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Sharon Koeniguer

June 4, 1941 - November 26, 2021

Service Date: January 15, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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Sharon Kay Koeniguer, 80, passed away peacefully at home in West Des Moines IA, surrounded by her loving family on November 26, 2021. Sharon was born June 4, 1941, in Waubay, South Dakota to the late Raymond and Bernice (Lauseng) Richardt. She graduated from Waubay High School in 1959.

Sharon was first and foremost a loving mother who raised four accomplished children, Joel, Mark, Renee (late) and Michelle.   Her South Dakota farming roots instilled a strong work ethic, authenticity, and appreciation for life rarely seen today. She loved fishing, camping, and boating with friends and family. Sharon loved shopping, dancing and would challenge anyone to a game of cards. She had a quick wit and always loved to joke, prank, and share in a good laugh. Sharon was great at “holding court” to ensure everyone was always ‘on point’ regardless of where they were in the world. She was adored by her friends who appreciated her spontaneity, humor, and general craziness. They also knew they could always trust Sharon to truly be there for them through the ups and downs in life. Sharon struggled with addiction throughout her life, but from this addiction and subsequent sobriety may have come her greatest strength, compassion. She used this strength to mentor, support, and lead individuals through the difficult path forward from addiction. Through this she gained the respect and admiration of many while embracing new friendships, and her love for God.

She is survived by Joel (Ann), Cole and Cameron Koeniguer of Kansas City, MO; Mark (Nancy), Grant (Elizabeth) and Nicole Koeniguer of Nashville, TN; Michelle (Wade), Kayleen Hansen (Sawyer), and Caleb Herrick of West Des Moines, IA; and her two sisters Bonnie (Rick) Struss of Watertown, SD, and Brenda Richardt of Waubay, SD. She is also survived by the beautiful grandchildren of late Renee Koeniguer Law, Jessica and Sierra Law and great grandchildren, Rylan and Jaxson Marchino.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  Revelation 21

A celebration of life will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope at 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266 on January 15, 2022 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Unity Point Hospice Des Moines.

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