Sharon Ruth Grahmann passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2023. She was born Aug. 5, 1944 to Ruth and Lawrence Grubert in Yoakum, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Cecilia Grahmann. Sharon is survived by her husband of 58 years, Fred Grahmann, her children Tina Stavinoha (Leroy), Michael Grahmann (Sonia), Joshua Grahmann (Ashley) and Shari Grahmann, her grandchildren Jordan Grahmann, Alicia Mattke, Camille Grahmann, Amelia Stavinoha, Emma Grahmann, Robert Stavinoha, Faith Grahmann, Maren Grahmann, her brother Larry Grubert (Doris) and her sister Debbie Lucke (Kenny).
Sharon lived her early years in Yoakum before moving to Hallettsville. Sharon attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Yoakum before completing her education at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Hallettsville in 1962. After graduation, Sharon attended Victoria College and completed her associate degree. On Nov. 26, 1964, she married her true love, Fred Grahmann, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Sharon and Fred began married life living in Hallettsville before moving to Sheridan. They ultimately settled in Rock Island where they raised their four children and made countless contributions to their community.
Her children and grandchildren were the center of Sharon’s world. You could always find her volunteering at their school functions, carting kids to various activities, substitute teaching or attending as many of her grandchildren’s activities as possible. Sharon was a servant leader by nature. You could always find her working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything she was involved with was successful. Sharon would help in any way, and she devoted time to multiple organizations and endeavors providing outlets to the youth of the community. Sharon was a founding member of the Sheridan 4-H Club, President of the Sheridan Little League for many years, and an integral part of the Sheridan PTA while her children attended Sheridan Continued from 2
Elementary and Junior High School.
As her children grew, so did Sharon. She expanded her reach and impact beyond her local community to the county level. Sharon co-founded the homemaking competition at the Colorado County Fair expanding her impact beyond just youth; however, Sharon’s passion was developing the youth of her community and county into future leaders. She spent 25 years serving as a 4-H Program Coordinator for Colorado County, retiring in 2019. She had a passion for helping kids become good stewards of the community by being involved in other service activities in their churches and other organizations. Sharon had a lasting impact on many youths in Colorado County. She routinely gave her personal time to serve as a coach, supporter, a mom and grandmother to her 4-Hers. She supported them through attendance at county, district and state 4-H activities where she always gave her full support.
Sharon was also an active partner in the family ranch. Over the years, she and Fred provided opportunities for students from Columbus and Rice to raise and show beef projects in their local shows and the county fair when it was not always financially feasible for these kids.
Sharon received the Colorado County Older Texan award and the Friend of 4-H Award recognizing her outstanding service and support.
Visitation is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, followed by a rosary at 12:30 p.m. and a funeral mass at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Sharon Grahmann 4-H Endowment Fund. You can donate online at https:// texas4hfoundation. org/ ways-to-give/ and designate the Sharon Grahmann Endowment in the Specific Designation field, or you may send a check payable to the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation, designate Sharon Grahmann Endowment in the memo section of the check and mail to: Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation PO Box 11020 College Station, TX 778421020