Sharon Hahn, age 85, of Gaylord passed away Monday, May 30, 2022, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Memorial Service will be Sunday, June 5, 2022, 1:00 P.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord with interment in the church cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be one hour prior to the service, ALL at church.
Sharon Grace Hahn was born on June 27, 1936, in Rush City, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Arthur and Grace (Tate) Peterson. Sharon was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ in Gaylord. She received her elementary education in Stillwater and started second grade in Cambridge. Sharon moved to Gaylord her freshman year of high school and was a graduate of the Gaylord High School class of 1954.
On December 3, 1955, Sharon was united in marriage to Vernon Hahn at the United Church of Christ in Gaylord. After their marriage, the couple resided in Gaylord. They were blessed with four children, Jennifer, Richard, Kathryn and Nancy. Sharon and Vernon were co-owners and operators of P&H Gas in Gaylord. She was also employed at Fingerhut and Utility Gas. Sharon and Vernon shared 41 years of marriage, when Vernon passed away on November 12, 1997.
Sharon was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord and taught Sunday School. She was also a member of the Lutheran Women’s League and the American Legion. Sharon was a life-time Girl Scout member. This included being a Leader, Day Camp director, City Wide director, and Cookie Chairperson for many years.
Sharon never imagined the lives she would affect in this world but she touched so many. Raising four vastly different but equally loving children who grew into independent adults was her fondest wish. She succeeded as a wife, mother, sister, great-grandmother, grandmother and aunt (to name a few).
As a wife to Vernon, she was a partner. As a mother to her children, she was a teacher. As a friend she was always the one who made people laugh and never forgot a birthday. She was never without a smile on her face, even when adversity struck. Sharon did get more than her fair share of that but it never stopped her.
Sharon shook her finger in her widely known stubbornness to hardships and said “not today, I will overcome.”
She was always laughing. Always smiling, always free to give of her heart. She never met a stranger.
She has taught us so much we can’t help but take her teachings and apply them every day. Sharon conquered the world with her loving kindness and fortitude, these traits describe her perfectly. She should be kept in your hearts in a soft, caring place. For she knew hearts are where you cherish and protect your loved ones.
Sharon was an enthusiastic gardener and also enjoyed playing cards and bowling.
Sharon passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia at the age of 85 years. Blessed be her memory.
Sharon is survived by her:
Children, Jennifer (Daniel) Tollefson of Gaylord, MN,
Richard (Laura) Hahn of Mundelein, IL,
Kathryn Simonson of Edina, MN, and
Nancy (Michael) Zaske of Rosemount, MN;
11 Grandchildren, Nicholas (Katie) Tollefson, Lucas (Victoria) Tollefson, Ricky Tollefson, Danielle (Eric) Miller, Scott (Amber) Tollefson, Adam (Kristen) Hahn, Spencer (Kaitlin) Hahn, Matthew (Erica) Simonson, Jared Simonson, Timothy (Kimberly) Zaske, Ann Zaske and her fiancée, Brandon Martyn;
Great-grandchildren, Axel Tollefson, Liam Tollefson, Levi Fusaro-Tollefson, Johanna Miller, Bjorn Miller, Tollef Miller, Robert Tollefson, Sydney Hahn, Preston Hahn, Henry Hahn, Madelyn Hahn, Grace Hahn, Elliot Simonson, Margaret Simonson, Audrey Zaske, Lucille Zaske;
Brothers, John “Jack” Peterson and his wife, Merle of Lady Lake, FL, James “Jim” Peterson and his wife, Karen of Gaylord, MN, and Gregory Peterson of Denver, CO;
Sister-in-law, JoAnne Heimkes of Brownton, MN;
Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Sharon was preceded in death by her Parents, Arthur and Grace Peterson; Husband, Vernon Hahn; Brother, Daryl Peterson; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Edwin C. and Hertha Hahn; Sisters-in-law, Julianne Peterson and Bernice Hahn; Brothers-in-law, LeRoy E. Hahn and Virgil Heimkes.
Lori Turbett says
My deepest sympathies to all the family.
Kathy Genz says
Deepest Sympathy! ??
Ann Putnam says
Sharon and I have been friends since high school. Every year near Memorial Day I would come to Gaylord and we would go out to lunch. I have such great memories of high school – she was alot of fun and a good friend. I will miss her.
In sympathy – Ann Putnam (Anna Jean Lemke)
Family of Sharon says
Anna Jean- Sharon always spoke fondly about your times together. Your friendship was z blessing to her.
Her celebration of life was a tribute to the kind and loving woman she was.
Terry and Ellie Sveine says
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. May your beautiful memories bring you comfort.
Kara S says
I’m so sad for your family. All that is said about her in the obituary of her strength, her faith, and her frequent laughter is spot on. I’m grateful to have known her.
Susan Peterson says
Dear Jim, Jack, Greg, Jenny, Richard, Kathy, Nancy,
I am so sad to hear you have lost your sister and mother, our Sharon. She was indeed a smart, tough, loving and laughing person. I last saw her a few years ago and she was the embodiment of graceful agelessness.
Sending much love and a giant warm hug from your cousin Susan Peterson. XOXOXO
Patti Cwodzinski says
I did not really know Sharon except through her grandson, Matthew. He has always spoken so highly of her and her positive influence on his life. My condolences to the entire family.
Sandra Dermond says
Dear Jack, Jim, Greg , Jenny, Richard, Kathy and Nancy,
Sending love and warm wishes at this difficult time. I have so many fond memories of Sharon and the whole family. Trips to Gaylord with Grandma Mary and Grandpa Oscar to visit Art and Grace and to spend time with my cousin Jenny. Love you all. So sorry it’s been so long since we have seen each other. Keep Sharon close in your hearts. Love, Sandra Peterson Dermond your cousin
E. Lei Amorim says
I will miss her beautiful smile and our occasional chats. So glad to have been blessed with these wonderful moments. She will be missed by many, but her memory shall never fail. Through the sadness is the joy of knowing she no longer suffers and is eternally in her new heavenly home.
My heartfelt sympathies to all. Gods blessing.
Cheryl Messner says
My sympathies to all the family. Sharon was my beloved Girl Scout leader for many years. She had the patience of a saint and was always so kind. We all learned so much from her, she will not be forgotten!
Linda Hoernemann says
So sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. May the good Lord help you thru this difficult time.
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