Joanne C. Sherry, 81, of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born on March 20, 1939 in rural Ashkum, the daughter of John V. and Freda (Medendorp) Strough. Joanne married Robert Sherry on December 11, 1977.
She is survived by her husband Bob Sherry; one brother Dale Strough; one sister Darlene (Ray) Hummel; step-children Kathleen Sherry, Robert (Rhonda) Sherry, Kevin Sherry and John Sherry; nieces and nephews Jason (Laura) Strough, Jennifer (Bridget) Van Treese, Matthew (Lezlie) Strough, Lori (John) Ried, Robert Hummel and Karen (Zach) Moore; and 13 great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Ronald Strough and Larry Strough; and a niece Emily Strough.
Joanne graduated from Gilman High School in 1956. She began her career out of high school as a Stenographer/Typist at Radio Condenser Company in Watseka. She successfully rose to retire as Manager of the Midwest regional office of S&W Foods; as well as, being President of BJS Enterprises, a successful paint equipment sales and distribution company established with her husband, Bob. She was a special and devoted Aunt to her nieces and nephews; and was also devoted to her beloved late-companion, Heidi. She was a member of the Republican Women's Club, the Opera Guild, Model A Club with Bob, and St. Edmund Catholic Church.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 27, 2020 from 2:00-4:00p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:00a.m. at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Burial will follow at Gilman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, all who wish to attend the services for Joanne must wear a mask and practice safe social distance. For the visitation at the funeral home, please dress according to the weather, as waiting outside may be necessary. Thank you for your cooperation during this time.
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