Kramschuster

After an evening of music and celebration with her family, Sharon Marie Kramschuster, of Mora, died in the morning hours of Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her husband and five children. She was 80 years old.

She 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. 

She graduated from the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in elementary education. She taught school in Excelsior and Minneapolis, and during this time, she met an amazing group of life-long friends.

After being set up on a blind date by her Aunt Marlys in 1964, she was united in marriage to 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 five children: Ann, Paul, Luke, Kate and John. She 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, she probably had something to do with that. She worked as the religious education coordinator at St. Mary’s for over 20 years. She 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, she 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.” 

Her adventurous spirit led her to travel to new places with her husband, family and friends. In recent years, her 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.

She had the ability to engage and spread warmth to everyone she met. She 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. Her husband has said that she is, and always will be, the essence of our family.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 52 years, Francis; children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren, and one great grandson who is appearing in the spring of 2022: Ann Kramschuster and Jason Hebeisen, and their children Claire, Grace, Levi, Ella and Caleb; Paul and Julie Kramschuster, and their children, Eleanor, Jillian and Sharon, and Eleanor’s husband and son, Jacob Kittilstad and Baby Kittilstad; Luke and Janet Kramschuster, and their children, Maggie and Henry; Kate and Walter Rush, and their children Ben Smith-Rush, Leif and Ruby; and John and Meredyth Kramschuster, and their children Lucy, Juniper and Isla; sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Keith Rogne; sister-in-law, Madonna; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora. Memorial visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a time of sharing and songs at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov, 5, 2021, at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and again one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.

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