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Sharon Leah (O'Leary) Diver

Sharon Leah (O'Leary) Diver, 70, of Cloquet, Minn., passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at home. She was born Feb. 28, 1938, to Kenneth and Gertrude Poynter in Silverdale, Minn. Sharon was raised by her mother and loving stepfather, George Teska...

Sharon Leah (O'Leary) Diver, 70, of Cloquet, Minn., passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at home. She was born Feb. 28, 1938, to Kenneth and Gertrude Poynter in Silverdale, Minn. Sharon was raised by her mother and loving stepfather, George Teska, near Nett Lake, Minn. For much of Sharon's life she was a homemaker and loving mother to her nine children. Sharon also worked as a blackjack dealer and floor supervisor for Black Bear Casino from 1992 until 1997, where she made many friends and was affectionately known as "Ma" to all her co-workers.

When she was a young girl growing up in the north woods, Sharon loved to fish and hunt with her brothers, and go berry picking with her mother and sisters. Throughout much of her life she enjoyed these activities with her children. Later in life Sharon enjoyed playing cards, going to casinos, playing bingo and, most of all, spending precious time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Joyce Moulds and Patricia Rasmussen; one brother, Samuel Poynter; her eldest son, Donald Lee O'Leary; and grandson, Shane Arden O'Leary.

Sharon is survived by her children, Thomas (Kristina) O'Leary of Sturgeon Lake, Minn., Marty (Michelle) O'Leary of Cloquet, Shawn (Jerry) Dufault of Cloquet, Susan (Leonard Defoe) O'Leary of Sawyer, Jacqueline (Troy Johnson) Koski of Eveleth, Patrick O'Leary of Cloquet, Daniel (Sue) O'Leary of Carlton and Timothy O'Leary of Cloquet; one sister, Jean (Bill) Kane of Arden Hills, Minn.; three brothers, Reuben "Arkie" Poynter of Rhode Island, George (Darlene) Teska of Mountain Iron, Minn., and David Teska of Cook, Minn.; one aunt, Phyllis Tufvander of Little Fork, Minn.; close friend, Diane Coning of Esko, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 12th Street and Doddridge Avenue, Cloquet.

January 22, 2009 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.

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