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In Memory of Sharen Kortas


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday June 2, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday June 3, 2021
Calvary Catholic Cemetery & Chapel Mausoleum
2601 S. 14th St.
Manitowoc WI, 54220

Sharen Elizabeth Kortas age 72 of Hudson, WI, loving wife and mother, passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021 dying peacefully in her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Sharen was born July 31, 1948 in Staten Island, NY to Edgar and Jean Hutchinson (Whigham).  On November 9, 1968 she married Thomas George Kortas and together they raised one son, Michael James.

Sharen was a well-respected real estate agent and leader in the local real estate community. She had a passion for real estate and played an instrumental part in the establishment of the Keller Williams market centers in Hudson and Eau Claire.  Sharen spent over 25 years helping families find homes, and these families loved her like no other.

Sharen also loved cruising the Caribbean with her husband Tom, visiting the islands every year (St. Thomas was her favorite island).  Sharen’s traveling adventures began early in childhood, as her father Ed was in the Coast Guard and was stationed in such cities as Cape May, NJ, St. Petersburg, FL, Ketchikan, AK, Seattle, WA, and Cleveland, OH.

However, it was her dad’s transfer to Two Rivers, WI that would be the most memorable – that is where she met her future husband, Tom!  Together Tom and Sharen would raise their “proud baby boy” Michael.  Sharen was always part of his sporting activities while he was growing up, including coaching Mike’s youth soccer teams and being a placeholder when Mike would practice kicking field goals in high school.

Sharen was preceded in death by her father Edgar, and her mother Jean.  She is survived by Thomas, her husband and best friend of 52 years, her son Michael and his lifetime companion Melanie Dalum, her sister Sandy Racz, brother-in-laws Rob Racz, John Kortas, Bill Kortas, sister-in-laws Kay Smet (Kortas), Linda Kortas, Janey Kortas, and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 2 at O’Connell Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Hudson, WI from 4:00pm- 7:00pm. Interment will be Thursday, June 3 at Calvary Cemetery in Manitowoc, WI at 3:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society. 

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    • Tom – I am so sorry for your loss. I know you and Sharen so enjoyed your time together!! Our prayers are with you.

    • Kortas Family:

      My deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Sharen was a beautiful and generous person. I will truly miss her.

      Grace Fix

    • To those close to Sharon, family, peers, other friends,
      I worked with Sharon at Keller Williams , Hudson.
      She had such a radiant smile, kindness, and manner. She was always a positive and I have high respect and gratitude for her.
      Rest easy my friend, and thank you for you.

    • I had the good fortune of working under Sharen’s supervision as my managing broker at KW Hudson Market Center. Newly licensed in the State of WI and licensed since 1998 in CA. She was always there to answer my questions, direct and good natured. Sharen was a master of keeping her paperwork organized before the ‘paperless’ office. She is missed.

    • I am so sorry for your loss. Sharen was such a wonderful person to me. She helped me and my kids purchase our first home in 2000 and helped me buy and sell two more homes because of my military career. She went above and beyond for my family during difficult times and will always treasure her kindness. God bless and prayers for her loved ones.
      Dawn, Ryan, Pat and Keli

    • so sorry for the families loss. Sharon was a very kind person and helped so many in the real estate business. She will be forever cherished for the wonderful soul she had. I am forever touched for having worked together for a short time. Hugs and prayers.
      Laurie Olson

    • My deepest sympathies to the entire family.
      I am a member of the Western Wisconsin Realtors Association and met Sharon when I worked at Edina Realty. Wonderful lady and will be missed.

    • Dear Tom & Sharen’s Family –

      I was blessed to know Sharen because Tom was my auditor at the Village of Woodville for 13 years then continued while I was at St. Croix County. She was on of the most caring and kind people anyone could ever meet. Because of this friendship – we also got to know her sister Sandy. I truly believe people are put in our lives for a reason. While we were not “close” friends – I always experienced kindness from Sharen no matter where we were. Tom my deepest sympathies to you and your son. Sending prayers of peace for all of you!

      Dan & Cheryl Slind