With profound sadness we announce the passing of Sharon Lynne Casselman, 78, our loving and devoted wife, mother and friend. Sharon passed due to COPD complications on February 4th, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Born Sharon Lynne Helweg to Elva and Harold Helweg in Crookston, MN, she was raised in Beltrami, MN. She attended and a graduated from Fertile High School, followed by attending the University of Minnesota and earning a Bachelors degree in speech pathology. She spent 12 years working for the Minneapolis school district as a speech pathologist and during that time married her college sweetheart Robert. Later she went on to import European antiques until she retired.
Sharon had many interests. In college, Sharon assistant taught ball room dancing and made sure her children knew how to dance as well. Sharon also loved to read novels and write and would create limericks and poems which she often included in her many letters to friends and family. Sharon also had passion for antiques she shared with her husband. What started as date night window shopping, turned into a second career in European antiques as she took her strong eye for decorating and design and her love of travel and applied it to a second career in furniture in her St. Paul antique shop. Once she retired, she turned her love of cooking into an educational discovery while she attended the professional program at Cordon Blue, a local culinary institute.
Sharon was dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured both her children, Megan and Chad, and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved being Nana to her 8 grand children.
Later in life, Sharon developed COPD, a form of lung disease, and spent winters in Scottsdale, Arizona where the dry desert air helped her lungs and the warmth and sunshine raised her spirits.
She is preceded in Death by mother Elva Helweg Viken and father and Harold Helweg.
Sharon is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Robert, children Megan (Rick) of Mendota Heights and Chad (Kate) of Eagan, and 8 grandchildren Elizabeth, Kevin, Marcus, Neve, Matthew, August, Ophelia and Eleanore.
A celebration of Sharon's life will be held at Lakewood Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave, Mpls., MN on February 22 at 12PM. Visitation at 11:30 am. Burial will immediately follow the service at Lakewood Cemetary. Reverend Lisa Friedman will officiate.
Memorials preferred to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014. More information at HOV.org
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