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Sharon M. (Schmidt) Cerne
July 26, 1947 ~ August 31, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Sharon “Shari” M. Cerne, age 76, of Waupaca, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023 surrounded by
family. She was born in Milwaukee on July 26, 1947 to the late Edwin Schmidt and Majorie
(Hegeman-Schmidt) Abendroth. On January 16, 1971 she married the love of her life Stan Cerne, with
him preceding her in death on October 3, 2004. Shari went to the Teacher’s College in Union Grove,
received her Bachelors of Education from UW-Parkside as well as her Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s
University. She was an elementary school teacher for many years, retiring from the Waupaca School
District in 2011. In retirement she volunteered for ThedaCare at Home Hospice and Hospital Auxiliary,
and Creative Caring Hearts. She also worked at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, making some
special relationships with the members she worked with. She was an avid reader and belonged to several
local book clubs. She loved sewing, quilting and knitting, along with listening to the Beatles, Sir Paul
McCartney, and Sir Rod Stewart. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Waupaca. Shari
enjoyed traveling, but her most treasured pastime was spending time with her beloved grandchildren,
children, family and friends.
Shari will be sadly missed by her children: Karen Cerne and Steve (Liz) Cerne; grandchildren: Sebastian,
Zander and Griffin; brother: Rick (Marlene) Schmidt, sister: Tani Hein; brother and sister-in-law: Louie
and Stephanie Cerne; and her dogs: Yoda and Marco. Shari is further survived by nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends. Shari was preceded in death by her husband Stan, parents Edwin Schmidt, and
Marjorie and Grey Abendroth. In addition she was also preceded in death by her granddaughter,
The Memorial Service will be on Friday, September 15, 2023 at 1 p.m. at the Maple Crest Funeral Home
of Waupaca. The visitation will be on Friday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the
service. A memorial has been established.