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Sharon Kaye Yttri Obituary

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Sharon Kaye Yttri

Viroqua, WI

August 3, 1951 - February 11, 2024

Sharon Kaye Yttri Obituary

Sharon Kaye (Johnson) Yttri, age 72, of Retreat (De Soto), WI, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024, following a lifetime of sharing love and kindness. As a strong believer in the Golden Rule, Sharon’s compassion for others was inspiring as she lived her life believing the best way to make good friends was by being one. She was born on August 3, 1951 the daughter of Henry and Mildred “Jerry” (Hammond) Johnson. As a child, there wasn’t really a time when Sharon didn’t know Jerry W. Yttri; they met when she was three months old and grew up together. When they were little, Jerry said he was going to marry Sharon and they fulfilled that promise at their wedding on October 23, 1971. Her family was a constant source of joy in her life, and throughout their years together, Sharon and Jerry raised a family and spent many a happy time in their band, The Tailfeathers, with other family members, where she sang and played guitar. Sharon lived in several places throughout her life, but always called the De Soto area home. Over the years she often said, you’re never fully dressed without a smile, and it was Sharon’s positive attitude that helped her face life’s trials and tribulations with graceful patience. She was quick to count her blessings and determined to make her smile an umbrella in whatever storm came her way. As she told people, if it weren’t for the rain in our lives we wouldn’t appreciate the sunshine, and every now and then there’s a rainbow. Sharon was passionate about helping people and followed the JOY rule: “Jesus first, others second, yourself last.” Whether it was volunteering, attending rummage sales, thrift shopping, or bringing music to nursing homes, Sharon devoted herself to the service of others as a way to pay it forward for the blessings she enjoyed. Sharon helped others whenever she could, living a life of purpose and always trying to do right. She taught her family, and those like family, to be honest and dependable by saying “your word is your honor – if you can’t keep your word, tell a person why by calling or writing them.” One of those greatest blessings of her life was her family, and she never missed a chance to tell them, “I’ve loved you all of your days: all of your yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows.” Blessed be her memory.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry W. Yttri; three children: Valynne (Mike Liek) Yttri, Kiley Yttri, and Jayson Yttri; nine grandchildren: Ben, Jakob, Emma, Noah, Elijah, Chandler, Juniper, Alder, and Brianna; three cherished great-grandchildren: Avion, Bentley, and Stevie Jane; four siblings: Bob Johnson, Rick (Kay) Johnson, Bill (Vicky) Johnson, and Valerie Springborn; and many nieces, nephews, and friends who were like family to her.

In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by her siblings: Laurel Diane (Johnson) Coleman, Eloda Marie (Johnson) Frisby, and Thomas James Johnson; a brother-in-law, Roger Springborn Sr.; a niece, Sandy Coleman; and a great-niece, Amanda Hickok.

In keeping with her wishes, there will not be any formal funeral services at this time. A celebration of Sharon’s life will be at a future date. Thorson-Popp Funeral and Cremation Services in Viroqua is entrusted with her care.

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