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.