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Sharon L. Baumgartner

July 27, 1948 - April 12, 2023

Service Date April 28, 2023

Location Saint Therese The Little Flower Catholic Church

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a Vigil starting at 7:00 p.m., at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 28, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church with interment following at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

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Sharon L Baumgartner (Brown) passed away on Wednesday, April 12th surrounded by loved ones at home in Rapid City.


Sharon was born on July 27th, 1948, to Robert Edward and Dorothy (Sutton) Brown in Flint, Michigan. Sharon graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona, where she enjoyed being involved in the Civic Air Patrol. In 1966, upon high school graduation, Sharon worked as a tax preparer for H & R Block in Mesa, and also in Rapid City, and Sturgis when she moved with her parents and sister in 1970. She proudly worked as a homemaker while her children were growing up. Sharon worked at GE Capital for nearly 20 years before she retired in 2015.


Sharon married Thomas Baumgartner on October 28th, 1972, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Rapid City. Sharon was a devoted mother and constant champion of her 3 children. She loved helping with homework, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother, and helped to recreate the charter for Boy Scout Pack 7 of Rapid City. She also loved serving as a “Room Mother” in her children’s classrooms, attending various band and orchestra concerts, and art shows of her children. She enjoyed serving on the Rapid City Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary where she served as State President for two terms, and Catholic Daughters of Rapid City. Sharon was quite an avid and talented crafter. She loved to crochet, embroider, sew, tole paint, make stained glass art, and design and create jewelry. She loved animals, especially her “fur babies” including cats, dogs, and a few birds that she adored throughout her life. Sharon enjoyed traveling the country, exploring the Black Hills on long, weekend drives and watching games of her beloved Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, and Green Bay Packers. Above all else, Sharon loved being a grandma and doting on her granddaughter, Julianna.


Sharon is survived by her husband, Tom Baumgartner of Rapid City; son Christopher Baumgartner of Rapid City, daughter Jennifer (Jim) Parise and their daughter Julianna, of Columbus Wisconsin, daughter Melissa Baumgartner of Rapid City; one sister, Carol Nelson of Eddington ME; and her in-laws, Stephen Baumgartner of East Amherst, NY, Jerome (Teresa) Baumgartner of Ames, IA, Elaine Baumgartner of Rapid City, Loretta (Tom) Pillatzki of Milbank, SD, Richard Baumgartner of Rapid City, Joeseph Baumgartner of Cheyenne, WY, John (Jane) Baumgartner of Sheldon, MO, Andrew (Cheryl) of Canadaigua, NY, Ronald Baumgartner of Phoenix, AZ, Robert Baumgartner of Phoenix, AZ, Craig (Belinda) Baumgartner of Beaumont, TX, Dale (Sarah) Baumgartner of Parkersburg, WV, Gary Baumgartner of Houston, TX, and Kevin Baumgartner of Tampa, FL, and many nieces and nephews who she loved.


Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law Donna Baumgartner, father-in-law Wendlin Baumgartner, brother-in-law Pat Cain, sister-in-law Gloria Cain, and brother-in-law Charles Baumgartner.


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