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January 29, 1943 – April 26, 2024

Maroon, Wash.

Sharon B. Engwis, daughter of Harvey and Betty (Neuhalfen) Schmeichel was born January 29, 1943 in Minot, ND. Passed away peacefully on April 26, 2024 in Puyallup, WA. Sharon grew up in Minot and attended Minot Public School. In 1960, she met a young, handsome pilot stationed at Minot Airforce Base, who quickly became the love of her life. They were married on August 28, 1960 in Minot, ND. They were blessed with three daughters, Katherine (Kitty), Cora Leigh and Christine (Tina).

As a military family, they lived in Minot, ND, California, Istanbul, Turkey and Illinois. After Ken’s retirement from the Air Force, the family moved to Midland, MI, where Ken grew up. In 1975 the family moved back to Minot, ND. Sharon worked at Woolworth’s Food Counter until 1978 in both Midland, MI and Minot, ND, where she began a new career with AFLAC Insurance Company as a sales associate, a job at which she truly excelled. In 1989, Sharon & Ken moved to Auburn, WA where she worked for Weyerhaeuser in their human resources department until their retirement in 2015. Ken passed away on February 10, 2004.

Sharon enjoyed working in her flower gardens, being involved with her church, playing pinochle twice a week at the Kent WA Senior Center and having breakfast with her friends every Saturday morning. Every fall, Sharon traveled to Minot to attend Norsk Hostfest with her two sisters, Leona Stearns and Marlene Wolf, daughter Tina and granddaughter Abbey, plus other family members.

Sharon was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many. She will be truly missed.

Sharon is survived by her daughters, Cora Leigh Belgarde, Prosser, WA; Tina Hughes, Minot, N.D.; Grandchildren – Patrice, Ricky Jr, Kenneth Belgarde all of Prosser, WA; Matthew (Aislinn Kimball) Acker, Port Orchard, WA; Melissa (Cody) Acker-Hart, Puyallup, WA; Michael (Michelle) Harnist, Minot, ND; Abbey Olson, Minot, ND; Great-grandchildren: Mallina and Tenayaha Gilmore, Prosser, WA; Madison (Cody Howell) Harnist, Floyd, VA; Carson Harnist, Newcomerstown, OH; Great-great-grandchildren; Kyle Howell, Floyd, VA; Jayce Kimball and baby Kimball due July 2024, Port Orchard, WA; Aunt Eleanor Neuhalfen, Minot, ND; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sharon is preceded in death by her husband Ken, daughter Kitty Acker, granddaughter Sharon Gilmore; parents Harvey and Betty Schmeichel; brother Willis (Charlene) Schmeichel; Son-in-law Harry Hughes; brother-in-law Leo Wolf.

Special thanks to the family (Florin and Erica Croitoru) and staff at Misty Willow Senior Care, Puyallup, WA for the love and care given to Sharon during her stay with you and to the Envision Hospice team who helped her last took care of for days.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers; Messiah Lutheran Church-Auburn, WA; Imagine Hospice – Tacoma, WA; KALIX, Minot, ND.

Published by The Minot Daily News, May 1, 2024.