Sharon Louise Asplin, age 66, of Dassel, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Sept. 29, 1950, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Harold and Loraine (Shelton) Mattson. Sharon was baptized and later confirmed at the Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato.
She grew up in the Dassel area, attended the Lake Jennie Country School, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1968. Sharon continued her education at the Litchfield Hospital, where she received her x-ray technician certificate.
She was employed as an office manager/x-ray technician for over 25 years at the Dassel Chiropractic Center, and for the past several years had worked as a scheduler for the Orthopedic Clinic in Hutchinson.
Sharon was united in marriage to Todd Asplin June 23, 2001. The couple made their home in Dassel.
Sharon loved her family deeply, and enjoyed the time she could spend with her grandchildren, and the holidays with family and friends. She always had time for a cup of coffee with her friends.
Sharon had been in the same card club for over 40 years. You could often find her tending her flowers during the summer. She was a talented seamstress and had fitted many wedding dress for a nervous bride, as well as making the Red Rooster and Corn Carnival candidate’s sashes for several years.
Sharon had volunteered in Dassel. She was the volunteer coordinator for the serving line at Red Rooster Days; and the recipient of the Aquatennial Commodore Award for volunteered service to the Dassel community.
As an active member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, Sharon had served on the church council and the altar guild, taught Sunday school, and had played piano for the pre-school Sunday school children.
She was elected to a seat on the Dassel City Council, where she served one term and was reelected to a second term in November.
Sharon is survived by her father, Harold (Helen) Mattson of Dassel; husband, Todd Asplin of Dassel; children Ryan (Tina) Erickson of Cokato, and Katie (Russ) Atkinson of Waite Park; and three grandchildren: Boedy Erickson (6), Grady Erickson (2), and Henry Atkinson (2).
She is further survived by her siblings, Gordy Mattson of Minneapolis, and Delmar (Suzanne) Mattson of Union, MO; step-sisters Calla Beal of Minnetonka, and Darla (Loren) Nass of Dassel; along with numerous other family and friends.
Sharon was preceded in death by her mother, Loraine Mattson; step-brother Gaylyn Wigen; and sister-in-law Correne Mattson
A memorial service took place Friday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Daniel Belgum-Blad officiating. Interment will take place privately at the Steelsville Cemetery in Dassel on a later date.
There was a time to gather with the family Thursday evening, Dec. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel; continuing Friday one hour prior to the service.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.