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Obituary for Sharon L. Luethe

Sharon Lee (Branchfield) Luethe, 68, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at Bethany Riverside Nursing Facility, La Crosse. She was born October 6, 1943, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Edward and Adelaide "Buddy" (Fischer) Thomas.  Sharon graduated from Greendale High School.  She married Floyd Branchfield on August 26, 1963.  They moved to Wittenberg, Wis., in 1969, they later divorced and she then raised her six children.  Sharon obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in teaching.  She moved to La Crosse in 1987, where she resided for the next 24 years enjoying her children and grandchildren and substitute teaching.  In 2003, she married Lloyd Luethe of Norwalk, Wis. It was the "little things" and simple joys in life that brought Sharon the most happiness, such as taking long walks and enjoying the beauty of nature, wild flowers in the spring, being surrounded by her family and the laughter of children, and giving hugs.  Some of her favorite things include gardenias, playing piano, "The Sound of Music", and her special holiday "May Day".  Her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren.  She gave all of herself to her family and loved her children and grandchildren with unconditional love.
Survivors include her mother, Buddy Thomas; six children, Barbara (Joe) McDonald, Brenda (Ron) Lambrecht, Bev (Keith) Matz, Sherry Thomson, Jennifer (George) Hart, and David (Brandi) Branchfield; and 17 grandchildren. 
Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Edward Thomas; her brother, Andrew; and her husband, Lloyd Luethe.
In accordance with Sharon's wishes, her body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the Faith and Life Center at Bethany Riverside Nursing Facility, 2575 South 7th St., La Crosse. Rev. Kimberly Jordan will officiate.  There will be no visitation prior to the service or burial following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Woodruff Chapel), La Crosse, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at
The family would like to that the staff at Bethany Riverside Nursing Facility for the wonderful and loving care that they provided to Sharon.
"God saw you were getting tired, the cure was not to be.
He wrapped his arms around you and whispered, "come with me."
You suffered much in silence, your spirit did not bend.
You faced your pain with courage, until the very end.
You tried so hard to stay with us, your fight was all in vain.
God took you to his loving home and freed you from all pain.
You didn't deserve what you went through, and so he gave you rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best."