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May 29, 1936 – Saturday, October 15, 2016

Service Information
Parkview Care Center Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, October 29, 2016
1:00 PM

Visitation Information
Parkview Care Center Chapel, Buffalo, Minnesota
Saturday, October 29, 2016
12 – 1 PM

Sharon Eileen Erickson passed away peacefully on Saturday October 15th at the Park View Care Center in Buffalo, MN. She was 80.

Sharon was born in Bismarck, North Dakota to Ruth and Oscar Erickson. She was born prematurely and weighed less than four pounds, causing the doctor to call her a miracle baby. Perhaps as a result of her premature birth, her eyesight was compromised and as a young girl she required surgery and strong eyeglasses to see. She described a favorite childhood memory as seeing clearly for the first time, and climbing to the very top of the farm windmill to get a good look at everything from afar, much to the consternation of her mother and father. Her family moved from North Dakota to Buffalo in 1948.

Despite struggling with her vision, she graduated from Buffalo High School in 1954 and with her mother Ruth, ran a home child care business for many years. She loved the children in her care and in her spare time she enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and working with leather. In 1965, she lost vision in one eye, and in 1974, in her other eye; which left her completely blind. She attended the Institute for the Blind in Minneapolis and learned how to live independently. For the next twenty years, she worked at Functional Industries in Buffalo. She enjoyed the camaraderie of her coworkers and the routine and challenge of the workplace. Sharon had a lovely singing voice and was a member of the Buffalo United Methodist Church choir since 1956. She also became an excellent weaver and won numerous ribbons for her blankets and scarves in the weaving competitions that she entered. Sharon’s life goals were simple: to help other people and to cope with whatever life brought her as best as she could. Among many, her favorite hymn was Count Your Blessings.

Sharon was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth and her father, Oscar. She is survived by her sister, Jean Michaelis, niece Joan (and Michael) Pelto; grandnephew, Chris (and Cyndie) Pelto, their children, Andrew and Lauren; grandniece, Kathleen (and Daren) Opeka, their daughter, Gwendolyn; and nephew, John (and Linda) Michaelis, and grandniece, Allyson. Sharon is also survived by many cousins and friends.

A service for Sharon will be held at the Park View Care Center on Saturday, October 29th at 1 pm.. A private interment is planned.

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