Sharon Rose Dailey (Kropp)
Sharon Rose Dailey (Kropp)
Sharon Rose Dailey (Kropp) of Park Rapids passed from death to eternal life on May 1, 2018 at the too early age of 73. Mom was born in Fried, ND on June 10, 1944 to Lawrence and Beulah Kropp. She was proud of her farm kid upbringing which instilled in her a strong work ethic, resiliency, and instinct to always lend a helping hand. She attended St Johns Academy in Jamestown, ND and went on to graduate from NDSU in Fargo, ND in 1965 with a degree in Mathematics, and belonged to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She spent the first years of her teaching career in Hopkins, MN. On February 17, 1968 she married John, her husband of 50 years. Mom was 15 when she met Dad and he asked her for what would be the first of many dances. He would tell you that she was the best thing that ever happened to him. We would wholeheartedly agree. They first lived in Walnut Grove, MN and later moved to Park Rapids in 1975 to raise their family.
Mom taught Math at PRAHS for 26 years, impacting countless students with her love of learning and teaching, many of whom would contact her through the years to tell her she was the best teacher they ever had. Mrs Dailey was known as a tough teacher but one who also cared about helping her students succeed. In addition to teaching, she coached girls gymnastics for several years. Mom "retired" in 2004 but continued to substitute teach and educate as a consultant for Texas Instruments until 2014. She never lost her love of learning. She was a longtime member of the both the Minnesota and the National Council Teachers of Mathematics, she has been a presenter for both. In 2004 she was selected as the National Radio Shack Teacher of the year for teaching with technology.
Her interests were many but she especially enjoyed gardening and planting her flowers every spring, golfing, kayaking in the mornings, arts and crafts of all kinds, spending time at the cabin, Facebooking, baking for her grandkids, and anything Christmas. Her very favorite thing, however, was her family and in particular her four grandchildren. After becoming a grandma, Mom's happy place was anywhere Tycho, Teryn, Tate and Finn were. They were her greatest joy in life and visits from Gramma always included gifts, fun activities, a pan of possibly the worlds best scotcharoos and plenty of hugs. We were all well loved by her.
Mom was a longtime parishioner at St, Peter's Catholic Church where she frequented daily Mass and spent countless hours in Adoration. She had a deep faith in God which was made evident in her ever hopeful outlook and caring spirit.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, John Kropp of Jamestown, ND. She leaves behind her husband of 50 years, John Dailey of Park Rapids; her favorite child Mary (Dailey) and Terry Falk of Des Moines, IA; her favorite child John Dailey and Tara Dailey of Prosper, TX; her cherished grandchildren Tycho Falk, Teryn Falk, Tate Falk and Finn Dailey. Her three brothers - Larry (Darlene) Kropp , Sr. of Jamestown, ND; Cliff (Mary Ellen) Kropp of Jamestown, ND; Don (Carol) Kropp of Andover, MN. Several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 14, 2018 in at the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids, MN. Interment was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Fried, ND . Friends may leave online condolences at ceasefuneralhome.com.
Memorials can be made to Moms favorite charity, Mercy House for Boys and Girls in Chicago, IL .
Mom was a bit of a talker, so I suppose it is fitting that this ran on a little. Whether it was a sad elderly lady in the produce section of the grocery store, her ICU nurse, a young mother with cancer, or a neighbor in need, Mom talked to them, she truly cared about their story and she prayed for them. She was an exceptional wife, mom, gramma, sis, auntie, dear friend and kind stranger to many and will be greatly missed by those with whom she shared her 73 well lived years.