September 29, 1938 – July 11, 2022
COLFAX – Lord Sharon Kissinger, 83, of Colfax, called home at 4:30 p.m. on July 11, 2022. Sharon passed the home where her family is raising, surrounded by her three sons.
The funeral will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2022, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in the Colfax countryside. Marcia Buchs will chair the session. Burial will take place at the Cemetery of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Colfax, and visitation will take place from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, July 17, 2022, at Duffy- Pils Memorial Home, Colfax and one hour prior to the Monday service at the church.
The memorial can be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Sharon was born on September 29, 1938 in Lexington, Illinois, the daughter of Joss and Sophie (Dringenberg) Peterberg. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald (Jerry) Kissinger on December 9, 1956, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lexington, Illinois. Jerry lost to cancer on March 8, 2014.
Sharon is survived by her three sons: Gary Kissinger of Colfax, David Kissinger of Lexington, and Mark (Elizabeth) Kissinger of Colfax. her grandson, Brandon Kissinger; Jane (Pat) Peterberg’s brother; her cousin, Phyllis Guyers; And three daughters: Debra (Michael) Brophy, Lisa (Steve) Molesb and Judy (Walt) Christensen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, friend and sister, Linda Marx.
Sharon grew up on a farm in rural Lexington, and her fondest memories are as a child working alongside her father on their family farm, tending livestock and learning to canning fruits and vegetables and cooking with her mother. Sharon graduated from Lexington High School in 1956, receiving the American Legion School Award for Honor, Courage, Leadership, and Service.
She was a loyal mother. She was a Walker Mother to a Scout for ten years, creating many memories with her husband and three sons. The family also enjoyed taking trips westward to explore old western towns and national parks. Sharon never missed an opportunity to take a trip to Branson, Missouri, to attend some country music performances and to show her husband and sons how trout are caught in Lake Tanicomo.
While raising her family, Sharon worked as a CNA for many years at Octavia Manor in Colfax, Illinois. Because of her dedication to serving the residents, the manor encouraged Sharon to continue her education. She attended Kankakee College of Nursing, graduating on December 19, 1978, as a Licensed Practical Nurse, with Honors from Phi Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, National Junior College Honor Society.
Sharon returned to Octavia Manor as an LPN and stayed with them during the move to Heritage Manor. For 35 years, the nursing home was Sharon’s second home. She was a devoted nurse making sure that no one on her watch received anything but the best care.
Sharon has had many hobbies over the years, but none have brought her so much joy as tending the many flower gardens and the large vegetable garden that she was working with her family. Canning vegetables was a pleasure to see her family enjoying the fruits of her labour. She loved to cook a big family meal and no one could resist apple pie, strawberry jam and fried chicken.
She never missed an opportunity to go with Jerry on a treasure hunt to add to her extensive collection of Evenings in Paris.
Sharon cherished her time with her mother, they were the best of friends. Sophie joined the family on the holidays and they never missed an opportunity to spend a few hours shopping and having lunch together.
Animals were a very important part of Sharon’s life, she created a loving home for her cats, Thieves, Princess, Sassy, Marmalade and Patches and enjoyed the frequent visits of her companion Jesse, her son’s great chocolate lab.
Her spiritual life guided her through everything she did. She was a longtime loyal member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. I have enjoyed teaching Sunday School there for many years. One of her greatest memories was helping to make the chrismas that were used to decorate Christmas trees in the church many years ago. The Sharon family has brought her peace and companionship over the years.
In her later years, Sharon enjoyed Monday morning coffee with her friends at the coffee club and monthly breakfasts with her high school classmates. The friendship and support she received from her friends and colleagues brought great comfort, helping her fill the void after losing Jerry to cancer in 2014.
When we say goodbye to our dear mother, we must remember that she taught us to never take anything for granted, to always put family first and to be grateful every day because you never know what tomorrow might bring.
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