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September 10, 1940 – July 3, 2023

When asked how she would like to be remembered, Sharon’s response was, “She was
a great servant unto others.” Not only was she a great servant to others, but she was
also a great servant for God.

Sharon LaVonne Nelson-Diers, age 82, joined her Lord and Savior in Heaven on July 3,
2023. She passed away peacefully at the home she shared with her husband, Stanley
Diers, in Howard Lake, MN.
Sharon was born on September 10,1940, in Palmyra Township in Minnesota and was
adopted by her loving parents, David and Mabel Blad.

Sharon worked for 30 years as a nursing assistant at Ebenezer Covenant Nursing
Home of Buffalo, MN. She married Lawrence (Larry) Nelson of Cokato, on October 18,
1961. Together they had four children. Jay (Carol) Nelson of Cokato, Troy (Jane)
Nelson of Annandale, Melody Nelson of St. Cloud, and Heath (Meghann) Nelson of
Becker. After the passing of her first husband Larry in 1994, she married Stanley Diers
of Howard Lake on January 7, 2000, and lovingly embraced his four children: Julie
(Mark) Berning of St. Michael, Linda(Sean) Groos of Howard Lake, Phillip(Teresa) Diers
of Howard Lake, and Alan(Marietta) Diers of Pine River.

Her eight grandchildren, fifteen step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three
step-great-grandchildren were asked to describe their grandmother and what they will
miss about her. Words like joyful, talkative, genuine, intentional, kind, prayer warrior,
wise, storyteller, hospitable, funny, encouraging, positiv0e, and loving were just a few
that they shared. Grandma Sharon always had ice cream available, was always
smiling, was there for anyone, and was a calming presence for Grandpa (Stanley).

Sharon enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends and family, tending to her many
flower gardens, and serving in the Buffalo Evangelical Free Church that she and Larry
helped start as well as serving in the church that she and Stan helped start, Harvest
Community Church of Lester Prairie.

Sharon is preceded in death by her first husband, Larry, her 5 sisters and 1
brother and her parents.
A visitation is scheduled for July 14 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30
p.m. at Chilson’s Funeral Chapel in Winsted, MN (200 Fairlawn Avenue West, Winsted,
MN 55395). The Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday July 15 at 11:00
a.m. at Harvest Community Church in Lester Prairie, MN (701 1st Ave North).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Campus Crusade for
in care of Maureen Hornstein whom the Nelsons and the Diers have supported over the

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Gale Bakeberg

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great person to talk to.

    Bob & Gale Bakeberg

  2. Sandy and Dick Gable

    Sharon had become a close Christian friend as we shared wintertime warmth in Florida for years. Her love of service to the Lord and her fellow humankind were very evident to all who knew her.

  3. Bennie Walker

    Will miss seeing her in Florida but will see her again on that Great Reunion Day in heaven!
    Ben & Dinah Walker

  4. Craig Hayes

    She was always very friendly and caring. She will be having great conversations in heaven.

  5. Sonia Hanson

    The California cousins will miss Aunt Sharon, always loved talking to her! She was filled with joy & love.

    Praying for Stan & family.

    Much Love,

    Sonia Hanson

  6. Steven Casavant

    I am so sorry Mr Diers of your wife’s passing. Linda and Sean I am sorry to hear about your step mother. I will pray for her soul and for your family in this difficult time.

  7. Joan Jacksin

    She was a good person . I worked with her for years at the nursing home in Buffalo. She took my daughters to Awana every Wed nite. She was always cheerful and upbeat.


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