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Joyce B. Shook, 90

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother. 

Joyce B. Shook, 90, of Woodstock, passed away on March 18, 2024, at her home in Woodstock.

She was born Aug. 3, 1933, in Woodstock, to Aloysius and Edith Helen (Loeffel) Berna, was raised on a dairy farm, and was the oldest of five children. She attended a one-room schoolhouse on Davis Road and graduated from Woodstock High School in 1951.

She married Bob Shook in Woodstock on Oct. 20, 1956, had four children, and was married for 66 years before Bob passed away on Nov. 24, 2022.

Joyce is a third generation member of Grace Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and played the piano for the kids, and was a long-time member of the Chancel Choir. Joyce and Bob joined the Tape Group with other church couples to meet and discuss select movies, and those couples became lifelong friends.

Joyce worked at the State Bank of Woodstock; as a School District 200 lunchroom aide; and then as the Dorr Township clerk for four terms before her retirement.

There was nothing more important to Joyce than family and friends. You could always find her in the kitchen whipping up something good. She was not happy unless you left full!

Joyce was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and a very proud great- grandmother. She doted on all her grandchildren every chance she could, attended all activities and functions, making them all feel so special; nothing made her happier than being with them.

Joyce is survived by her children, Robin Gibbs, Robert (Deb) Shook, Raymond (Karen) Shook, and Roxane (Trevor) Tillman; her grandchildren, Neil (Loran) Gibbs, Helen (Marc) Emery, Eric (Aimee) Gibbs, Josh Tillman, Daniel Shook, Justin Tillman, Matthew Shook, and Stephanie Shook; her great- grandchildren, Annabelle Gibbs, Madelyn Emery, Quintin Emery, Lark Gibbs, Aubrey Emery, Maren Gibbs, and Rory Gibbs; her sisters, Joanne (Al) Fischer and Pat Haning (Jim Martin); sister-in-law, Lou Shook; brother-in-law, John Hoyt; as well as many loving and caring nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her dear husband, and her brothers, William Berna and David Berna.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock, from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service. Interment services will be private.

Memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock.

For more information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or visit

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