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Sharon M. Prissel

Sharon M. Prissel

Sharon M. Prissel, age 81 of Durand, peacefully passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Sharon was born on May 4, 1937 in Durand. She was the daughter of Garrett “Jerry” and Ruth (Bauer) Auth. Sharon grew up in the Arkansaw and Durand area and graduated from Durand High School in 1955. After high school, Sharon attended and graduated from St. Catherine University in the Twin Cities with a degree in nursing. In 1959, Sharon went to work as a nurse at St. Benedict Hospital in Durand and married Leon Prissel on October 31 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand. After marriage, they continued living in Durand and raised their family. Sharon took a job as a nurse for the Pepin County Health Department in 1965. She worked for Pepin County the rest of her career, eventually becoming the Director of the Pepin County Health Department and she retired in 2004.

Sharon loved to spend time with her family, especially spending time with and going to see her grandchildren’s school and sports events. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends, going out for dinner and bus rides with friends to the casino.

Sharon is survived by her children; Jeff (Sally) of Durand, Lee (Rose) of Rochester, MN, Paul (Michele) of Los Angeles, CA, Sharon (John) Singer of Newark, DE, Susan (Ted) Baier of Durand and Stephen (Anna) of Rapid City, MI, 14 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one brother; Garrett “Jerry” Jr. (Kathy) Auth of Inver Grove Heights, MN, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Leon, three infant children; Mary Sharon, Robert and Garret.

Memorial Mass will be 10:30AM Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand with Rev. Paul Bosco officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00PM – 7:00PM Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Sharon. She was a lovely lady to talk to at the Library. She would bring in bags of books every other month to us as a donation. We will miss her dearly.

  2. Jane

    Dear Sue and Prissel family,

    My sincere sympathy to you all. I am honored to have known your dear Mom both personally and professionally. A fellow nurse who will always be fondly remembered.

    Love, Jane

  3. Mary Pittman

    Sharon was an awesome lady who will be missed by all. She treated everyone with respect and compassion. It was an honor to know her all my life. Her family in in my prayers. RIP Sharon

  4. Diane (Fedie) Pierre

    Dear Lee, Paul and the rest of the Prissel family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a sweet soul. You will be in my prayers.

    I send love and hugs,

  5. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our sympathy to the Prissel family. Sharon was a wonderful person, loved by manytory

  6. Kathy Lieffring

    I always enjoyed seeing & talking with Sharon. She was an asset to the community and will be missed.

  7. Judy and John Parr

    She was a wonderful person sorry to hear your loss hugs to all

  8. Stephen Prissel

    Please accept my sympathy on the passing of Sharon. 81 is still too young. Fond memories of knowing Leon and Sharon.

  9. Margie Traun

    So sorry to read this
    RIP Sharon

  10. Lee & Char Anderson

    Our thoughts go out to the entire family during this difficult time. Sharon was a great person that I enjoyed working with while I worked for Pepin County. She did a great job and had a passion for her work. She will be missed. Lee & Char

  11. Ruth Bechel

    Sorry for your loss, Jamie we are here for ya. Ruthie & Mike BECHEL

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