Joan Gentry, 85, of Sparta, IL; born on November 11, 1936 in Tilden, IL; passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, IL.
Joan was a graduate from Sparta High School. She enjoyed playing Bingo, crocheting and spending time with her family. Babysitting her grandchildren was what made her happy. Joan loved dancing, especially to her husband’s band, Jim Gentry and the Gents.
She was preceded in death by her husband – James M. Gentry; parents – Ralph and Eva (Hill) Firestone; son – Michael Gentry; two brothers – Charles “Sonny” Firestone and Jimmie Dale “Uncle Buddy” Firestone, Sr.
Joan is survived by her children – Debi (Gary) Klausing of Sparta, IL, James “Spinner” (Gina) Gentry of Sparta, IL, Lisa Gentry of Sparta, IL, Cindy Westerman of Sparta, IL, and Laurie (Neil) Westerman of Sparta, IL; ten grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; sister – Jean Murphy of St. Louis, MO.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.
Family and friends may gather at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sparta on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Burial will take place at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements