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Sharon Gail Haare

December 9, 1940 — May 5, 2024

Rush City

Sharon Gail (McRitchie) Haare of Rush City, Minnesota died on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at M Health Fairview Hospital in Wyoming, Minnesota at the age of 83 from COPD.

On December 9, 1940, Sharon was the fourth of five children born to Peter and Olga (Schultz) McRitchie in Lisbon, North Dakota. Sharon grew up in rural Sheldon and graduated from Lisbon High School in North Dakota.

After graduation she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and lived with her Aunt Fran and Uncle Rudy, helping with their children Karen and Brian, while starting in the workforce. Rudy introduced her to the Flame Cafe` with their many talented artists. She even went to dinner with Porter Wagoner. She moved into a two-bedroom apartment with seven other girls all the while working many different jobs (17 in one year) to find the one she liked the most. She had a fierce work ethic and continued to work until she was 79 years old, only stepping down due to covid and being on oxygen full-time.

Sharon married Robert Haare and together they raised two children, Deborah and Donald. They brought them on many adventures from weekend trips to Sheldon, North Dakota to Menahga, Minnesota (where Bob was from) to trips for coon hunting, snowmobiling, camping to owning Martins Resort on Rush Lake and onto Arrowhead Music from Moose Lake, Minnesota. Sharon continued and still spent 22 years in management at the Hinckley Casino with her final job in Cambridge. Her favorite was working as security in the concert venue of the casino.

Sharon's hobby was working! She was able to fit in many concerts that came to town, was a faithful wrestling fan, loved gambling at Danbury or Blackbear, stopping at garage sales and eating ice cream.

Sharon is survived by her daughter Deborah (Buzz) Mell of Rush City; grandchildren Lindsey Martin of Lakeville, Emily Swanson of Blaine, Washington, Caleb Swanson of Rush City, Chelsey (Grant) VanElsberg of North Branch, Zach Mell of Rush City; great-grandchildren Raegen, McKenna, Olina, Adaline; brother-in-law Gene Jaster of Greensboro, Pennsylvania; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Olga McRitchie; loving son Donald Haare; siblings Robert (Ruby) McRitchie, Marilyn Jaster, Bernie McRitchie, Sandy McRitchie; her beloved pet cats Maddie and Brunswick.

Sharon will be cremated and graveside services will be held at a later date at Anselm Lutheran Cemetery in Lisbon, North Dakota.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City ~ Olson Chapel
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