Sharon L. (Fessler) Thompson (1943 - 2013)

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Family and friends are invited to celebration of life services for Sharon L. Thompson, 69, of Loda, at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, at the Evangelical Covenant Church of Paxton, 260 S. Union St., Paxton.
The services will be officiated by the Rev. Craig Pinley. Immediately following the services will be a potluck lunch and private interment at Old Stonington Cemetery in Taylorville.
People may remember Sharon with a donation to the Covenant Church of Paxton or the Community Service Center, 520 E. Wabash Ave., Suite 1, Rantoul, Ill. 61866.
Sharon's family would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive after Sharon's unexpected passing and for the thoughts and prayers for her husband, Ray Thompson, and his continued recovery.
Mrs. Thompson died on the evening of Monday, March 18, 2013, near Hornell, N.Y., as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in a snowstorm.
Sharon was born in Evergreen Park on Oct. 8, 1943, the daughter of Raymond and Loretta (Murdock) Fessler. She married Raymond E. Thompson on Oct. 1, 1992, at Beecher. The couple resided at Lake Iroquois in Loda for about 15 years.
Sharon resided in Illinois most of her life, but lived in Lindley, N.Y., from 1985-90. She was most recently employed at the Community Service Center of Northern Champaign in Rantoul, helping those in need. She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Paxton.
Mrs. Thompson was an active participant on many non-profit boards and volunteered in her community. She was a caregiver and most recently helped to establish a food pantry in Paxton. She collected salt and pepper shakers for many years, which helped a museum collection in Iowa. She also collected old Mason jars and washboards. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, reading, gardening and playing cards, especially solitaire.
Surviving are her husband, Raymond E. Thompson; two daughters, Christine (DeYoung) Mancini and Susan (Bob) Hall, both of Painted Post, N.Y.; one son, Robert (Rachel Wood) DeYoung Jr. of Bath, N.Y.; two stepsons, Raymond S. Thompson and Brian P. (Caryn) Thompson of Homewood; a sister, Nancy (Ken) Lopez of Tinley Park; and a brother, Raymond (Joyce) Fessler of Tinley Park; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Published in The Leader-Union from May 22 to May 29, 2013