Sharon Lyn Ogden of Rochester, MN is no longer with you.
She welcomed her final change from body back to spirit on March 25 from liver and colon cancer at
67 years of age.
Sharon was born in Denver, Colorado as Sunday’s child on September 21, 1947 at 8:00 a.m. to Violet
Darlene Conrad Ogden and Ralph Samuel Ogden, Jr.
After her parents parted ways, she was raised from eight months old on a southern Iowa farm by her
great aunt and uncle, Ed and Emma Springer.
Hard work came naturally – weeds fell and fences were built. Her flock of award winning sheep was a
source of pride as well as the beef cattle she raised. She could tell when a calf was the right weight
for market just by looking at them. She always had some project in the works on the farm and
throughout her life.
Sharon really wanted to attend college. That mission was accomplished at age 49 and then again at
age 55. The latter when she was working ¾ time and carrying 19 credits! Her partner, Pennie Pries,
managed many of the household chores during this time. Mayo Clinic was Sharon’s employer after
college. She “escaped” from Mayo in December of 2012 and, yes, busier in retirement then when she
was working outside the home.
She was the recipient of many a recognition for her dedication and unsurpassable work ethic.
Sharon will be most remembered for positive words of encouragement to co-workers, friends and
“I’ve learned painful lessons in life, but in the end, thank the people who taught them to me. Those
experiences made for a successful life because we are all here as students.”
She enjoyed riding the Bluff Country back roads on her Harley, feeding a variety of birds that
frequented the yard, and photographing the spontaneity of nature. She and Pennie hiked all of the
Minnesota State Parks’ Hiking Club Trails. They so enjoyed the trips to New Zealand/Australia and to
Alaska. Sharon found that there is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little
harder to see it.
She thought her family heritage of life into the 90s and her previous good health would give her time
to explore and experience more of the great sights of this country. Sharon did get one more
destination off her bucket list with her February vacation to St. Augustine, before the diagnosis of
cancer of February 17th.
Sharon was not able to serve in the military but showed her appreciation for the sacrifices our soldiers
and their families make for our nation by becoming a member of the Minnesota Patriot Guard.
Sharon was preceded in death by her biological mother and father, grandparents, the great aunt and
uncle who raised her, tonsils, appendix and half of her thyroid.
She is survived by her partner of twenty-three years, Pennie Pries, the Pries family and relatives; one
sister, Carol Mills of Colorado, two nieces and two nephews, eight great nephews and two great
nieces, cousins, dear friends and well-loved cats - Fleck and Purrl.
“So, in my absence, please, please enjoy life’s journey. Bathe your eyes in the beauty of nature – the
flight of the hummingbird, the colors of fall and the amazing Monarch butterfly.”
“I did it…my way. Take good care of you.” Sharon
The home-going celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 30 at Faith United Methodist
Church in Eyota, with Rev. Mark Woodward officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Viola
Visitation will be Sunday, March 29 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota,
and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. (Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 115 South
Ave. S, Eyota, MN, 55934, 507-545-2020, Schadandzabelfuneralhomes.com.)
A light lunch will be served for family and friends in the church basement following the burial.
Sharon would be honored if memorials would be sent to the animal care group of your choice or to
Mayo Clinic Hospice - Rochester.