Sharon Rita Braate

August 2, 1938February 15, 2021

Sharon Rita Braate, age 82, went to be with her Lord on Monday, February 15, 2021. Sharon was preceded in death by her son, David Anthony Braate; parents Henry and Leona Farrell; siblings Ken (Phyllis) Farrell, Shirley (Dick) Kulfan, Arlyn (Paul) Madura, and Don Farrell. She will be remembered by her husband, Raymond Braate; children Barbara (David) Blakely, Phil (Kelli) Braate, and Eric Braate (Huy Nguyen); grandchildren Jessica English, Elizabeth English, Kendall Braate, and Connor Braate; siblings Janet Farrell and Geary (Darlene) Farrell; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Sharon was her family’s heart and soul. Her family was everything to her — a life’s work that she fostered tirelessly. She had a strong, unrelenting religious faith that carried her through life’s ups and downs. She also had an uncanny ability to burn garlic toast to a crisp every time she made it. So, no, she wasn’t perfect. Nobody is. But she was perfectly beautiful to those who knew and loved her. She is irreplaceable and will be missed by all.

Sharon’s celebration of life and funeral service details: Saturday, February 20, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 9408 Wilson Ave. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315; Visitation 10-11 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. To honor Sharon, contributions may be made to the Spectrum Health Hospice & Palliative Care or St. Sebastian Catholic Church. She will lie in perpetuity next to her son at Resurrection Cemetery. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Spectrum Health Hospice & Palliative Care
  • St. Sebastian Catholic Church


  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, February 20, 2021


Sharon Rita Braate

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Gerard Salatka

February 21, 2021

Ray, I pray that your memories of Sharon will bring you comfort in this time of loss and sadness. I know that your family is strong and will be of comfort as Sharon passes on to her final resting place.

David VanderWall

February 21, 2021

Ray and family; Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear wife and mother.

Dave & Marty VanderWall Bonita Springs, FL

Barb Madura

February 16, 2021

Aunt Sharon love to entertain at her house and when she had a pool and at the cottage. She loved to laugh and I seem to make her do that. I have wonderful memories of her having wedding showers and baby showers with a ton of food. Always had a smile! Heaven truly gained an angel. XOXO.

Don & Sue Cooley

February 15, 2021

Ray and Kids. Our dearest sympathy and thoughts for you all. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this trying time. Wishing you comfort and peace with Gods will. God bless all of you.
Don & Sue Cooley