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Sharon "Sheri" L. Bitzan – Obituary

Name: Sharon "Sheri" L. Bitzan

Age: 74

Born: 09-29-1947

Died: 02-02-2022

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Joy Christian Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Funeral Services for Sharon “Sheri” L. Bitzan, 74 of Avon, MN will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022 at Joy Christian Center in Saint Cloud. Pastor Jeff Manthe will officiate. Immediately following the ceremony will be a “lunch party” at Park Event Center in Waite Park. Entombment will be at Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum in Saint Cloud.

Visitation will be held between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 6 at Daniel Funeral Home in Saint Cloud and one hour prior to services on Monday at the Church.

Sheri passed away peacefully with her husband Mike by her side at the Saint Cloud Hospital just after midnight on February 2, 2022, after spending the whole previous day surrounded by her family.  

Sheri was born on September 29,1947 to Wally and Virgie Collins in Saint Cloud.  Sheri graduated from Saint Cloud Beauty College in 1967, and went on to have a successful career in Cosmetology, including owning and operating two beauty shops in Saint Cloud until her retirement.

Sheri married her loving husband Mike on November 8, 1974 in Saint Cloud.  Mike adopted Sheri’s daughter Angie, and together they adopted their son Christian from Paraguay, South America in 1987.   Another failed adoption of a little girl named Carmen led Sheri to travel to Paraguay in a quest to help the poor children of Paraguay. Out of this quest was born “The Project for the People of Paraguay”, a non profit organization that has built 45 homes for families who formerly lived in the slums of the capital city Assuncion.  The project also has over 200 sponsored children who are provided medical, dental, psychological services along with tuition and school supplies and emergency food during the pandemic. The project has many other programs to help the families help themselves.  Sheri said God meant her to be “Mother to many” rather than just to one.

Sheri loved spending time with her family which included her husband, daughter, son, son in law, and four grandchildren. Days at the lake with family were the best times of all. She loved her many friends in Minnesota, in Florida at Mike and Sheri’s condo in Bradenton, and around the world, especially in Paraguay.  She and Mike loved to golf together, and with friends in both Minnesota and Florida.  Sheri was an accomplished gardener as is evidenced by the multiple flower gardens surrounding the Bitzan home on Upper Spunk Lake.

But the most important love in Sheri’s life was God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son.  She got up early every morning to read her Bible, write reflections on that reading, and pray for her family and hundreds of friends.  One of the many things we treasure is that dog eared written upon Bible, and all the reflections that she wrote.  She was a woman who truly lived her life in service of the Lord.  Anyone who came in contact with her was better for the experience!

Sheri is survived by her loving family; husband Mike, children Angie Cooper (Tony), and Chris; grandchildren Lex, Lauren, and Liam Cooper, and Brielle Bitzan. She is also survived by her sisters; Deb Schaaf (Jim), and Terri Hale (Jeff).She is also survived by her father-in-law, Donald J. Bitzan. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Daniel, and mother in law Patricia.

The family wants to thank the doctors and nurses at Melrose hospital, and the ICU team of doctors and nurses at Saint Cloud hospital. We will forever be grateful for your competent and compassionate care for Sheri.

Memorials can be made to “The Project for the People of Paraguay”.

