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Sharon Smith

May 16, 2024 | 8 comments

Sharon Smith, 87, died peacefully Saturday, May 11, 2024, in the loving arms of her granddaughter, Dana Rave. She was dearly loved by her daughters, Gayle Haugstad, Barbara Smith-Johnson (Phil), and Jennifer Smith-O’Brien (Mike). She was born September 28, 1936, to Pearl (Nichols) and Art Anderson. Sharon graduated with the BRF Class of 1954, where she was better known as “Pepsi”, for reasons too long to explain here. In school, she was one of five friends; Sue, Maya, Pepsi, Shirley, and Carol. The first 3 have passed leaving Shirley and Carol to carry on. Sharon worked and danced, shopped, and loved hard. She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Richard and Robert; and son-in-law, Hal Haugstad. She was deeply loved by her grandchildren, Dana, Nathan, Neil, Philp, Bethany, Ana, Wyatt, Alayna, and Maryn; great- grandchildren, Abigayle, Annaliese, Clayton, Elijah, Isaiah, Weston, Gunner, Isabella, Noah, Deacon Jude, Ryder, and Maverick, and also, a great-great-grandson, due in September. There are no goodbyes, only see you later. Second star to the right and straight on to morning Mom.

A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Black River Falls at 10:30am on Thursday, May 23, 2024.



  1. Cathy Partridge

    To the family of Sharon Smith,
    My deepest condolences
    To everyone that knew her and loved her. She reminded me so much of my dad, her brother Bob.

  2. Andrea Hoffman

    Such a fun beautiful soul. We are blessed to have known her. Sending all my love.

  3. Amy Kane

    My daughter had the honor of being one of Sharons caretakers & oh my goodness did she adore her. They would dance & laugh & tell stories. Amarie will always remember her & smile

  4. Cheri

    Dear Barb, Phil n family,

    So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Sending sympathy, prayers, love n hugs to you all.

  5. Ashlynn Wiacek

    I absolutely loved Sharon. She will be so deeply missed. It was such an honor to care for her. I will never forget her beautiful smile and wonderful stories.

    • Jennifer smith

      Thank you for caring for her, spending time with her and being her part of her people. I wish there was a way I could express my gratitude to all who made Mom’s life brighter during her stay.

  6. Mary Vase

    She was a wonderful lady. Always had a knack for making me laugh. Loved her way with people. She was always kind.
    Hugs Mary Vase

  7. Susan Barbieri

    Thinking about you and your family during this difficult time. We’ve had lots of giggles about our moms over the years. Hang on to those memories that make you smile. Pretty sure that’s how we feel a little tap on the shoulder from those who’ve left us. Love and hugs, Susan


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