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January 24, 2020

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Memorial service for Sharon Murray Jan. 9 in Rochester

Sharon Murray, 74 of Rochester died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Sharon Elizabeth Rose Murray was born Aug. 28,1945 in Rochester to William and Wanda (Brown) Murray.
Sharon graduated from John Marshall High School in 1963, and was then united in marriage to Donovan Gray on July 13, 1963. The couple lived in Stewartville and later divorced in 1979. Together they had four children.
Sharon had a 30-year career with IBM, retiring in 1996. At IBM she worked in marketing for the AS/400. After her retirement, she worked for Common User Group. She also worked for Chicos in Rochester and helped care for her grandchildren in Wisconsin.
She married Daniel Gronli on July 9, 2005.
Sharon enjoyed music, dancing, dining out, travel, golfing, and spending time with her family. She loved to spend time relaxing on the porch, laughing, and eating ice cream. She was known to her children as a neat freak, a perfectionist, a good listener, and the person who gave them wings. To her grandchildren, she was Grammy, the person who gave them tickles, ice cream, and lots of love.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Daniel Gronli of Rochester; her children, Melissa (Dale) Gervasi of Barneveld, Wis., Ryan (Jennifer) Gray of Mantorville, James (Nikki) Gray of Rochester and Justin Gray of Rochester; seven grandchildren, and four great-granchildren. She is also survived by two stepsons, Patrick (Kelly) Gronli of Portland, Ore. and Gabriel Gronli of Brooklyn, NY, and two step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a stillborn sister, and a stepson.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 7th Ave SE in Rochester. The visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Murray family. To share a special memory of condolence, please visit

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