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Sharon Marie Chapman

Sharon Marie Chapman

June 1, 1953 - February 1, 2013

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.