Sharon Lee Ueland, age 78, of Brookings, SD, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022, at the Brookings hospital.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, South Dakota Chapter.
Sharon Lee Ueland was born on Dec. 14, 1943, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Wilbur “Bud” and Estelle “Stella” (Hendren) Anderson. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Canby, MN. She had many fond memories growing up in Canby with her big brother, Wayne, and little sister, Linda, working (and playing!) at their parents’ business, Bud’s Cafe, in Canby. She attended Canby public school, graduating in 1962. Following graduation, she moved to Minneapolis, MN.
While living in Minneapolis, Sharon married Kermit Ueland on April 30, 1964. Sharon and Kermit moved to Brookings, SD, in 1967. She worked in the area until the birth of her first child, Lori Ann, in 1971. Sharon then became a full-time stay-at-home mother and welcomed her second daughter, Stacey Jill, in 1974 and her third daughter, Mary Beth, in 1985.
In 1990, Sharon began working for South Dakota State University as a custodian and retired after 25 years in 2015. She had a passion for cleaning and loved being able to provide bright, clean spaces for the students to learn. When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed movie nights, jokes (and pranks!), cooking, and just spending time with her girls.
Sharon was thrilled to become a Grandmother and welcomed her grandson, Ciaran, in 2010. She doted on him and loved playing games, sneaking him treats, attending all his school functions and summer activities, and taking him on camping trips. Sharon is survived by her sister, Linda (Mike) Schmidt of Medina, OH; her daughters: Lori, Stacey, and Mary Beth, all of Brookings; her grandson, Ciaran McGuinness of Brookings; her cousins, nieces, and nephews; and finally, her furbaby Jasmine.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Estelle; her brother, Wayne; her former husband, Kermit; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.