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Sharon Kay Runge

Sharon Kay Runge

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Sharon Kay Runge, 80, of Sparta, IL; born on August 24, 1942 in Sparta, IL the daughter of LaVerne and Marjorie (McDaniel) McConachie; passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

Sharon was a fifth grade science teacher at Sparta Lincoln Middle School for 30 of the 35 years she taught.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Virgil.  Sharon loved and gave all of her support to her children and grandchildren, they meant the world to her.  She was a kind-hearted and caring person that always had a smile on her face.  There was no stranger to Sharon, and she made a positive impact to all of those she encountered.

She is survived by her loving husband – Virgil Runge of Sparta, IL to whom she married on July 17, 1964 at the First United Methodist Church of Sparta; one son – Bradley (Kathy) Runge of LaVergne, TN; one daughter – Jana (Bill) Fett of Marissa, IL; three grandchildren – Brett (Jorge) Runge of St. Louis, MO, Robert Fett of Auburn, AL, and Alaina Fett of Eden, IL; one sister  – Glenda (Keith) Chenault of Swansea, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; infant twin grandsons – Daniel and David Fett; niece – Kimberly Runge; brother-in-law – Leonard Runge; father-in-law – Roy Runge; mother-in-law – Velma Runge.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church for the Sharon Runge Education Memorial Fund.

The Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Sparta, IL on Monday, April 17, 2023 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Randy McGeehon officiating.  Committal Services will take place at New Palestine Cemetery in Walsh, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

 

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  1. Linda Boston says:

    To the family of Sharon Runge. She was the sweetest, kind, loving and caring friend anyone could ever have. She always ask me when I was in Sparta for a visit how I liked living in Quincy. I told her it was the thing I could have ever done! Just a Beautiful Spirit inside and out! I’m very honored to have known Sharon for many years. Thank you Sharon for our Lovely friendship. I will miss your beautiful smile. God Bless you my beautiful friend. ?
    Sincerely,
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

  2. Gail Soderlund says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Sharon was such a lovely soul. God bless your family in this time of sorrow.

  3. Bob and Beryle Ethington says:

    We are saddened by the loss of a friendly, compassionate lady. May God give you, Virgil, and your family, comfort and peace. She will be so missed.

  4. Vanessa Blount Tinsley says:

    My Condolences to the family of Mrs. Runge. Such a sweet kind soul who was always so kind and sweet. I will always remember her as the candy lady on Halloween who always made her students feel special with a special treat for those who visited her home. Thanks you for always smiling and making the world a better place❤️

  5. Laurie Rudloff Shain says:

    What a wonderful example of kindness she was. Always made me smile to talk with her…she was truly a blessing to many. Thanks to her family for sharing her with so many of us….

  6. Mary Pat Weaver says:

    We are so sorry to hear about this. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love,
    Steve, MaryPat Weaver and Family

  7. Joann. Wilson says:

    Sympathy to the Runge family. Sharon was a kind lady that never met a stranger. She made everyone feel special even when she wasn’t feeling good. She ask about her students and generally cared about people. She will be missed

  8. Kathleen Dwyer says:

    We are so very sad about hearing of Sharon’s passing. A special lady, we will be miss her.
    May God grant you comfort.
    Steve and Kathleen Dwyer

  9. Natalie Long says:

    Mrs. Runge was one of my favorite teachers and a great person. May God hold her family and friends close at this time.
    Condolences to all.

  10. Gail Brazle says:

    Virgil, Brad, and Jana, I pray that you will be comforted at this sad time with the knowledge of how many people cared for Sharon and how many lives she touched in a positive way. As a fellow teacher, I know what an inspiration she was to so many children. On a more personal note, I always appreciated her warmth and being able to share stories about our children and grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed.

  11. Arlene & Ken says:

    Ken & I are so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. She was a very dear friend & one I could always depend on for help with all of our class reunions. She will be deeply missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with Virgil and all the family. ????

    • Curt and Sharon Graham Hays says:

      Curt and I are so sorry to hear of Sharon’s sudden passing. She was such a kind, loving, and cheerful lady. We were classmates of hers (Sparta HS, 1960) and enjoyed every reunion she helped plan over the 60 plus years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Virgil and family members. May God continue to grant you His peace and comfort.

  12. Christine Thomas Kowalenko says:

    Sorry to hear this! A great teacher who taught me so much.

