Sharon Wilkens


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Posted Online: May 07, 2013, 4:59 pm
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Funeral services for Sharon Wilkens, 73, of New Boston, will be 11 a.m. Friday at New Boston United Methodist Church. Burial will be at New Boston Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Sharon Wilkens Memorial Fund. Speer Funeral Home, Aledo, is in charge of arrangements.
Sharon died on Monday, May 6, 2013, at her home.
Sharon Rae Jones was born on Dec. 5, 1939, in Moline. She married Kenneth G. "Toad" Wilkens on June 19, 1959, at Zion Lutheran Church, Taylor Ridge. He preceded her in death on July 22, 2011.
Sharon was a homemaker, but also helped her husband run "Toad's Bait Shop" in New Boston for many years. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially boating and tending her flowers, when she was able. She was an avid cook book collector and enjoyed sharing her cooking skills with her family and friends.
Sharon is survived by her children and their spouses, Penny Gipson and Kenneth Conway, New Boston; Teresa and Jason Foster, San Jose, Calif., and Michael and Mandi Wilkens, Wenona, Ill.; two sisters, Sandy and Barney Brain, Moline and Georgia Bolleart, Tennessee; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren and one lovingly expected. She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, George and Helen Cook Bolleart; husband; sons, Kevin, Kenneth Jr. and Warren; and a sister, Nancy Bolleart.
Condolences may be left at speerfuneralhome.com.














 




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