Sharon Rae Larsen


February 17, 1945 - June 20, 2011


Sharon Rae Larsen was born February 17, 1945, at Jefferson, SD, to William and Caroline (Wiedemer) Heckel. She grew up and attended school at Marion and Wessington Springs and graduated from Wolsey High School. She married Kenneth Larsen in December, 1964. She lived in California for a number of years and then returned to South Dakota in 1974. She lived in Artesian and had been a resident of Mitchell since 1984. She was the manager of the Shipwreck Lounge at the Holiday Inn for a number of years. She loved spending time with her family and friends, taking her daughter to horse shows, playing cards and dice games and hanging out on the beach. She did everything she could to help anyone in need. Sharon loved children and babysat for families and friends. Whatever she did, no matter how long it took, it had to be done right.

She is survived by one daughter, Rama Fuerst and her husband, Rick of Huron; one sister, Judy Gildemaster and husband, Ron of Artesian; one brother, Bobby Warren of Perth, Australia; three grandchildren: Jeff Nicholson of Artesian and Joshua and Tawni Fuerst of Huron, one great-grandchild, Kaden Nicholson of Mount Vernon and her ex-husband, Kenneth Larsen of East Horsley, Surrey, England.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Heckel and her parents.


A memorial fund has been established.


Friday, June 24, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, June 25, 2011
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by kaden nicholson on June 10, 2018
She was a great grandma
Posted by STAN GUNN on December 22, 2013
Posted by Katherine Moller-Magee on November 19, 2011
Dear Rama, My prayers are with you...I apologize we should keep in touch...your mom will definitely be missed....with love and sincere sympathy to you, my dear friend...
Posted by Jean Haneke on June 26, 2011
To Sharon's family, As I send my sincere sympathy to all of you, I'm reminded of many fond memories from classes and activities shared with Sharon as classmates at Wolsey. May wonderful memories and caring friends sustain you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Don and Jean (Nettinga) Haneke
Posted by Craig Langbehn on June 25, 2011
Rama and family - My deepest sympathy for your loss. May you be comforted by thoughts from your Mom's many friends. As a classmate at Wolsey, I shared many good times with your Mom and Dad creating some great memories. Craig
Posted by Karen (Scheel) Hovde on June 24, 2011
To Sharon's Family, my deepest sympathy in your loss. Rama, I went to Wolsey High School, your mom was two years ahead of me but we shared alot of the same friends including your dad. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Don and Karen (Scheel) Hovde.
Posted by Roxy Wengler on June 23, 2011
Rama and family, My deepest sympathy to all of you! I worked with Sharon at the Holiday Inn. We still kept in touch at Christmas time and will certainly miss that. This is a very difficult time but may you find comfort in the memories that you have!
Posted by Patty's Pit Crew (Patty Ingle) on June 23, 2011
Thoughts and prayers from all of us here at the bank. Take care and see you soon!
Posted by Kent & Stephanie Scheel on June 23, 2011
Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. So many wonderful memories of your Mother.
Posted by Marilyn Gannon on June 22, 2011
Dear Rama and Family, My sincere sympathy in your loss. Sharon was a good friend. Sharon was in my class at Wolsey High School, so we spent many hours together in school and in activities. Many wonderful memories. My best wishes to all of you. Sincerely, Tom and Marilyn (Gruneich) Gannon
Posted by Tina Burnett on June 22, 2011
Rama and Family...there are no words at a time like this that will tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Please know that whatever you need or whatever I can do will be done...You only need to ask. We (the YaYa's) are here for you and we love you. NMW!
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