Sharon Murray, 74 of Rochester, Minnesota died Saturday, January 4, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Sharon Elizabeth Rose Murray was born August 28,1945 in Rochester, MN to William and Wanda (Brown) Murray. Sharon graduated from John Marshall High School in 1963, and was then united in marriage to Donovan Gray on July 13, 1963. The couple lived in Stewartville and later divorced in 1979. Together they had 4 children. Sharon had a thirty-year career with IBM, retiring in 1996. At IBM she worked in marketing for the AS/400. After her retirement she worked for Common User Group. She also worked for Chicos in Rochester and helped care for her grandchildren in Wisconsin. She married Daniel Gronli on July 9, 2005.
Sharon enjoyed music, dancing, dining out, travel, golfing, and spending time with her family. She loved to spend time relaxing on the porch, laughing, and eating ice cream. She was known to her children as a neat freak, a perfectionist, a good listener, and the person who gave them wings. To her grandchildren, she was Grammy, the person who gave them tickles, ice cream, and lots of love.
Sharon is survived by her husband Daniel Gronli of Rochester, her children Melissa (Dale) Gervasi of Barneveld, WI, Ryan (Jennifer) Gray of Mantorville, James (Nikki) Gray of Rochester, Justin Gray of Rochester, seven grandchildren, and 4 great-granchildren. She is also survived by two step sons Patrick (Kelly) Gronli of Portland, OR, and Gabriel Gronli of Brooklyn, NY, and two step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a stillborn sister, and a step son.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 7th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904. The visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester and the quilter's group at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Murray family; to share a special memory of condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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We lived next door to Sharon and Don from 1968-1975. Sharon was always friendly, supportive, and positive. We enjoyed flower gardening tips, neighborhood parties and new babies. She was a hard worker and fun person. May her family embrace all their memories of a life well lived.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Sharon’s family. Sharon and I worked together many years ago at IBM. I remember her as a good friend and a loving caring person. We had a lot of fun together. Rest In Peace, dear friend.
Dearest Dan and family. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. We are grateful to have known Sharon. I enjoyed watching the love between you two. The party that she threw for you in Mt Horeb and our golfing together at the family reunion, bring back some fond memories. May she rest in heavenly peace and my you all find the strength and peace that will help carry on.
With love, Susie and Tracy Cotter
Sharon was a gentle lady with a wonderful smile and a great love for her family. She will be missed. Ann and Bob
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