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Sharon Mae Carolan

April 30, 1944 — June 15, 2024

Lester, Iowa

     Sharon Carolan age 80, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota died Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

    Family and friends may gather at the Seeds of Faith Church in Lester, Iowa at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19th.  Pastor will lead everyone in prayer at 10:00 a.m., then we will travel to the Hillside Cemetery for burial.

     Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at the Seeds of Faith Church in Lester, IA, with Reverend Don Nelson officiating.

     The visitation will be Tuesday, June 18th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Seeds of Faith Church in Lester.

     Arrangements are in the care of the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

     Sharon Mae (Ageson) Carolan was born on Sunday, April 30, 1944, in Rock Rapids, IA to Harold and Vivian (Oliver) Ageson. She was welcomed home by her older brother Robert and followed by her little brother Paul and sister Cheryl.  Sharon spent most of her life residing in her beloved town of Lester. She lived in several cities across the country but always found her way back home because she was a Lester girl at heart.  In 1966, she fell head over heels for the most handsome man she had ever met, Leo Patrick Carolan.  Marriage and babies quickly followed. Seven children were born to this union. She was also blessed with 20 grandbabies and 2 great grandbabies.

     Throughout her life, Sharon was the life of the party and was always up for a new adventure. Growing up and all through school, she loved to sing, act and play basketball. Sharon continued all these loves her whole life, even still shooting baskets last summer. She was an avid supporter of everything West Lyon and was even honored to be asked to be the baccalaureate speaker one year. Sharon worked at Ageson Interiors, her Dad’s furniture store, for many years. After that, she pursued her life-long dream and became a flight attendant for United Airlines for a few years. Sharon finished her working career at Carolan Rental working with her son, Jamie. She hosted many summer sleepovers and Nana Claus parties for the grandkids which will be life-long memories for all those involved. Sharon was a faithful wife, devoted mother, spectacular Nana and loved friend, but above all, she was a devout follower and evangelist of Christ. Sharon’s love, joy and laughter touched the lives of everyone she encountered. In her later years, Sharon battled dementia, but she never let it take her contagious love for people and joy for life. Surrounded by family, Sharon went to be with Jesus at the Doughtery House in Sioux Falls on Saturday, June 15, 2024. She will be missed by all but her love of laughter and for the Lord will live on in all of those she touched. 

     Sharon is survived by her seven children, Shawn (Julie) Carolan, Larchwood, IA, Beth (Bob) McSpadden, Parker, CO, Michael (Lesley) Carolan, Sioux Falls, SD, Mark (Veronica) Carolan, Sioux Falls, SD, Chad Carolan, Sioux Falls, SD, Jamie (Sherry) Carolan, Larchwood, IA, Sara (Gary) Rovarino, Cave Creek, AZ. 22 Grandbabies, Olivia ((Isaac), Amelia, Quinn),  Isabel, Gabriel, Cooper, McKenna, Kenzi, Nikki, Tanner, Abbrielle, Brody, Connor, Thomas, Sydney, Mason, Madelyn, Kaden, Jack, Ava, Andronicus, Roman. Her sister, Cheryl, and brother, Robert. 

     She is preceded in death by her husband, Leo, and parents, Harold & Vivian, along with her brother Paul and nephew Jordan. 

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