Sharon Lee Klaviter was born September 20, 1936 in Fulda, Minn., to Clarence and Lorraine (Schelenberg) Uttech. She passed away March 16, 2016 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in the The Dalles, Ore. She was 79 years old.
Sharon graduated from Mankato High School, Class of 1953. That same year, she married Herbert R. Klaviter on November 27th, in Mankato, Minn.
Sharon operated a daycare in her home for 20 plus years and then went on to fall in love with diamonds and gems. She worked in the jewelry industry, as a manager of Weisfield's, in the 1970’s in Bend, Ore., until she was transferred to The Dalles’ Weisfield’s where she became a certified gemologist. In her 25 years as the manager in The Dalles, she received countless awards and recognition for her work in sales and service. She retired in 2002.
Sharon loved spending time with her first, last and forever love, Herbie. Sharon’s love of her children and grandchildren knew no limits. She also loved her puppy Angel. Sharon was an excellent artist, cook, seamstress and always quick with her wit, a wink and a smile. She is loved as much as she loved, and will be missed.
Sharon is survived by her siblings: Richard Uttech and family, Pr Du Sac, Wis., and John Uttech and family of Mankato, Minn. Her children: Kevin & Patti Klaviter, Boardman, Ore.; Todd & Debi Klaviter, The Dalles, Ore.; and Steve & Connie Klaviter, The Dalles, Ore. Her grandchildren: Casey & Leanne Klaviter The Dalles, Ore.; Kelsie West, The Dalles, Ore.; Rachel Storkel, Oklahoma; Dylan Klaviter, The Dalles, Ore.; Steven Klaviter The Dalles, Ore.; Danielle Klaviter, Molalla, Ore. and 5 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held April 3, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2323 E 12th St., The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Reception to follow.
Memorial contributions in Sharon’s name may be made to: Columbia Lutheran School 2323 E 12th St., The Dalles, OR 97058.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.
Please visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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