Sharon Rapp

Sharon Rapp

CHAMPAIGN — Sharon J. Rapp, 77, of Champaign died at 10:06 a.m. Wednesday (July 11, 2018) at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.

Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy. The Rev. Matt Mathews will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

Sharon was born Feb. 11, 1941, in Champaign, the daughter of Paul G. and June S. Coon Jones.

Surviving are her husband, Terry Harshbarger; two sons, Dr. William (Dr. Lisa) Harshbarger of Hartland, Wis., and Kyle (Christine) Harshbarger of Normal; four daughters, Diane Harshbarger of Chicago, Maureen (Dan) Smith of Atascadero, Calif., Kristi Harshbarger of Chicago and Amy (Sam) Potter of Chicago; 12 grandchildren; brother, L. Rea (Mary) Jones of Champaign; two nephews, Loren (Rose) Jones of Scottsdale, Ariz., and David (Elizabeth) Jones of Naperville; niece, Karen (Tim) McCormack of Peoria; seven grandnephews; and two grandnieces.

She was preceded in death by a grandson.

Sharon graduated from the University of Illinois. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Champaign, U of I Alumni Association, P.E.O. and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

She was a stephen minister in the Presbyterian Church, fostering care and comfort for those she was called to serve.

She loved her family, her many friends and sharing her weaving talents and techniques with everyone that inquired.  Her love for weaving was featured on WEIU-TV with her segment airing intermittently from 2007 to 2010.

As a member of the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild for more than 40 years, Sharon served in several capacities. The list of her fiber interests was quite lengthy; spinning, split ply braiding, twining, knitting, card weaving, bobbin lace and especially weaving. Besides the local guild, she had been a member of the Handweavers Guild of America and the Early Weaving Study Group of the Complex Weavers. Sharon’s textiles were exhibited and sold at the local guild’s annual show and sale, the annual art fair of The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana and Illinois artisan shops. Of special note, she reproduced several shaker towels which were accepted for display in the Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Both she, her special talents and loving character will be greatly missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.