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Sharon M. Heller

Sharon M. Heller

July 23, 2017

Sharon M. Heller, 78, of Eau Claire, passed away July 23, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, with her daughter-in-law Kim at her side.     

She was born March 8, 1939, in Eau Claire, the daughter of Claire and Ella (Hanson) Gilgan.  Sharon graduated from Eau Claire Senior High with the class of 1957.  She married Gene Heller on February 14, 1958, in Eau Claire.  They later divorced.  She later married Robert Blum and they later divorced and remained close friends until his passing.

Sharon began working at UW Eau Claire in 1962 as a switchboard supervisor. She was proud to be one of the first recipients of the classified staff excellence award. She also worked part time at the Inn-Be-tween bar in Lake Hallie for several years.  After retiring from UWEC in 1997, she enjoyed spending time at her camper on Nelson Lake in Hayward.  In her earlier years, Sharon enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, camping, and an occasional casino run. 

Sharon is survived by her son, Brian (Kim) Heller of Bridge Creek; grandson, Josh of Bridge Creek; sister, Kay (Darryl) Broten of Eau Claire; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and by her dog “Dude”.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Judy Thalacker.

Funeral Services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017, at Spirit Lutheran Church, 1310 Main St., Eau Claire, with Pastor Jim Ahlquist officiating.  Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Friday at the church.  Burial will be private at Rest Haven Cemetery in Eau Claire.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Northwoods Humane Society, 10812 N. O’Brien Hill Rd., Hayward, WI 54843.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Altoona is serving the family. 


Held from 3-5 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017 at Spirit Lutheran Church


Held at 5 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017 at Spirit Lutheran Church.

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  • Dick Walch Sharon and Butch were my best friends back in the 1957-1970 era. Butch was my pit man on my race car. I have not communicated with Sharon or Butch since I left Eau Claire . I new Sharon had remarried but did not and do not know what happened to Butch. My Condolences to Sharon's Family. I remember Sharon as a beautiful and wonderful woman. I was fortunate to know her and have and always will remember her.

    July 29 at 1:00pm

  • Joan Scharlau Brian, Kim & Josh

    So sorry to read of Sharon's passing. I will not be able to attend her funeral services as I have company from the Beloit area.

    Sharon became a friend on the first day that I started work at the UW-Eau Claire. Marge Martin walked me over to her office and introduced us., From that day forward Sharon was a good friend, Could always confide in her and enjoyed her company very much.

    I will always cherish those memories.

    You have my deepest sympathy.

    Jo Scharlau

    July 28 at 11:07am

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