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Sharon Messersmith

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Sharon Messersmith age 76 of New Hampton, Iowa died July 12, 2015 at New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding. Sharon’s children will place the pall. The lector for the service will be Zoann Bear. Michael Messersmith will be the crossbearer. Interment will be at the New Hampton City Cemetery with Brad Messersmith, Vern Schnoebelen, Rick Schnoebelen, T.J. Schnoebelen, Mark Burgart, Alan Burgart and John Burgart serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Straw, Larry Straw, Bill Straw, Jim Carr, Mike Kennedy and Wally Murphy. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service on Thursday. Sharon Marie Messersmith was born June 11, 1939 in New Hampton, Iowa the daughter of William and Irene (Munson) Ball. She attended St. Joseph’s Community School and was a 1957 graduate of the New Hampton High School, where she was the 1956 Homecoming Queen. On December 28, 1957 at St. Monica's Church in St. Monicas, California, Sharon married the love of her life, David “Digger” Messersmith. To this romantic union five children were born. Sharon spent most of her life in New Hampton where she worked at the William Kennedy Law Office as well as O’Connor and O’Donohue for many years. Later, in 1987, she owned and operated the Village Inn with her husband, until it's sale in 1997. Sharon went on to work at the New Hampton Newspaper for over ten years, retiring in 2008. She had a love and passion for reading. She always enjoyed spending hours talking on the phone with her children and grandchildren. Sharon is survived by three sons, Michael Messersmith of New Hampton, Daniel (Carol) Messersmith of Forest City, IA and David Lee (Cindy) Messersmith Jr. of Phoenix, AZ; two daughers, Laurie (Steven) Angell of New Hampton and Amy (Jim) Heer of South Riding, VA; seven grandchildren, Maggie (Aaron) Oates of Davenport, IA, Samantha (Bob) Klebsch of Lake Mills, IA, Daniele (Keith) Dorsey of Osage, IA, Michael Messersmith of El Paso, TX, Mary Messersmith of Chattanooga, TN, Emily Heer of South Riding, VA and Andrew Heer of South Riding, VA; six great-grandchildren; one brother Gary (Terri) Ball of Harrison, TN; three sisters, Marion (Cliff) Burgart of New Hampton, Carol (Reynold) Burgart of New Hampton and Judy (Darrel) Blake of Cedar Rapids, IA; one sister-in-law, Joan Ball of New Hampton. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dave in 2008; two brothers, Ray Ball and William Ball in infancy; two brother-in-laws, Terry Messersmith and Dick Schnoebelen; sister-in-law, Shirley Messersmith; one niece Susan Ball.

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  1. To the Messarsmith family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sharon will be missed by all, especially the class of ’57. Don & Kathy Braham

  2. To all of Sharon’s family: I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady. My thoughts and prayers to you all!

  3. Our sympathy to the Messersmith family. Many years ago I worked at the Tastee Freeze for Sharon’s mom and had the privilege to work with Sharon. So many wonderful memories of those days. She will be missed but your memories of her will live on. May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace with the Lord. Jerry and Oletha O’Donnell

  4. What a lovely woman Sharon was-both inside and out, and always thinking of others first. I truly miss her at the library and hearing her sweet voice over the phone when she would call with her book list. She was always so excited when a new one came out. : ) My condolences to to the whole family, and Rachel sends her condolences to you and your family Amy, as well. May you all be comforted with the sweet memories you hold in your hearts. I am lifting you all up in many prayers. May God give you peace and strength. With Deepest Sympathy, Judy Knoll

  5. Great memories of a fellow classmate that always had a positive attitude with a smile on her face. Will always remember the good times we had. Jack O’Byrne

  6. To all of Sharon’s family: I want to extend my sympathy and prayers to all of you. I have wonderful memories of my young years growing up as a neighbor to Sharon. Sharon was such a nice person with a gentle spirit. I always thought she was special. May God’s peace be with all of you.

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss Dan and Carol and your children to Samantha Daniele and Michael I give all of you my strength for these next fewdays my father and mother were each 93 years old dying four years apart we are never ready to let them go no matter what their age you will have fonder memories and more memories than you had before after their past you’ll be thinking of them more thinking of you tomorrow

  8. Our sympathy and prayers to all of the Messersmith family. She is now reunited with ‘Digger’ and looking down on all. May she now be at peace.

  9. My heart is saddened with the loss of my dear sister. Deepest condolences to the family. I will cherish my fond memories of Sharon and trust she is at peace now and watching over all her loved ones.

  10. To all of Sharon’s family….you have our deepest sympathy…Gooter is fishing for the week and he will be so sad to hear the news when he gets home and that he couldn’t be here for the services. He so enjoyed stopping to visit her, they always had plenty to talk about and have a good laugh reliving old stories…another angel went home to heaven..enjoy her memory, she was one of a kind and a class act!

  11. Our condolences to all of Sharon’s family. She was a special woman and we will miss her visits. She was always upbeat even if it was a bad day.

  12. Messersmith family, you have my deepest sympathies. For such a small woman, Sharon was FULL of sass and had the biggest heart. She will be missed greatly, but there is much peace to be found now that she is reunited with Dan; they truly are one another’s ‘other half.’ I’m so thankful the newspaper girls and I got to have lunch with her around her birthday — She was a wonderful woman (one whose purse I know was totally off-limits for others to touch, and who I could count on to fill be in on what Hannity had to say 😉 She was a treasure.

  13. My Deepest Sympathy goes out to all of Sharon’s family. Prayers and thoughts are with you during this time for the loss of your loved one! Lyn

  14. To the entire family of Sharon, we are so sorry for your loss! She was the sweetest, most tender hearted, funny, witty person I know! I am so glad I had the honor of knowing & working with her. We had lots of laughs through the years! Hold onto those wonderful memories! She is in a better place & no longer suffering. Thinking of you all! Peg & Dan Testroet

  15. Our sympathy to all Sharon’s family. She was a great person to visit with and also had a pretty smile. Rest in peace Sharon. Jack and Betty Gorman

  16. Our deepest Sympathy goes out to all the family and friends of Sharon…she was a very special person who will be missed. Know you will relish all the memories. Tom and Lin Finnegan

  17. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Sharon’s family. I loved to visit with her. She was always such a caring and sweet lady. Keep her memories close to your heart. Her and Dave are rejoined in their heavenly home. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Love you always Sharon!!!!!!

  18. My sympathy to Sharon’s family. She was a very sweet gal. Always friendly and had a smile and a kind word. I saw her lots in high school as well as when we both worked in the ‘Kennedy’ building. May God rest her soul…Mary Burke Wegner

  19. To all the family our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sharon was a high school classmate and friend. Always had a great smile and a good word. She is at peace now.Marge and Rich

  20. Sharon was a one-of-a-kind lady and will be missed by this entire community. How lucky everyone was to have had her as a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Rest in peace my friend!

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