Shari Clark

August 2, 2021

Service: Services will be held at a later date.

     Sherilyn Amanda Clark was a fighter. At 67 years old, she passed away at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, MN with her daughter Polly and her hospice caregiver Dana by her side. In her 4 1/2 year battle with terminal cancer, she warmed the hearts of her hospice and nursing teams with her faith and endurance. The day before she died, she told her hospice Chaplain she’d never felt any pain. Her battle ended in peace August 2, 2021.

        Born To Wilma and Don Rowland in Sioux Falls, SD, she attended Canton High School and married Gary Fossum in 1972. They had a daughter, Polly and later divorced. Shari relocated to Sioux Falls in the mid 80’s.

        Shari was kind and considerate and would have given a stranger the shirt off her back and remembered their name and life story when she saw them next. When it came time to work, she was most passionate about helping others through her role as a legal secretary and in various sales and hospitality positions.  She loved doodling and coloring in good old fashioned coloring books and enjoyed the occasional Sunday Brunch with family.

        Most important to her were those she leaves behind, as it was the people in her life who meant the most to her. Shari leaves behind her daughter, Polly (Gil) Antaya, and grandchildren Dylan, Abigail and Sophia of Minneapolis, MN; Brother Ron (Val Carman) Rowland of Sioux Falls; Sister Wendy (Jim) Muller of Statesville, NC; Sister-by-Love, Penny (Rhett) Anderberg of Renner, SD; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved Bichon Frise, Bimbo. Shari also leaves an extended family of friends and her newfound family in the end at the Lutheran Home and through her Allina Hospice family of caregivers whose compassionate care meant the world to her. She was preceded in death by her parents.

        Shari donated her body to science at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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  1. Lynn Short on August 16, 2021 said:

    Rest in peace my dear friend your smile lit up the room we really had some great times together that I cherish

  2. Ramona on August 16, 2021 said:

    So sorry Wendy, I know how it feels to lose a sibling.

  3. Claude & Claire M. on August 16, 2021 said:

    I think everyone knew Shari growing up in Canton.
    She had a great sense of humor, very likeable,
    and fun to hang out with. Sorry to hear about her
    passing away.

  4. Ila Torkelson on August 16, 2021 said:

    So sorry to see this. I remember her but didn’t know her well but knew her father Don very well. My sympathy to all of her family.

  5. Cheryl McCann on August 16, 2021 said:

    So sorry Polly and family. I have many good memories with your mom. She was kind, witty and I loved her laugh. She loved her family deeply. Rest in peace my friend

  6. Wilma Romereim on August 16, 2021 said:

    Oh Shari, I tried calling you several times but never got through to you. I will never forget all the times I stayed at your house and all the fun we had. You, Ardie ,Dennis and Gary all gone from my life. I love 💘 and miss you guys.

  7. tom pokela on August 17, 2021 said:

    We really liked her. Great friend and enjoyed her company. She was a very nice employee. The world will miss her.

  8. Sandi Lundstrom on August 19, 2021 said:

    Polly and Family: I was saddened to hear of Shari’s passing. We grew up together. Your uncle Ron was in my class. Shari had a beautiful smile and was fun to visit with because of her outgoing personality. You have my sympathy.

  9. Sonja Tyrrell on August 19, 2021 said:

    Dear Polly & Family, I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. With Love & Deepest Sympathy, Sonja Tyrrell

  10. Lynda Johnson on August 19, 2021 said:

    Polly and family

    I am so very sorry for your loss I have great memories with your Mom when she lived next door to me when I was growing up sending you lots of hugs and prayers

  11. nancy veenis on August 19, 2021 said:

    Wendy so sorry for you and your family loss. I really liked your sister since we where young. my prayers to you my friend

  12. Cook Plucker on August 23, 2021 said:

    Ron, Wendy and Polly. So sorry to hear of Shari’s passing. Doesn’t surprise me that she donated her body to the Medical Schools. Such a giving person, right to the end. She hosted my wedding shower when I got married. Good memories of her. I was Polly’s daycare provider. My sympathies to all of you.