Joan Theresa Harshbarger, 72, of Champaign passed away at 5:57 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at her residence.
A visitation will be held from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) we will be only letting in small groups at a time for Joan’s visitation and will require a mask be worn. Thank-you for your understanding and patience.
A private family funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Pastor Jason Epperson will officiate. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Urbana.
Joan was born in Urbana on November 17, 1948 to parents Robert and Ethel (Thompson) McClannahan. They preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her son Karl Harshbarger.
On September 7, 1968 she married Kenneth “Lee” Harshbarger, he passed away on October 2, 2004.
She is survived by her children; Kraig (Maria) Harshbarger of Luverne, AL, Kurt (Mindy) Harshbarger of St. Joseph and Kristina (Tracey) Pettigrew of Wilmington, NC. Her brother David (Roweena) McClannahan of Eagle River, AK and nine grandchildren also survive her.
Joan graduated from Champaign High School and attended Eastern Illinois University. She worked at WILL Radio at the University of Illinois as a secretary for over twenty years. Joan was the District President for the American Legion Auxiliary, she belonged to Beta Sigma Phi and to the Boy Scouts of America Arrowhead Counsel where she received the Silver Beaver Award. Joan also worked with Children and Women’s Ministries.
Joan lived for her grandkids. She was their biggest cheerleader and supporter. She was so proud to watch them all grow up and would love to brag to her friends about them.
Joan loved spending time with her friends whether it was at trivia night or at her regular spot, The Esquire. She enjoyed reading, bird watching and cozy couch time.
She spent many hours with her small group from Women’s ministries. Joan enjoyed helping others, she would spend hours taking friends to doctor appointments and to run errands. She was a full-time caretaker and friend to all, nothing meant more to her than helping others, Joan never met a stranger.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to everyone who has reached out to us and assisted us during this difficult time. We know you were all an integral part of her life and she loved you all dearly.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network or Little Galilee Christian Camp & Retreat Center.
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Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donation Network
425 Spring Lake Dr., Itasca IL 60143
Little Galilee Christian Camp & Retreat Center
7539 Little Galilee Rd., Clinton IL 61727