Sharon Lee Highlund

RAPID RIVER – Sharon Lee Highlund, 74, of 15115 U.S. 2 in Rapid River, Mich. (Isabella) passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 3, 1938 in Detroit, Mich., and was the daughter of Fred and Helen (Brickman) Gast. Sharon graduated from East Commerce High School in Detroit. The former Sharon Gast married James Highlund on May 23, 1959, in Detroit. In 1989 Sharon and Jim moved from Detroit to Isabella. Sharon was a true friend and confidante to many. She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Isabella and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. Her family was first and foremost to her and her number one priority.

Sharon Lee Highlund is survived by: husband, James; five children, Pete Highlund of Cooks, Patricia Highlund of Isabella, Paul (Lisa) Highlund of Harrison Township, Mich., Penny (Ronald) Neagos of St. Clair Shores, Mich., James Highlund Jr. of Isabella; 10 grandchildren, Monica, Brittany, Mandy, Jorden, Paulie, Jacob, Brandi, Melissa, Jackson and Matthew; brother, Fred (Carolyn) Gast of Sterling Heights, Mich.; sister, Alma Gast of Wisconsin; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Isabella. Funeral services celebrating the life of Sharon Lee Highlund will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev. David M. Hueter officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral service. Burial will take place in the Moss Lake Cemetery. The Anderson Funeral Homes of Gladstone and Escanaba are assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at