The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 25, 2014

Sharon Jane Harnitz

—   Sharon Jane Harnitz, 69, of Mankato, died Tuesday April 22, 2014 at Mayo Health System Mankato.

 Funeral services will be Noon, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Mankato, officiated by Rev. Gary Wong. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Today at Woodland Hills Funeral home and will continue 1 hour before services at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

 Sharon Harnitz was born May 1st, 1944 in Mankato MN and raised by her parents; Henry and Bernita Konz. She grew up on a farm near Rapidan and graduated from Rapidan High School in 1962.  On February 20, 1965 she married Detlef "Dutch" Harnitz at St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

 Sharon is survived by her husband Dutch, children Andre & Amy Harnitz of Mankato, Kelly Harnitz & Demetrius James of Shakopee, Cory & Lisa Harnitz of Mankato, Grandchildren Ariel, Ari, Anastasia, Alex and new baby of Mankato. Brother Gerald Westberg of North Mankato and nieces/nephews Angela, Elke, Gabriele, Ralf, Uve of California and Mathew of North Mankato. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 Sharon was a loving wife, proud mother & grandmother.  She enjoyed cooking and vacationing with family. She was a second mother to many young people over the years and helped to raise many winners but in the end her fight against cancer demonstrated to all of us what it really means to be a champion.