CHARLESTON, IL – Sharon Rose Stretch, age 86 of Charleston, entered her Heavenly Home on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Sharon’s family will celebrate her life with a privately held visitation and funeral service at Adams Funeral Chapel with Pastor Norman Stark officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery, Charleston. Memorials in her honor may be made to Charleston Bible Church and mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Sharon was born April 12, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a daughter of the late Emmett and Gladys (Kraemer) Harte. She was a graduate of York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois and furthered her education at Wheaton College and West Suburban School of Nursing. Sharon retired from Elmhurst Memorial Hospital where she was employed for many years as a Registered Nurse.
Sharon and Harold Stretch were married on April 8, 1956. They celebrated 38 years of marriage prior to his death on September 24, 1994. She is survived by their five children, Dan Stretch of Ashmore, Illinois, Dawn Bruchan and husband Dave of Frisco, Texas, Debbie Marunde and husband Dan of Woodstock, Illinois, Karen Neradt and husband Kurt of Bloomingdale, Illinois and Pattie Ream and husband Patrick of Wentzville, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters and their families, Marilyn Henderson of Indiana and Janice (James) Harness of Rockford, Illinois.
Sharon was a woman of faith and actively involved as a member of Charleston Bible Church. Sharon’s artistic ability was displayed through her painting, and her beautiful flower beds confirmed her love for flower gardening. She was also an avid reader. Sharon enjoyed being with friends and family and her pleasant sense of humor always provided for good company. She was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother and could always be counted on, not only for help but for words of encouragement as well. Memories of Sharon will be those of many happy and loving times shared.
A privately held funeral service, celebrating the life of Sharon Stretch was held at 11:30 a.m.. on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston with Pastor Norman Stark officiating. Musical selections included "It Is Well With My Soul", "How Great Thou Art" and "I'll Fly Away". Burial followed in Mound Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Patrick Ream, Kyle Ream, Cameron Ream, Clayton Ream, Dan Marunde, Jr. and Joshua Marunde.
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