Sharon A. (Sparks) Franz, 71, Land O’ Lakes, passed away with her husband at her side on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. A funeral mass was held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Land O’ Lakes.
Sharon Sparks was born on July 2, 1948, in Rhinelander, to Jerry and Ruth Sparks. Sharon graduated from Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. She was a lifelong resident of Land O’ Lakes, where she lived with her husband, Ronald L. Franz. Sharon was an active parishioner of St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes, where she taught faith formation classes, was a choir member, and a member of St. Ann’s Altar Society for many years. Sharon touched so many people’s hearts with her infectious laugh, her strong faith and her willingness to help anyone in need. She leaves behind many family members and friends who all were touched by her love, friendship and too many memories to count.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ronald L. Franz; two children: Ron J. (Jeanne) Franz of Winona, Minn., and Julia A. (Rob) Lammert of New Richmond; and six grandchildren: Justin Franz, Natalya Franz, Alex Lammert, Nathan Lammert, Joey Lammert, and Mikey Lammert; all of whom she lived for and who will never forget her hugs, smiles, support and of course the treats she always had for them when they visited. She is also survived by three siblings: Jerry (Shelly) Sparks, Diane Sparks, and David (Syndie) Sparks; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.