Sharon West 1954–2021 Northfield—Sharon West, 66, passed away in peace on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center in Northfield, MN. Sharon Ann Iva (Klinkhammer) West was born on November 11, 1954 in Northfield, MN, to Edward and Ludmilla (Kubes) Klinkhammer. She was the fourth of ten children and was a lifelong Northfield resident. Sharon attended St. Dominic School through 8th grade and then attended Northfield High School, where she graduated in 1973. During her teen years Sharon worked at her parents' longstanding business, the Quality Bakery in Northfield. After graduation she studied at Dakota County Vo-Tech in Rosemount, where she earned a degree in Visual Merchandising. Sharon then began work at JCPenney in Burnsville as a visual merchandiser. From there she went to work for the Rosemount School District as a printer. Sharon changed careers when she became a dispatcher for the Rice County Law Enforcement Center. Soon after she was offered and accepted a dispatcher post at the Northfield Police Department. It was there that she would meet her future husband Jerry West, who was a longtime officer with the department. Sharon and Jerry married on May 21, 1983. In 1984 the couple purchased Uptown Printing in Northfield. When the location of the business moved, it was renamed Westside Printing. Sharon successfully operated the business for 18 years until a back injury forced her to close the print shop. Soon after, she began driving special-ed children to the school. She then became the secretary at St. Dominic School, where she truly enjoyed her association with the children and teachers. Sharon's final position as administrative assistant was at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Sharon was devoted to Jerry and her family and deeply cared for each member. She was always ready to plan family functions and extend a helping, gentle hand for anyone who needed or asked for her assistance. She will be remembered for her genuine kindness and love of life and family. A devout Catholic, she maintained membership at both St. Dominic's Church and St. Michael's Church in Farmington. Sharon found great pleasure in various hobbies throughout her life. She enjoyed biking and racquetball and was an avid flower gardener, birdwatcher, and worthy amateur photographer of both nature and family. Sharon and Jerry also loved to travel in their leisure. Over the years Sharon was a faithful pet parent to several dogs: Heidi, Snowball, Gracie, Toby, and Aubrey. She loved her canine family. Sharon is survived by her husband Jerry and two step-daughters: Cheryl West of Highland Village, TX and Suzanne (West) Rezac of Wichita, KS. Sisters-in-law Linda Stanton of Northfield and Allene (Kent) Detlie of Northfield. Five granddaughters: Ciri Haugh (Matt Trocchio); Kyrsten (Matt) Stephany; Kari Rezac; Hannah West Nover; and Hayeigh West Nover. Sharon's siblings: Gregory (Lorie) Klinkhammer of Holman, WI; Therese (Joseph) vanOss of LaCrosse, WI; Mary (Wade) Fletcher of Alburquerque, NM; Jean (Don) Huebner of Altura, MN; Kathleen Mandy of Sturgeon Lake, MN; Susan (Douglas) Ouimette of Northfield; Joseph (Barbara) Klinkhammer of Northfield; Peter Klinkhammer of Albertville, MN; Julie (Christopher) Baker of St. Paul, MN. Dozens of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Sharon is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Millie; Jerry's parents John and Bernice; brother-in-law Dwight (Kathleen) Mandy; sister-in-law Cheryl (Peter) Klinkhammer. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden Street, Northfield. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Bierman Funeral Home, 1316 Division Street South, Northfield. Masks are required for both events and the funeral home will assist with social distancing. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Northfield. Memorials preferred to Dementia Society of America and the ALS Association. biermanfuneralhome.com
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