Sharon Shoutz of Watkins died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 72.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Forest City. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield with a parish prayer service at 7:45 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the St. Gertrude Catholic Cemetery in Forest City.
Sharon Ann Shoutz was born Feb. 5, 1941, to Edwin and Katherine (Horwath) Rohrbeck, on the family farm in Forest Prairie Township, Meeker County, Minnesota. She grew up in Forest Prairie Township and attended country school there until her family moved to Minneapolis. After a short time in Minneapolis, her family moved to the Forest City area and bought the Forest City Store. Sept. 7, 1957, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Shoutz at the St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Forest City, a marriage that would last for 56 years. They moved to Darwin for about a year, and then moved to a home they built north of Forest City. They later moved to the farm where she lived the rest of her life. She was a member of the St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church, a snowmobile club and a neighborhood card club. In her early years, she enjoyed the outdoors through camping, fishing, and trapping with Lloyd. Later, she enjoyed crocheting, canning, and visiting the casinos. She travelled on many “sister trips” which originally included her sisters, but grew to include other women of the family. Family was very important to Sharon and her grandchildren knew she was their biggest supporter; whether it was fishing in the river, welcoming their friends into the home, or simply covering for them so they wouldn’t get in trouble with grandpa or mom and dad.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; brother Eddie Rohrbeck; sister Darlene Whitcombe; daughter Pamela Kuseske; grandson Justin Shoutz; granddaughter Christina Sorenson; and great-grandson Trevin Gabrielson.
She is survived by her husband Lloyd; children Deb (and Paul) Yanish of Watkins, Lloyd Allan (and Irene) Shoutz of Kimball, Brad (and Wendy) Shoutz of Litchfield, Tony Shoutz of Watkins, Tracy (and Greg) Vollmer of Watkins; son-in-law Jeff Kuseske of Kimball; grandchildren Christin (and Daniel) Geislinger, Joseph (and Erin) Yanish, Amy (and Matthew) Gabrielson, Nicole (and Mitch) Dragt, James Shoutz, Jerimiah (and Christine) Shoutz, Josh Shoutz, Brandon Shoutz, Kenadie Shoutz, Landon Shoutz, and Spencer Vollmer; great-grandchildren Haylee Geislinger, Jared Geislinger, Dylan Geislinger, Koda Shoutz, Gabriel Yanish, Logan Dragt, ElaJean Gabrielson, Carson Dragt, and Tiah Gabrielson. She is also survived by her sisters Shirley (and George) Leppa of Big Lake, and Linda (and Steve) Fluck of Carlton.