Sharon Elaine Behrens, 68, Peru, entered the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for seven years.
Born April 22, 1949, to Paul (Bus) and Lucile (Getz) Eikenberry, she was a 1967 Rochester High School graduate and a 1988 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College, where she earned an associates degree in accounting.
On Jan. 13, 1968, she married Richard Lee Behrens in Peoria, Illinois, and on May 24, 2006, in Rochester. He survives.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Rochester, and First Christian Church in Peru when she moved in with her daughter. She was a member of the choir and also started a children's choir. She participated in many musicals and plays with Fulton County Players and the Maxikuckee Players.
Sharon cared deeply for children. She babysat in her home for many years and later co-owned Kare and Share Daycare with Karen Kessler in Rochester. She was the foundation and inspiration for Little Lambs Daycare and Ministry at the First Christian Church in Rochester. Her dream still lives on today, shaping the little minds of the community.
She worked at Kimmel Motors, Sealed Power, and TOPP Industries all in Rochester, as well as Ameri-Can Engineering in Argos.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Richard. Also two sons, Michael Behrens and partner Matt, Flossmore, Illinois and Jeffrey Behrens, Marshall, Illinois; and one daughter, Mel and husband Tony Anderson. Also, brother Jim and wife Pam Eikenberry of Rochester, nephew Scott Eikenberry and companion Missy Martin of Rochester, and Rick Michael of Radner. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Brandy Peek, Peru, Braxton Bowers, Rochester, Isabel, Sarah and Natalie Behrens, Marshall, Illinois, Adrienne Anderson, Hoopeston, Illinois, and Mathew Anderson, Kokomo. Also, seven great-grandchildren, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Matthew Behrens.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home with Pastor Lisa Michaels officiating. Burial will be at the I.O.O.F Cemetery at Rochester.
Friends may call 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made in Sharon's name to the Alzheimer's Association, and the Little Lambs Daycare Ministry in Rochester.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at www. flowersleedyallen.com.
Published on February 16, 2018