  13. Terry & Jenna Lambeth says:

    I’m saddened to hear of Sharon’s passing…she was a sweetheart! An exemplary teacher, kind & patient to every child.
    She is walking the streets of gold, with Jesus, singing his praises, no doubt at all!
    Praying the comfort & peace of the Holy Spirit abides with all the family.
    Hold to the sweet memories!?

  14. Larry McGuire says:

    My most heartfelt sympathies for Virgil and his family. I know that you have many fine and wonderful memories that will comfort in your time of sorrow.

  15. Lindsay Mitchell says:

    My most heartfelt sympathies to the family of Mrs. Runge. She was a wonderful teacher and a kind and caring person. She will be greatly missed.

  16. Patty Caupert says:

    Sharon and I were classmates (class of 1960). She was friendly, sweet, and nice to everyone. I will miss her.

  17. Ken & Vicky Gilmore says:

    So sorry to hear—Sharon was always so kind & caring. It was a pleasure to work with her. Our sincere condolences to Virgil & her family.

  18. Jane Bowlby says:

    I’m sorry to hear this. She was very kind and always spoke to everyone. She was a great teacher.
    Prayers to the family

    • Roger and Sandra Massie says:

      Sharon was such a loving, caring person that showed her faith in her actions. She will be missed by all of us. Our prayers for comfort to Virgil and family.

  19. Cindy Sickmeyer says:

    There are no words to describe the beautiful soul that Sharon was. She touched so many lives through school, church and family with kind words and deeds! Such an inspiration to others!

  20. Linda and Larry Henderson says:

    She was my neighbor many years ago. I loved her parents and sister. Sharon was a beautiful and caring person. She will be missed. My prayers go out to Virgil and her family.

  21. Randy Russell says:

    Sorry to hear Sharon passed away, She was a cousin, a friend, gonna missed seeing her. Prayers to Virgil, Jana, Brad and family.

  22. Barbara Macri says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

    • Pam Williamson says:

      My prayers to Jana and the entire Runge family. She was one of the best teachers and I have wonderful memories.

  23. Bridget Oliver says:

    So So Sorry For The Families Loss. Sharon Was A Loving Woman Who Was Happy And Very Caring. She Will Definitely Be Missed. Condolences To Her Family And Friends!!!???

    • Sharon Young says:

      I’m so sorry,what a kind lady.My children had her as their teacher,she loved her job…God Bless

  24. LaDonna Laramore says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Mrs Runge’s passing, she was my teacher in grade school and left a lifetime impact on me, we then became neighbors and she loved watching our grandson play, always had a special treat for him..she will be missed!

  25. Carol Malott says:

    So very sorry for your loss.
    Condolences and prayers to the family

  26. Perry Brooks says:

    So sorry to hear that Mrs Runge has passed, known her over 45 years, she was a good teacher, and a Coaches Wife,Mr.Runge Coached my Khoury League team for many years, and we remained friends for many years following, Prayers for you all, God Bless you all

    • Paulette Ashbrook says:

      Virgil, Brad , Jana and family,
      So sorry to hear this! She was an amazing teacher and person. We enjoyed having teaching in the same hallway for many years. She subbed for me when I had surgery and was so meticulous and caring!
      We are praying for comfort for all of you. Sincerely, Alan and Paulette Ashbrook

    • Denise Ebers says:

      Gary and I are so sorry to hear about Sharon. Virgil and her children, grandchildren, and all of her family have our deepest sympathy.

32 Comments

  1. So sorry to hear that Mrs Runge has passed, known her over 45 years, she was a good teacher, and a Coaches Wife,Mr.Runge Coached my Khoury League team for many years, and we remained friends for many years following, Prayers for you all, God Bless you all

    Reply
    • Gary and I are so sorry to hear about Sharon. Virgil and her children, grandchildren, and all of her family have our deepest sympathy.

      Reply
    • Virgil, Brad , Jana and family,
      So sorry to hear this! She was an amazing teacher and person. We enjoyed having teaching in the same hallway for many years. She subbed for me when I had surgery and was so meticulous and caring!
      We are praying for comfort for all of you. Sincerely, Alan and Paulette Ashbrook

      Reply
  2. So very sorry for your loss.
    Condolences and prayers to the family

    Reply
  3. I’m so very sorry to hear of Mrs Runge’s passing, she was my teacher in grade school and left a lifetime impact on me, we then became neighbors and she loved watching our grandson play, always had a special treat for him..she will be missed!

    Reply
  4. So So Sorry For The Families Loss. Sharon Was A Loving Woman Who Was Happy And Very Caring. She Will Definitely Be Missed. Condolences To Her Family And Friends!!!???