Guestbook for Sharon "Sheri" L. Bitzan

Johanne Woodall
, Donor to PPP
February 19, 2022, 7:27 pm
Dear Mike, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Sheri was an inspiration to me. Her letters to PPP supporters were filled with the bright light she received from being a believer of Jesus. I find comfort in the thought that Sheri is a sister in Christ and that one day I will get to meet her in heaven. Until then, I will pray for God to comfort you knowing that Sheri is now with The One who was the motivation behind her kindness, generosity, and love for people around her. May God bless and comfort you, Johanne Woodall
Ron & Jean Cooper
, Friend
February 5, 2022, 11:49 pm
Condolences to Mike and his and Sheri’s family. We will miss Sheri dearly and all the fun times we had in Florida. Sheri was truly a beautiful person inside and out!
Shelly Jarnot
, friend
February 5, 2022, 10:48 pm
Dear Mike, Angie, and Chris, our hearts are broken thinking about your loss. Sheri will go down in our memories as a dynamic, fun, and love-filled friend. Over the years, through laughter and tears, she steadfastly remained the most authentic person one could imagine. We love you, and are carrying you in our hearts. Wish we could be there for the service.
Laurie Glass
, PPP donor
February 5, 2022, 9:50 pm
I was saddened to hear of Sheri's passing. I never met her but talked with her a number of times about PPP. I too have a child adopted from PY and we have sponsored a number of children over the years. I always admired her dedication to the families of Paraguay, and the hard work of her and the staff to keep things going.
Steve & Patty Domine
, Friend
February 5, 2022, 3:29 pm
Dear Mike, our prayers are with you and your entire family. Our memories of Sheri always include her class in everything, her dedication to others, and of course the compassion for her beloved PPP. Sheri has an unmatched and perpetual legacy that many desire, but few achieve. Sheri is a true hero. Simply said, she did it right!
Donna M. Reulbach
, Friend /PPP supporter
February 5, 2022, 3:12 pm
Sheri has had a tremendous impact on the children and families in Paraguay! She will always be remembered for her work to help improve the lives of children,women and elders in Asuncion. She was a warm, loving and kind woman who will be missed by many!
Mark and Johanna Waltz
, Friend and supporter of PPP
February 4, 2022, 8:15 pm
Dear Mike, Angie and Christian, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We had been praying for Sheri's recovery. You are in our prayers and we pray that you are comforted by the Lord's love and presence. We met Sheri in Paraguay through our dear friend Sue Givens, Sue and we started New Horizons School and the"Project" helped us funnel scholarships to Paraguay for student in New Horizon School and for some graduates going on to college, Sheri was such a joy to know! We are sending a gift in her honor to the Project for the People of Paraguay.
Willis Kleinjan
, Friend
February 4, 2022, 6:31 pm
My deepest sympathy Mike, Angie,Tony, Chris and Sheri's whole family. What a wonderful lady and I so enjoyed my conversations with her. Sheri had a way of making everyone feel welcome. We will miss her. As will the many families and children in Paraguay.
Shelley (Thoele) Anderson
, Former Sister in Law
February 4, 2022, 10:22 am
My deepest sympathy to Mike, Angie, Christian, Tony, Lex, Liam, Lauren and Sheri’s whole family. Everyone knows how generous and kind Sheri was and she had a wonderful sense of humor. We shared many a laugh together. You will be missed, young lady!!
Vicki (Pogatchnik) Dibler
, Friend
February 4, 2022, 2:16 am
Sheri was one of the most kind hearted, generous and sweet people I have ever known. I will always treasure my childhood memories with Sheri, my wedding day when she did my hair and most recently her and Mike hosting 4th of July celebrations at the lake. My sincere condolences to Mike, Angie, Chris and the entire family. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.
Lester Engel
, Friend
February 3, 2022, 9:50 pm
Such a sad loss. Sheri was one of the most caring and generous people that I have ever known. My condolences to the Bitzan family.
Shelly & David Snelling
February 3, 2022, 9:38 pm
Sheri - thank you for your kindness and love through the years. We love and will miss you.
Susan Solomon
, Friend
February 3, 2022, 9:08 pm
I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of Sheri’s passing. We shared a unique connection, the experience of adoption in Paraguay, and a love for the people of that country. She was an amazing woman of faith and a blessing to so many lives. She will be deeply blessed.
Mike Nies
February 3, 2022, 4:37 pm
It is with great sorrow, that I learned of Sheri's passing. My deepest condolences to Mike and all of his family!
Roger and Sandi Collins
, Uncle and Aunt
February 3, 2022, 3:45 pm
Our Lord is welcoming you, our beautiful niece, with open arms. We will miss your beautiful smile and your loving, generous heart. Be at rest now, knowing that you have made a big difference in all the lives you touched.
Angie Cooper
, Daughter
February 3, 2022, 3:03 pm
We love you and miss you Mom. We look forward to the day we will be reunited in heaven. Thank you Jesus for giving us the precious gift of eternal life!

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