Funeral services for Sharon M. Grimm, 70, were held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Rev. Jonathan Conner, officiating. Honorary casket bearers were The Grimm Grandkids and the Plaza Dietary Staff. Casket bearers were Ray Hagedorn, John Hagedorn, Bruce Grimm, Curt Grimm, Mark Asmus and Darrin Asmus. The Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of the arrangements.
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Sharon Matte, daughter of Edwin and Elsie (Fonken) Willesen, was born May 31, 1942 at Carroll. Sharon grew up in the Gray area.
She was baptized on August 23, 1942 and confirmed in 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church near Gray. Sharon attended Gray schools through the tenth grade and then graduated from Audubon High School in 1959. She continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa earning her Bachelor's degree in elementary education.
On Aug. 10, 1963 Sharon was united in marriage with Dennis Grimm at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Three sons were born to this union. Sharon taught for several years in Manning, Viola and Irwin and then substitute taught in Audubon. After that she started working at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center in the Plaza dietary department. She retired after more than twenty years.
She and Dennis were active members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lincoln Township, near Gray. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, putting together puzzles and caring for her large vegetable and flower gardens. She thoroughly enjoyed being with and cooking with her grandchildren.
Sharon was diagnosed with celiac disease in the late 1990s and she and Dennis were charter members of the Celiac Support Group in Des Moines. Later she was diagnosed with cancer and put up a brave fight for a number of years. Her health continued to fail and she died Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013 at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center. She was 70 years of age.
Preceding her in death, were her parents, and a sister Donna in infancy.
Sharon is survived by her husband Dennis Grimm; three sons: Kevin (Mary) Grimm, Daniel Grimm and Kenneth (Rhonda) Grimm; five grandchildren Nicholas, Kourtney, Kelli, Stephen and Renee Grimm, all of Gray; sister Myra (Amos) Asmus of Carroll; sister-in-law Frances (Ed) Podber of Eldridge; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Sharon's family requests that memorials may be made to the Eppley Cancer Center, 985950 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha NE 68198 or the Celiac Support Group: Barb Huyette, 9621 Elmquist Dr., Des Moines, IA 50325
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Mar. 22 to Mar. 29, 2013