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Sharon Kramschuster, of Mora, passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021 at her home.  She was 80 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.



MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday, November 5, 2021 with a time of sharing and songs at 5:30 pm at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and again 1 hour prior to service at the church on Saturday.

INURNMENT will be held at a future date in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.

After an evening of music and celebration with her family, Sharon Marie Kramschuster, of Mora, MN, passed away in the morning hours of Monday, October 25, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her husband and 5 children. She was 80 years old.

Sharon was born on July 28, 1941 to Douglas and Dorothy Buckley. Growing up, she loved horses, books, and especially her sister Sheila, who was born nine years later. She grew up in Mora, graduated from Mora High School, and, later in life, served on the Mora School Board for 11 years.

Sharon graduated from the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in Elementary Education. She taught school in Excelsior and Minneapolis, and during this time, Sharon met an amazing group of life-long friends.

After being set up on a blind date by her Aunt Marlys in 1964, Sharon married Francis Kramschuster at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on June 21, 1969. Their wedding at St. Mary’s was the beginning of their relationship with a community that nourished and nurtured their faith life, provided many dear friends, especially her bible study group, and helped raise their growing family. Over the next 10 years, they had 5 children: Ann, Paul, Luke, Kate, and John. Sharon always maintained that the early years with her babies were among her favorite times of life. She especially treasured being able to spend so much time with her sister Sheila’s family, and that the cousins could grow up together.

If you grew up at St. Mary’s from the mid-seventies to late nineties, and know your prayers, Sharon probably had something to do with that. She worked as the Religious Education Coordinator at St. Mary’s for over 20 years. Sharon understood that faith leads to service. She saw how difficult life is for many people, felt compassion for their struggles, and believed we are empowered to change lives and institutions, making a difference in the world. She inspired her children, her students, and St. Mary’s community to advocate for social justice.

From her Grandma Graves, Sharon learned the art of quilting, making dozens for family and friends. She also loved scrapbooking, creating several volumes for each of her children, preserving her family’s memories for future generations. She loved her flower garden which complemented “Fran’s Produce,” and together they canned and made their famous raspberry and strawberry “Gram Jam.” Sharon’s adventurous spirit led her to travel to new places with her husband, family, and friends. In recent years, Sharon’s favorite time of year was a family gathering of song and celebration called Hootenanny. She was always up for playing cards and board games with grandchildren late into the evening.

Sharon had the ability to engage and spread warmth to everyone she met. Sharon loved and welcomed each of her children’s spouses to her family. She felt her most precious blessing in life was her grandchildren. She connected with each one, and made them feel respected, supported, and loved. Francis has said that Sharon is, and always will be, the essence of our family.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 52 years, Francis; her sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Keith Rogne; her sister-in-law, Madonna; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by 5 children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson who is appearing in the Spring of 2022: Ann Kramschuster & Jason Hebeisen, and their children Claire, Grace, Levi, Ella, & Caleb; Paul & Julie Kramschuster, and their children Eleanor, Jillian, and Sharon, and Eleanor’s husband and son, Jacob Kittilstad and Baby Kittilstad; Luke & Janet Kramschuster, and their children Maggie and Henry; Kate & Walter Rush, and their children Ben Smith-Rush, Leif, and Ruby; and John & Meredyth Kramschuster, and their children Lucy, Juniper, and Isla.

16 thoughts on “SHARON KRAMSCHUSTER”

  1. We are very sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. She was a wonderful, loving, giving person. God welcomed her with open arms. Our sympathy to all of the Kramschuster family.

  2. Every thought of Sharon is with a smile and the deepest of affection. She was my mentor and pivotal in my faith life when I was in my own crisis. Her every word and action was a lesson in God’s love, joy, and mercy. My heart breaks for her family but rejoices in her salvation!

  3. I haven’t visited with Sharon since our high school days….but I remember her fondly as a good friend there…funny, warm, caring, always pleasant.

  4. Gary & Jeanne Erickson-
    So sorry to hear the Sharon has passed away. We remember her well as Mora High School classmate graduating class of 1959.

  5. I knew Sharon as a friend and former classmate, was glad to see her at one of our latest reunions..(2017 ?) Sorry for Fran and family’s loss..God be with you all.

  6. So sorry to hear of Sharon’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with Fran and all the family at this sad time. My best friend – the best!

  7. Wonderful Sharon was just “goodness presonified”–she was so kind, caring and compassionate. She had a heart of gold! My college roommate, maid of honor at my wedding, best friend always! Sharon’s legacy is the incredibly amazing family that she and Fran have. What gifts to our world all of them are!

  8. Well done, good and faithful servant. I can still see and hear her laugh in my mind’s eye all these years later. Many warm memories of her… May her family be wrapped in abundant mercy and love knowing Sharon is in a beautiful place of peace.

  9. The best memories of my childhood and growing up in Mora always include the Kramschuster family. They did not just talk the talk they walked the walk and with an open heart excepted everyone for what they were. Sharron‘s memory her laugh her honest approach will live on in all of us.

  10. Sorry for your loss. When she was on the school board I knew I could talk to her about school stuff and she would listen and find an answer. She was always talking about her kids and how they liked school and how the school prepared them for the next thing in life.

    She will be missed

  11. Dear Fran and Family, I’m so glad we could catch up on Sharon’s journey and compare notes on care giving for a spouse…at the grocery store! 🥰 Sharon was honored and blessed by your love and the love of her family! She was a valued and respected member of our community! Well done, Sharon…you have earned your reward! God’s peace to you all!

  12. Dearest Francis and family, Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your Sharon and mother. She was always so kind whenever our families got together as my brothers and I were growing up in Bloomer and then later at our family reunions. So many fond memories of those visits! She and my parents are probably getting together for coffee and some baked goods right now. Long-distance hugs and prayers for God’s peace to you all!

  13. Dearest Fran and all of your wonderful family,
    John and I were so sorry to hear that Sharon is on her journey to Heaven where she will be welcomed with open arms. Knowing her brought everyone Devine happiness and her faith is a true inspiration to us all. God bless you all.

  14. Dear Kramschuster family,

    We only knew Sharon in recent years but miss her the same. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
    Greg & Holly Johnson

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