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ROBINSON, Ill. - Karan Joan Shonk, 78, of Robinson, died at 1:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, along with her daughter, Jennifer "Jenny" Tracy, the result of a car accident.
Joan was born on Nov. 23, 1939, in Robinson, the daughter of Graydon Brashear and Goldie (Climer) Brashear, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Zane Tracy; and by her siblings, Russell, Tom, Bill, John, Virginia, Ruth, Jim, Jo, and Dwight.
She married Jacob "Jake" Shonk on Jan. 1, 1961, and they shared nearly 57 years together before her passing. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Loni Shonk (Lincoln, Pa.); by her son-in-law, John "Marty" Tracy (Robinson); by her grandchildren, Alisha and Tony Stephens, Marsha and Curt Bahr, Vanessa Shonk, Timothy Shonk, Cade Tracy, and Hannah Tracy; by her great-grandchildren, Laura Bahr, Jailyn Stephens, Khloe Stephens, and Sydnee Stephens; by her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Mercedes Brashear (La Porte, Ind.); her sisters-in-law, Doris Brashear, Juanita Brashear, and Mary Brashear; her brother-in-law, Martin Shonk; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Joan grew up in rural Porterville and attended school in Robinson before her family moved to Palestine. She was a 1956 graduate of Palestine High School. She furthered her education at Indiana State University, where she studied nursing and graduated in 1961. Almost straight out of school, she got on at Crawford Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a nurse for 41 years before finally deciding to retire.
Away from work she wasn't one to let dust settle. Joan was heavily involved at the Porterville Congregational Christian Church, where she served as both clerk and deaconess. She and Jake shared an affinity for travel, and over the years, they visited Hawaii, Alaska, Cancun, and Gulf Shores, just to name a few. Later on in life, they loved watching their grandchildren participate in their various activities, but Joan in particular was fond of watching their sporting events. Anyone who knew her could attest to the fact that the woman loved sports, and could often be found watching a game at home when the grandkids didn't have one going locally. But more than sports or travel, Joan simply loved her family. Through the years, she consistently put her family above herself, and gave them all of the love and care she had to give. In Joan, they haven't just lost a wife, mother, and grandmother, but a matriarch, friend, and champion as well.
A dual visitation alongside her daughter, Jenny will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. CST on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Goodwine Funeral Home in Robinson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at the Porterville Congregational Christian Church, with Pastor Jerry McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorials be made to the "Jenny Tracy Memorial Fund" to help meet the needs of Joan's beloved grandchildren. Envelopes will be available at both the funeral home and church. For more information, or to share a memory or condolence online, please visit:
Published on January 2, 2018
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