A funeral for Sharlene Angela Stauffer, 45, of Willow City, N.D., was Saturday morning, Sept. 22, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church, Kramer, N.D. Officiating at the service was the Rev. Daryl Rothchild. Rosella Debele was the organist and the congregation sang selected hymns. Casket bearers were Bob Efimenko, Tom Kessler, Brooks Sivertson and Dennis Stevens. Burial was at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Kramer.
Sharlene was unique, as was her life. From the time that she was a tiny tot, she never knew a stranger, only friends. Sharlene's life was a difficult one for her, but she sparkled her way through each day. Sharlene worked hard and earned her GED. She graduated from Barbizon Modeling School and loved to cook, which she shared with her friends and family.
She was born with a serious heart disorder in 1967 and was the recipient of a heart and double lung transplant on Valentine's Day 1992. She met the family of the donor, Sara, who was 13 years of age and a Junior Missionary with the vision of going to Zimbabwe. Because Sara gave of herself, 27 people's lives were made better.
She never, from the time she was a child, allowed her illness to keep her from living the adventure she considered her life to be. Sharlene knew how to have fun and loved adventure.
Sharlene had a very deep and living faith, which she considered a treasure and recognized that her strength was from the God who gave her this life and his son, Jesus. That was her sustenance. She never judged those who were having problems, only empathized and nurtured them in any way she could. Each person who became her friend was always a friend, no matter the circumstances. She didn't judge and she didn't burn bridges.
Her theme in any project that she became involved in was rainbows and butterflies. That is how she viewed life.
It was a privilege to have been a part of her life and she will be missed by those whose lives she touched.
Sharlene passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at a Minot, N.D., hospice center. She was the daughter of Carol Mackenzie of Willow City and William Bruce Stauffer of Tiffin. Also surviving her are her four brothers, Tim Powell of Fostoria, Cory Furniss of Rigby, Idaho, Billy Stauffer of Juneau, Alaska, and Tim Emshoff of Tiffin; and her two sisters, Diane Ward of Bowling Green and Terry Ann Phillips of Findlay.
Preceding her in death were two sisters, Christine Young and Trina Emshoff.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau, N.D.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.