OWATONNA, Minn. - Ethel M. Sharrard, formerly of Stambaugh, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Cedarview Care Center.
She was born on Sept. 29, 1923, in Gaastra, the daughter of the late Gustaf and Hannah (Soderstrom) Carlson. She graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1941. In 1942, she moved to Detroit, where she worked for the U.S. War Department as the nation was engulfed in World War II.
She married Elwood "Brownie" Sharrard on Jan. 9, 1944, in Paris, Tenn., just prior to Brownie's deployment to Europe. Following the war, the couple returned to Detroit, eventually returning to their beloved Upper Peninsula where they lived for more than 50 years in Stambaugh.
For many years Ethel worked at the Gamble's store in Iron River where she was remembered as one of the retailer's most friendly and knowledgeable employees. In 2004, she moved to Owatonna to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She lived for a time at The Brooks assisted living facility and then moved in recent years to Cedarview Care Center.
Ethel very much enjoyed the outdoors, spending time with her husband at their hunting cabin, on Canadian fishing trips with friends and traveling. She could often be seen during her free time pursuing her lifelong passion of needlework, sewing and crocheting beautiful works for her family and friends.
She is survived by her son, David (Janine) Sharrard of Coldwater, Mich.; daughter, Karen (Dick) Sherwood of Owatonna; five grandchildren, Heather (Mike) Lavarnway, Rich (Kristin) Sherwood, Nathan (Emily) Sherwood, Erin Sharrard, and Jeremy Sharrard; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Ardis (Arthur) Gagnea of Iron River and many nieces and nephews.
Ethel is preceded in death by her husband, Elwood; brothers, Herbert Carlson and Arthur Carlson; sisters, Eleanor Carlson, Alice Carlson, Myrtle Carlson, Doris Rucinski, Ruth Harris, and Helen Johnson.
Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorial services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Stambaugh Cemetery in Stambaugh.
Graveside service times in Stambaugh will be published at a later date.
The Michaelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.