Sharon Schwardt, 71, of St. James died Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Care System-Mankato.

Sharon Schwardt, 71, of St. James died Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Care System-Mankato. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 29 at St. John's Lutheran Church in South Branch with Rev. Matthew Rusert officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be Tuesday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

Sharon was born Feb. 11, 1946 in New Ulm, the daughter of Vincent and Verna (Schwartz) Flatau. Sharon grew up in St. James where she attended St. James High School. On Aug. 11, 1962 she was united in marriage to Bernhardt Schwardt. The couple made their home near St. James where they raised their two children. Sharon worked side by side with Bernie on the family farm for 45 years. She then worked as an activities aide at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Nursing Home for 10 years. Sharon was a Master Gardener for over 15 years and enjoyed all of the activities around that. She played the organ at the Truman nursing home while Bernie conducted the services. Sharon also enjoyed deer hunting.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Bernie Schwardt of St. James; daughter, Nyla (John) Johnson of Truman; son, Nyles (Tracy) Schwardt of Jordan; mother, Verna Flatau Lueck of St. James; and granddaughter, Emma Schwardt. She is preceded in death by her father, Vincent Flatau; and step-father, Jack Lueck.