In Memory of Sharon Salava

Sharon V. Salava, age 78, of New Richmond, WI, formerly of Inver Grove Heights, MN, passed away unexpectedly the evening of Monday, March 29, 2021 in her home. Sharon was born one of six children to parents Veril & Fern Coggshall in St. Paul, MN. She grew up alongside her siblings in the St. Paul, MN area, & as an adult, she started a family, and had seven children of her own. Sharon went on to work as a food service specialist for St. Joseph Hospital for many years. Sharon loved and adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never missed the opportunity to spend time with her beloved family.

Sharon saw the value in everything, but most of all, she valued life. Sharon lived it to the fullest, & spent every day in the pursuit of laughter & happiness. Her lust for life & gracious heart will be dearly missed by all who knew her; but her free spirit will live on in the hearts of those who loved her best.

Sharon will remain in the hearts of her children, Lori Link of Stillwater, MN, Dave (Robin) Salava of River Falls, WI, Ed Salava of Hudson, WI, Krissy Olsen of New Richmond, WI, Terri (Chad) Casey of Hudson, WI, & Mary (Dave Anderson) Walker of New Richmond, WI; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way; brother, Gary; brother-in-law, Gene; 2 sisters, Robin(John) & Lynne(Bob); good friend, Chris Rassett; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family & loved ones. She is preceded in death by her parents, Veril & Fern; son, Alex Salava; grandsons, Christopher & Taylor; granddaughter, Chelsea; & 2 sisters, Roxanne & Sandy.

A Celebration of Sharon’s Life is tentatively planned for the Summer of 2021.  The location as well as the exact date & times will be posted at a later date. Please check back in with O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 11th St. S. Hudson, WI, 54016, 715-386-3725, info@oconnellfuneralhomes.com, for future updates.

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    • My sweet grandma ponytail!
      We gave you that nickname because you always wore a ponytail when you came over. No matter what it was always up! I remember you walking to the townhomes when you got off the bus since it wasn’t a long walk. I remember looking out the door and always getting so excited too see you! I would bawl my eyes out every time you left, I always thought you weren’t coming back but you always did. We always went to the Mall with you and watched lifetime movies!! You loved your family so much. You loved life as well. No matter what you were always smiling and laughing. I miss you so much. Words don’t & never will describe how much we all miss you. I love you forever & always grandma ponytail!!

    • mom,
      Thank you for being my mom you gave me strength
      Understanding we laughed together we cried together
      You supported me when things got tough. I will miss you
      Each and everyday. Happy hopper hunting in heaven(April
      will get this) The girls will miss their grandma ponytail so much
      the way you always left half your clothes at our house because you bought new stuff and did not want to bring the old stuff home with you but most of all THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME UNCONDITIONALLY

    • Grandma… you were one of a kind, loving, funny and you accepted and supported each and every one of us grandkids and great grandkids for who we are. And even though there were 24 of us, you made sure we each felt 100% of your love 100% of the time. I love you and I miss you, but I know you are watching over us always.