, MN

Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121



Sharon Gardner, of Braham, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 76 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham with Pastor Julie Beck officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm on Tuesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

INURNMENT will be at a future date at the Grasston Union Cemetery.

Sharon Gardner of Braham, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She was 76 years old.

Sharon was born in Watertown, South Dakota to Mary Louise (Pottratz) Fischer. The family later moved to Minnesota. Sharon was united in marriage to Lloyd Gardner on October 29, 1960. They moved to the Braham area and raised 4 children.

Sharon started working at the Park Cafe in Braham in 1968 as a waitress and became the owner of the restaurant with her husband Lloyd in 1979. They retired from ownership approximately 10 years later. Sharon was an amazing cook, baker and waitress.

Sharon loved her crossword puzzle books, playing cards and board games (specifically Scrabble and Yahtzee). However, bowling was her favorite activity and she bowled on the Park Café league for many years. She had an awesome curveball!

Sharon was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She was known to be very genuine, polite, and had a heartwarming smile.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Rita Gardner Welch, brother Robert Fischer, and father and mother-in-law Lester and Bernice Gardner.

She is survived by her husband Lloyd; children, Dan (Regina), Kari (Robert) Pangerl, and Scott; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brother Randy (Ruth) Needham; sisters, Kathy Needham (Greg Scheele) and Julie Needham; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Her favorite bird was the cardinal. She always believed that when a cardinal appeared, it signified a loved one that has passed, has come to visit. Today as we prepared for her memorial, we looked out the front window and there sat a cardinal on the birdfeeder.

8 thoughts on “SHARON GARDNER”

  1. Gardner Family, I am so sorry to hear about Sharons passing, she was a awesome person. Her laugh still rings in my head when I think of her. RIP Sharon.

  2. Sorry to see Sharon passed away. Our thoughts and prayers. She was so friendly and a joy to visit with . Dave and Merla Berg

  3. I remember Sharon when she worked at thePark cafe. She was a great waitress, friendly and personable. Condolences to the family in their loss.

  4. Heartfelt Sympathy to Sharon’s family.
    Our family is so very sad in the loss of a very dear friend and neighbor.
    Many many hours of coffee mornings, conversations, followed by lots of laughs, and a few tears.
    Rest In Peace Sharon
    Peggy Smith & Family

  5. Gardner family, We are so sorry for your families loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Sharon Gardner.

  6. May all your tears lead to smiles
    We know she loved you all so much ONE OF our favorites memories was free pie at the Park Cafe We were lucky Thoughts and Prayers to you all
    Mike Ginger Hasser.
    Braham Minn

  7. Kimberly Proehl: I am so sad to hear about Sharon. She was a nice person to all but, was a wonderful co-worker to me! Very few people ever gave me a chance to be just myself and she did! Working at the cafe ,the bar and grill in Braham. I got to know her. I just needed to say that Sharon was always nice and cared about my personal thoughts on certain issues! She really did care and she always let me know. Now Jesus called her home, one very special person he had in my life, maybe just for a short time but she will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to her family, close friends and all who knew and loved her. Kimberly Proehl

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