Sharon J. Czarnowski

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Sharon Jean Czarnowski (nee Chamberlain) passed away peacefully March 11, 2024, surrounded by family at her home in Mora.

Born July 26, 1944, in Red Wing, Minnesota, Sharon was the oldest of six girls. After having kids herself, Sharon became an advocate for those with disabilities. She taught for many years at Holdingford Public Schools where she made many close friends and was passionate about developing her students’ love of learning. She was also an avid quilter, a skilled gardener and a lover of literature. Sharon relished the stories of others and had the gift of making those she met feel loved, appreciated and accepted.

Sharon is preceded by parents Ernest and Jean Chamberlain and sister Carol Hoppe. 

She is survived by sisters Kathleen “Ki” Heselton, Linda Chamberlain, Jill Johnson and Cindy Baker; former husband Lou Czarnowski and their children together, Aric (Christiana) Czarnowski, Chad (Christina) Czarnowski and Jessica Czarnowski; and grandchildren Malcolm and Annika Czarnowski.

In celebration of Sharon’s life, a gathering for friends and families will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Union Grill, 17 N. Union Street in Mora. Stories and memories will be shared starting at 3 p.m. In honor of Sharon’s love of reading, a book exchange will be hosted. Everyone is welcome to bring a book to exchange or to donate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.