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Sharon Gerber

November 14, 2018

Sharon Gerber, 82, of Martinton, passed away Saturday (Nov. 10, 2018).

She was born July 21, 1936, in Belmont Township in a farm house, the daughter of Mearl Eckstein and Florence (Leveque) Eckstein.

Sharon married Robert Gerber on Oct. 13, 1956, at First Presbyterian Church in Watseka. He preceded her in death April 11, 2014.

Mrs. Gerber ran a licensed day care from home from 1983 until 2016. She sang in the Watseka Cantata from 1988 until 2016, worked at Radio Condensor/TRW for 10 years, Watseka McDonald’s for nine years, sang in Prairie Singers for five years and worked at Hardee’s for four years. She was a member of the Donovan Church of Christ, where she taught Sunday school for 29 years, was youth group assistant for six years, first woman to serve communion in the church, on the church board as a treasurer for 26 years, song leader for the last five years until the church closed and then sold in October 2011. She later became a member of the Methodist Church of Christ, Donovan. Sharon also was a member of the Tender Loving Karegiver of Our Young Day Care, Watseka Day Care Association and Watseka “Share” Program. Her hobbies included doing word books, reading, being outside, working with children, being with family and friends, baking, canning, gardening and playing the organ.

Surviving are sons, Daniel (Diane) Gerber, of Manteno, Joseph (Penny) Gerber, of Watseka, and retired Captain Steven (Jenny) Gerber, of Waverly, Tenn.; daughter, Susan Gerber, of Watseka; sister-in-law, Jean Yates, of Watseka; sister, Nancy Leach, of Fresno, Calif.; grandchildren, Scott Neff, of Watseka, Shawn (Alyssa Hanford) Neff, of Lafayette, Ind., Stephanie and Sydney Gerber, of Louisville, Ky.; step-grandchildren, Wesley and Cobie Turpin, of Waverly, Keisha Winding, of Mansfield, Texas, Jeremy (Kim) Aldridge, of Bradley, and Aaron Farley, of Manteno; great-grandchildren, Scott Neff, of Watseka, and Brooke Neff, of Lafayette; step-great-grandchildren, Clayton, Ayden, Skyler, Ryder and Lilly Aldridge, of Bradley; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Beverly Eckstein; brother-in-law, Jerry Leach; and twin nephews, Ricky and Richard Ritter.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. An additional time for visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, until the 11 a.m. funeral service, also at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Sabo officiating. Burial will be in Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery, Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please sign her online guestbook at baierfuneralhome.com.

(Pd)

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