Sharon Kay (Valgamore) Gregorich was born August 22, 1957 to Henry and Lorraine (Laubach)
Valgamore. On August 28, 2022, after a brief yet valiant bout with cancer, Sharon passed with her
husband, Brian, and daughter, Holly, by her side. She found comfort in her final days, playing cards,
reminiscing, praying, and laughing with loved ones.
Born just before noon, Sharon joked that had it been midnight, she would have had her own birthday
and been a day older than her twin sister. Sharon grew up near Springdale, MT, exploring outside among
the wildflowers, stealing away to pick raspberries for breakfast, helping out with chores, and dreaming
up plays with her sisters, Debbie, Jamie, and Karen, to put on for the Springdale ladies. Sharon enjoyed
writing poetry, reading, sketching, sewing, and was active in 4-H. She graduated from Park High in
Livingston in 1975.
In 1980, Sharon married Rod Chappell. They went on to welcome three daughters, Meggan, Holly, and
Sarah, and started an autobody business together. While this marriage was not to last, Sharon was a
proud mother who was very dedicated to supporting her daughters while they excelled in many sports
and extracurricular activities throughout their lives.
Sharon opened a new chapter in her life finding friendship and ultimately, the love of her life, Brian
Gregorich. In July 2003, the couple married. Sharon’s love grew as the family did, and she found more
little voices calling her ‘Grammy’ as a big, blended family became one of her most cherished blessings.
Sharon and Brian became great fishing partners throughout their time together, enjoying weeklong
trips to catch walleye and northern pike at Fort Peck. It was no secret that she was the top fisherman,
and outfishing the Gregorich guys was one of her favorite pastimes. Hawaii also held a special place in
Sharon’s heart with vacation memories from her and Brian’s trips to the islands, and a girls getaway
with her sisters, Karen and Jamie, and niece Lyndee.
Throughout her life Sharon loved spending time with her friends and family, gardening, hunting, fishing,
camping, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, and playing cards. Sharon loved working on various building
projects with Brian, and making memories with their 13 grandchildren. Sharon was a very bright, strong
woman who worked hard to give her family as many opportunities as possible. She was a 4-H leader, a
softball scorekeeper and she served on two mission trips. Sharon’s vast knowledge and administrative
expertise was invaluable and extended to many types of businesses from real estate to law to finance
to personal entrepreneurship.
Sharon and Brian left the Big Timber wind behind and moved to a quiet spot outside of Clyde Park with
their dog, Poppy, and horse, Roy. There they established and tended a large greenhouse and raised
chickens; and from their front porch they watched turkeys, deer, moose, and even had bears visit their
front door. They shared many adventures with their best friends, Dave and Mary Jo Laubach. Sharon
loved fresh vegetables from her garden and enjoyed harvesting and canning wild game. Sharon and
Brian teamed up to design and build beautiful custom woodworking gifts for their children and
Sharon defied all expectations of what the human form is capable of in her last days, and used her body
to its fullest in order to spend cherished time with her loved ones. In her final weeks Sharon still
believed in miracles and made peace in life and in death, knowing that God would take her right hand
and ease any fear. She shared gratitude for the little, sometimes serendipitous things - white horses,
shared verses, hand-drawn pictures, a kind word, a lone ponderosa, the perfect cold drink, a breath of
parachuting dandelion seeds, a nostalgic piece of piano music, or a passing butterfly. She continued to
be a source of strength, humor, caring, and light for her family until her last breath. In her fortitude, she
was the miracle, the gift to all who loved her. The profound grief that brought Sharon’s loved ones
together also forged diamonds that will forever reflect her spirit and remind us of all we have to be
grateful for by knowing her. She leaves us with the reminder that life is too short to take these precious
moments, and those whom we hold most dear, for granted.
Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Brian Gregorich; daughters, Meggan (Brandon) Cirrincione and
children, Emmitt and Hadley, Holly Chappell and children, Camden and Kaden, and Sarah (Sam) Schick,
and children, Ryder, Charlotte, and Sebastian; stepdaughters, Brooke Gregorich (Gary Hackworth), and
children, Kaitlynn and Delaney, and Bailey (Patrick) Mason, and children, Hunter, Marlee, Tenlee, and
Harlow; stepson, Brandon Gregorich; her parents, Henry and Lorraine (Laubach) Valgamore; sisters,
Karen (Lynn) Ward and Jamie Valgamore; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by
her sister, Debbie Graybeal, and grandparents Cecil and Eva Valgamore, and Andres and Martha
Honoring Sharon’s request, cremation will take place, and a small, private picnic and celebration of her
life will be held for close family and friends on “the perfect day when everyone can be together and the
grandkids can play outside.” In lieu of flowers, please send cards to P.O. Box 375, Clyde Park, MT 59018.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.