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.