Sharon (Feist) Maychrzak, 78

Sharon Maychrzak, 78, of Bowman passed away on Feb. 10, 2017 at the West River Medical Center in Hettinger.

Mass of Christian Burial for Sharon was on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. The Rev. David Morman celebrated the Mass with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. There was a Rosary and Vigil Service on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the St. Charles Catholic Church beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the church.

Sharon Rita Feist was born on Feb. 23, 1938. She was raised in a one-room farmhouse on the family farm near Ludlow, South Dakota. She was the second oldest child and oldest daughter born to Merwin and Camilla Feist (Conniff). She and her five siblings were taught the value of a honest day’s work and the importance of getting a good education. Sharon began her education in a one-room schoolhouse at Cox School. She attended class with students from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and that’s where her passion for education began. Sharon would later attend Bowman High School and graduate in the spring of 1956.

After graduating high school, Sharon would attend Black Hills Teacher’s College and earn her two-year degree on May 28, 1958. Upon acquiring her teaching degree, she would later teach at Mud Butte School and in Baker, Mont. While educating others in the community, Sharon also continued to further her own education. On July 11, 1969 she received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Black Hill State College.

On May 20, 1972 Sharon married the love of her life, Jerome Maychrzak. They would reside on the Maychrzak family farm for the next 22 years before moving to Bowman. During those precious years Sharon and Jerome raised their 3 children Natalie, Neal and Nolan. Sharon ended her teaching career to focus on raising children and helping Jerome on the farm. She took pride in being a loving wife and nurturing mother. She enjoyed raising chickens and would earn a little extra spending money by selling eggs. She nursed many sick animals back to health, including many stray kittens that her children brought to her. Among her greatest loves were her grandchildren Alyssa, Austin, Harlow and Lawson. She enjoyed listening to Elvis and music in general. She took great pride in tending to her houseplants.

Sharon dedicated much of her life to nurturing and caring for her family. She made many sacrifices and often put the needs of her loved ones above her own. She was much more than a loving wife and nurturing mother, she was a kind and gentle soul who seemingly knew all the right words to say and the exact manner in which to deliver them. She had an unwavering faith in our Lord and Savior, a faith that she instilled in the lives of her children. Even as her body began to fail her, the love and faith in her heart remained strong.

Sharon is survived by her husband Jerome Maychrzak of Bowman; daughter Natalie Maychrzak of Bismarck; son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Faye Maychrzak of Manchester, Tenn.; granddaughter Alyssa Maychrzak; grandson Austin Maychrzak; son and daughter-in-law, Nolan and Tara Maychrzak of Manchester, Tenn.; granddaughter Harlow Maychrzak; grandson Lawson Maychrzak, brothers, Darrell (Karen) Feist, Randy (Carol) Feist, sisters, Karen (Wayne) Miller, Beverly Vatne, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Merwin and Camilla Feist, brother Reginald Feist and sister-in-law Irene Feist.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services of Bowman is in charge of the arrangements.