Sharon Lea (Fleek) Hess of St. Joseph, formerly of Milaca/Ogilvie, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 at the Arlington Assisted Living Facility. She was 76 years old.

She was a devoted child of God born April 30, 1944 to John Franklin Fleek and Nathlie Ion (Roy) Fleek. She was born in Arthyde, and grew up in Willow River on a farm in the county of Aitkin. After high school, she was employed as a secretary in downtown Minneapolis where she met Mack Elson Hess, Sr., fell in love and got married. They lived in New Brighton until they found a quaint little hobby farm in Ogilvie. She enjoyed her life as a wife and mother.

She worked at Freddies Restaurant in Mora as the children grew older and then worked as an administrative assistant at the Minnesota State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She held board positions as a member of the United Methodist women’s group; was an active member at the Ogilvie United Methodist Church; and worked as the secretary for the local United Methodist Churches until finally retiring.

Her love for God was only exceeded by her love for her family. She was the center of the family and was a guiding light to many around her. She was known not to miss a family function and be the one everyone could count on for coming to their special occasion. In fact, she had kept every napkin from family weddings going back to when her siblings got married. She served others through volunteering at the food shelf and helping at many church functions. 

She loved reading, doing crossword puzzles, keeping in touch with others and recently winning big at “Bingo” in her assisted living facility. Though she was quarantined at Arlington Assistive Living Place since March, she was always positive, being grateful for the staff and loving care she received. She will be dearly missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mack Hess Sr. (ex); siblings, Charles, Marie, Bonnie, Dolores, Dean, Bob and Butch; son, Mack Hess Jr.; and daughter, Nathlie Ella Hess.

She is survived by her children, Laura (Dave) Hess-Ulman of Elk River, Mary (Hap) Baumann-Spooner of St. Cloud; Arnold (Morgan) Hess of Clark, South Dakota; grandchildren, Alan (Kim) Baumann III, Michael Baumann, Angel (Dean Powell) Spooner, Lacey (Tom Anderson) Spooner, Troy (Kelly McHugh) Spooner, Anneliese (Kristofer Sheridan) Villa, Rayne Villa, Richard Standingcloud, Joseph (Jackie) Brinker, Shanna (Josh) McGrath, Hailey Brinker; 15 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; siblings, Chuck Waldriff and Mickey (Sharon) Fleek; and other loving relatives and friends.

A small private service will be held for immediate family members and a public service will be held next spring at the Ogilvie United Methodist Church as an outdoor service per her request. She wrote “I have always been in awe of God’s creation with all its beauty and grace that no one can duplicate. The bible begins with God created...”


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