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.