A celebration of the life of Sharon “Shari” Marie Chapman (Woidylla), age 60, of Bemidji, will be 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Church of All Saints – Saint Hedwig in Holdingford. Father Greg Mastey will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Shari passed away in Bemidji, MN on February 1st surrounded by family. Shari fought insurmountable odds with her health, courageously battling cancer and related illnesses for over three decades. There will be a visitation from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home in Holdingford.Shari was born June 1st, 1952 in St. Cloud, MN to Edward and Laverne (Rassier) Woidylla. Shari graduated from Holdingford High School in 1970 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in English Language and Literature and Library Science from Bemidji State University in 1974. She lived her adult life in Bemidji, drawn to the people and the area’s incredible scenic beauty. Shari worked in the Interlibrary Loan Department of the A.C. Clark Library at BSU for over twenty years. She took pride in helping students and faculty locate crucial reference materials for their research projects. She was a lifetime lover of literature, with an insatiable appetite for reading and collecting books. She was a lover of all animals, especially cats giving many homeless animals a loving home.She is survived by her mother Laverne; siblings Steve (Donna) Woidylla, Springfield; Teresa (Dan) Beran, Woodbury; Rose (Steve) Lambros, Mendota Heights; Julie (Dan) Todd, St. Cloud; Jane (Bruce) Lahr, Sauk Rapids, Jon (Lorraine) Woidylla, Minnetonka; seven nieces and nephews, four great nephews, many aunts and uncles, cousins, wonderful friends and her beloved cat, Hannah.She is preceded by her father Edward Woidylla and her grandparents.Memorials in lieu of flowers are preferred in memory of Shari Chapman to Beltrami Humane Society, 1612 Carr Lake Road SE, Bemidji, MN 56601.
Schedule and Information
There will be a visitation from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church on Thursday, February 7, 2013.
Church of All Saints St. Hedwig in Holdingford, MN
Memorials in lieu of flowers are preferred in memory of Shari Chapman to Beltrami Humane Society, 1612 Carr Lake Road SE, Bemidji, MN 56601.
The Woidylla family is the most beautiful example of unconditional love. Shari was blessed with her family’s love and support…..lead by the example of their wonderful mother, Laverne. They are caring, thoughtful, and unselfish towards everyone. Their family has always inspired me to be a kinder, gentler person and to trust in God. With lots of love and joy in my heart to know a family as special as you, I am sorry for your loss. Love, Kim Gustin
I was Shari’s hairstylist for over 20 years. I have never met such a wonderful caring person. She fought a long hard battle. Never giving up. I admired her for that. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and also with her friends, as we will miss her very much. Julie Downs
It has been my honor to work with Steve. Steve mentioned Shari to me many times. Steve shared how Shari battled various health challenges over the years. I am sorry to hear of Shari’s passing. May God bless the Woidylla family in this time of loss. God’s Blessings, Tim Dibble
Your family is an inspiration to us all! Shari was so courageous, and your family is the story of what is right in this world. Love and prayers for you all during this difficult time. Ellen Riley (Jon’s friend from Zealand)
Shari and I knew each other over 40 years ago. She was allways a joy to be around. We had fun times together even took a road trip together to the east coast.Shari was a lucky person to have such a loving family. I allways felt welcome in their home. Her battle is over now may she find peace in the arms of her Father.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family.