Sharon A. Nelson, 71, of Herscher passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.  Sharon was born on July 30, 1949 in Kankakee; the daughter of Lawrence and Arlene (Shay) Severson.  Sharon married Larry Nelson on August 16, 1969 at Herscher United Methodist Church. 

 Sharon cared for many kids over the years in Herscher running a daycare out of her home; later she went on to work for CIGNA for 24 years until she retired in 2015.  She loved playing bridge, completing puzzles in books and on the computer to keep her mind sharp, watching Hallmark Movies and Gameshow Network, needlepoint creating all of her families Christmas stockings and blankets, but most of all she loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. 

Sharon is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Larry Nelson of Herscher, her 2 sons; Chad (Sheri Elzinga) Nelson and Kyle (Amanda) Nelson both of Herscher, her grandchildren Kade, Kamden, Kayna, Gavin, Rylan, and Ashton, brothers-in-law: Dennis (Liz) Nelson of Darby, MT, Steve Nelson of Reddick, sister-in-law Pam (Jeff) Nelson-Bertrand of Kankakee, her aunt Milly Girard of Cornell, IL, as well as several cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation for Sharon will be held on Wednesday, September 23, from 9 am-Noon at the Herscher United Methodist Church.  A private funeral service will be held.  Burial will take place at Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in Herscher.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

Memorials in Sharon’s name may be made to Riverside Cancer Institute or to Herscher United Methodist Church. 

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