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Sharon A. Baloun


Sharon Baloun, 81, of Lakefield, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Windom, Minnesota.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held  on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield with Father Jonathan Fasnacht officiating.  Burial will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

A visitation will take place on Friday, August 23, from 5:00-7:00p.m. with a rosary service at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers memorial are preferred.

Sharon Ann Baloun, daughter of Earl and Arlene (Heighton) Hoben, was born on April 9, 1938 in Emmetsburg, Iowa.  She grew up in Ruthven, Iowa, and was baptized and confirmed into the Roman Catholic faith.  She graduated as valedictorian in the class of 1956 from Ruthven High School. She went on to earn her teaching certification from Estherville Community College.  At the Fox Lake Ballroom, she first met Francis “Frank” Baloun and the two were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven on June 8, 1959.  The couple moved to Lakefield, Minnesota, where Sharon remained until transitioning into assisted living in Windom in 2018.  Sharon passed away at the Sogge Good Samaritan Society on August 20, 2019 at the age of 81 years, 4 months, and 11 days.

Sharon was passionate about children and education.  She taught at the Heron Lake Catholic parochial school and was a public-school substitute teacher up until her twin sons were born in 1968.  Then she began Playhouse Preschool, first in her home and then at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield which she continued until the early 2000s.  She was very active in her parish, serving as education coordinator, president of the ladies’ aide, and taught catechism.  Sharon also took continuing education courses at Mankato State University.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafting, and shopping.  Sharon was a fan of classic films, enjoyed the winters she spent in Arizona, and liked to keep up on her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s many activities.

Sharon is survived by her sons Al Baloun of Windom, Minnesota, Greg (Dee) Baloun of Lake Park, Iowa, Scott (Laura) Baloun of Buffalo, Minnesota, and Steve (Tammy) Baloun of Monticello, Minnesota; daughter Barb (Roger) Finnegan of Cottage Grove, Minnesota; sixteen grandchildren: Jared, Trevor, Brady, Brianna, Callie, Mike, David, Jon, Riley, Kyle, Mason, Mckenzie, Kadence, Ryan, Mikayla, and Matt; twelve great-grandchildren; brother Bill (Julie) Hoben of Coralville, Iowa; sister Martha (Ken) Dyer of Ruthven, Iowa; brother-in-law Roger Krieg of Ruthven, Iowa; sister-in-law Joan Hoben of Laurens, Iowa; and lifelong friend Shirley Ukasick of Estherville, Iowa.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Arlene Hoben; Frank Baloun, her husband of 49 years; daughter-in-law Pat Baloun; brother James and sisters Shirley and Ellen.

Blessed be the memory of Sharon Ann Baloun.

16 thoughts on “Sharon A. Baloun”

  1. Deb Wilcox says:

    So sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. My sympathy to the Baloun Family. RIP Sharon

  2. Brenda Atz Kieser says:

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the Baloun family.

  3. Vicki Behling Weber says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. It’s like losing a piece of your past. Praying comfort for your family as you grieve.

  4. JoLynn Nerhus says:

    Sorry to hear about your Mother. Your family has suffered from a loss from both sides of your heart. Prayers for your family!

  5. Steve & Darlys Joerg says:

    Darlys and I send send all our love and prayers of support to the entire Baloun family. You raised some great kids Sharon. Rest In Peace.

  6. Michele Hohenstein says:

    So sorry for your loss – she was a great preschool teacher -my sons loved her! God bless all of you at this time and she is at peace now.

  7. Jo Runkle says:

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for all the family.

  8. Bryce Vancura Family says:

    What a wonderful lady, Sharon was my preschool teacher. Then had the pleasure of working with Frank for several years. They were also great neighbors when we lived in Lakefield! Our condolences to your family.

  9. Crystal Quiring says:

    Sharon was one of the best story tellers! Spent many hours sharing laughs with her. Sympathies to her family🙏.

  10. Kathy Price says:

    Our sympathy to the Baloun family. Both of our children were fortunate to be part of Sharon’s preschool. What a wonderful start she gave to countless children.

  11. Bev Arndt says:

    Sharon was a great lady. We remember all she did for St. Joseph’s Church and all the preschoolers of Lakefield! Sympathy to her family and cherish your many great memories. The Gery Arndt Family

  12. Mary Benson says:

    I only knew Sharon a short while since she made her home in Windom but really thought she was such a lovely lady. I enjoyed visiting with her and hearing about her teaching experiences. My sympathy to all the family.

  13. Rhonda and David Nelson says:

    Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your mother..prayers for her family and friends.🙏

  14. Lisa (Bakalyar) John says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  15. Pete Jansky says:

    Sharon was a fantastic person. Loved to visit with her and her preschool kids. Sympathy’s to you all.
    Pete and Peg Jansky

  16. Harry Jenness, Jr. (Joey) says:

    Sharon was my preschool teacher in the 1977-78 school year. Stayed connected thru elementary years and church. Still remember her classroom and will always remember her laugh. Sympathy to all her family.

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