Shar Pederson, age 90 of Park Rapids, Minnesota, formerly of Appleton, MN, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids on August 3, 2020, after a short illness.

A private family burial for Sharlotte Sylvia Pederson will be held in Appleton City Cemetery, with a celebration of life to be held in Park Rapids, MN, at a later date.

Sharlotte Sylvia Doege was born in Appleton, MN, on March 14, 1930, to George W. and Sylvia (White) Doege. She was baptized and confirmed at the First United Methodist Church in Appleton. She attended Appleton public schools and graduated with the class of 1948. On September 3, 1950, Sharlotte was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Norman S. Pederson. This union was blessed with 70 happy years and four children: Karin, Gregg, Kristin, and Beth.

Sharlotte spent her adult life as a homemaker and worked for the Appleton Veterinary Clinic and in the family insurance and real estate business. She was very dedicated to her family and enjoyed crafting, antiquing, traveling, camping, solving cross word puzzles, candy making (a tradition carried down from her father that continues today), enjoying music, and reading. A special part of her life was her church affiliations in Appleton and Park Rapids and she especially enjoyed weekly visits from her pastor at the Crystal Brook retirement center in Park Rapids. She and Norman enjoyed a 40 year tradition of winter vacations in Sarasota, Florida. In 1989, they moved to their retirement home in Park Rapids on Potato Lake and loved sharing the natural beauty and wildlife with family and friends.

Her quick wit, dry sense of humor and her ability to make people feel special will be truly missed.

Sharlotte is survived by her husband: Norman; her children: Karin (Jon) Trost of Champlin, MN, Gregg (Janet) Pederson of Castle Rock, CO, Kristin (Dan) Smith of Holloway, MN, Beth Larson of Glencoe, MN; eleven grandchildren: Stephanie Davis, Erik Trost, Brian Trost, John Pederson, Thomas Pederson, Ben Smith, Kelsey Johnson, Michael Larson, Andrew Larson, Emily Lorenz, and Daniel Larson;  eleven great grandchildren; sisters in law: Patricia Pederson, Marion Ayers, Bette Bryan; and brother-in-law: David (Kathy) Pederson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: George and Sylvia Doege; brother: William (Bill) Doege; brothers-in-law: Oscar Pederson, Charles Pederson, Oliver Nypan, LaVern Johnson, Victor Ayers, and Roger Bryan; sisters-in-law: Gladys Nypan, Norma Johnson, Bernice Pederson, Faith Pederson, Phyllis Pederson, and Oramae Doege; and son-in-law: David Larson.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel in Appleton, MN.


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