    Reply
    • I’m so sorry,what a kind lady.My children had her as their teacher,she loved her job…God Bless

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  5. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Reply
    • My prayers to Jana and the entire Runge family. She was one of the best teachers and I have wonderful memories.

      Reply
  6. Sorry to hear Sharon passed away, She was a cousin, a friend, gonna missed seeing her. Prayers to Virgil, Jana, Brad and family.

    Reply
  7. She was my neighbor many years ago. I loved her parents and sister. Sharon was a beautiful and caring person. She will be missed. My prayers go out to Virgil and her family.

    Reply
  8. There are no words to describe the beautiful soul that Sharon was. She touched so many lives through school, church and family with kind words and deeds! Such an inspiration to others!

    Reply
  9. I’m sorry to hear this. She was very kind and always spoke to everyone. She was a great teacher.
    Prayers to the family

    Reply
    • Sharon was such a loving, caring person that showed her faith in her actions. She will be missed by all of us. Our prayers for comfort to Virgil and family.

      Reply
  10. So sorry to hear—Sharon was always so kind & caring. It was a pleasure to work with her. Our sincere condolences to Virgil & her family.

    Reply
  11. Sharon and I were classmates (class of 1960). She was friendly, sweet, and nice to everyone. I will miss her.

    Reply
  12. My most heartfelt sympathies to the family of Mrs. Runge. She was a wonderful teacher and a kind and caring person. She will be greatly missed.

    Reply
  13. My most heartfelt sympathies for Virgil and his family. I know that you have many fine and wonderful memories that will comfort in your time of sorrow.

    Reply
  14. I’m saddened to hear of Sharon’s passing…she was a sweetheart! An exemplary teacher, kind & patient to every child.
    She is walking the streets of gold, with Jesus, singing his praises, no doubt at all!
    Praying the comfort & peace of the Holy Spirit abides with all the family.
    Hold to the sweet memories!?

    Reply
  15. Sorry to hear this! A great teacher who taught me so much.

    Reply
  16. Ken & I are so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. She was a very dear friend & one I could always depend on for help with all of our class reunions. She will be deeply missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with Virgil and all the family. ????

    Reply
    • Curt and I are so sorry to hear of Sharon’s sudden passing. She was such a kind, loving, and cheerful lady. We were classmates of hers (Sparta HS, 1960) and enjoyed every reunion she helped plan over the 60 plus years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Virgil and family members. May God continue to grant you His peace and comfort.

      Reply
  17. Virgil, Brad, and Jana, I pray that you will be comforted at this sad time with the knowledge of how many people cared for Sharon and how many lives she touched in a positive way. As a fellow teacher, I know what an inspiration she was to so many children. On a more personal note, I always appreciated her warmth and being able to share stories about our children and grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed.

    Reply
  18. Mrs. Runge was one of my favorite teachers and a great person. May God hold her family and friends close at this time.
    Condolences to all.

    Reply
  19. We are so very sad about hearing of Sharon’s passing. A special lady, we will be miss her.
    May God grant you comfort.
    Steve and Kathleen Dwyer

    Reply
  20. Sympathy to the Runge family. Sharon was a kind lady that never met a stranger. She made everyone feel special even when she wasn’t feeling good. She ask about her students and generally cared about people. She will be missed

    Reply
  21. We are so sorry to hear about this. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love,
    Steve, MaryPat Weaver and Family

    Reply
  22. What a wonderful example of kindness she was. Always made me smile to talk with her…she was truly a blessing to many. Thanks to her family for sharing her with so many of us….

    Reply
  23. My Condolences to the family of Mrs. Runge. Such a sweet kind soul who was always so kind and sweet. I will always remember her as the candy lady on Halloween who always made her students feel special with a special treat for those who visited her home. Thanks you for always smiling and making the world a better place❤️

    Reply
  24. We are saddened by the loss of a friendly, compassionate lady. May God give you, Virgil, and your family, comfort and peace. She will be so missed.

    Reply
  25. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Sharon was such a lovely soul. God bless your family in this time of sorrow.

    Reply
  26. To the family of Sharon Runge. She was the sweetest, kind, loving and caring friend anyone could ever have. She always ask me when I was in Sparta for a visit how I liked living in Quincy. I told her it was the thing I could have ever done! Just a Beautiful Spirit inside and out! I’m very honored to have known Sharon for many years. Thank you Sharon for our Lovely friendship. I will miss your beautiful smile. God Bless you my beautiful friend. ?
    Sincerely,
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

    Reply

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