Joyce Nadine Sharer, 87, of Springfield, formerly of Rochester, departed from this world on Friday, July 30, 2021 to be with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. Joyce was born on May 31, 1934, in Owensboro, Kentucky to Orville and Olive (Kirk) Atkinson.
She was a devoted wife, mom and grandma. She had many interests and talents. Joyce was formerly employed at the Illinois State Museum & Rochester Schools. She was also an antique dealer for many years.
She is survived by her husband Gerald who has loved her for over 65 years. Children, Vicki Sharer, of Bulpitt, Beth (Thomas) Cashen of Pawnee, Jennifer Noel of Kincaid, Steven (Angela) Sharer of Pawnee and Kristin Sharer of Bullpitt; all who adored her. Each of her grandchildren, Thomas (Brandi) Cashen Jr., Corey (Agnes) Cashen, Matthew (Marcia) Jones, Lindan Noel, Morgan (Clint) LeMar, Austin and Rachel Sharer all held a special place in her heart. Great grandchildren, Reese and Audrey Cashen, McKenna and Laykin Jones, Casen LeMar have brought further joy and two additional granddaughters are due shortly. Sisters, Anna Sutherlin, Phyllis Rickard, Sharon Houston and Milbra Howe and brothers, Orville & Kirk Atkinson; she was a proud big sister. She also had many nieces, nephews and friends.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; baby sister, Mary Christine; granddaughter Angela Cashen; brother in law, Ernest Sutherlin, Dave Rickard, Steve Howe and son in law Mike Noel.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St. in Rochester from 4:30PM - 6:30PM. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home at 11:00AM with burial to follow at Rochester Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Rochester First Baptist Church or to a charity of your choice. To best honor Joyce, be kind to each other and remember to laugh and sing.
Live Steaming of the services will take place on Facebook on the Ellinger-Kunz and Park Funeral Home Page, https://www.facebook.com/ellingerkunzandparkfuneralhome
Streaming services will be streaming 10 minutes before the funeral services on Wednesday.
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