PRINCETON — Sheryl J. Marsett, 63, of Princeton passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019, at home after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by her loved ones.
Sheryl was born in Princeton on Nov. 29, 1955, to the late Llyle Johnson and Joyce (Christiansen) Killen.
She was a 1973 graduate of LaMoille High School and attended Illinois Valley Community College. She worked at the Harper-Wyman Co. for 27 1/2 years until it closed. She later worked at Delmonte and the Bureau County Courthouse and jail.
She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Ladd Lanes Bowling team in Princeton. She enjoyed playing softball in her youth, and was an avid Chicago Bears fan. Her family doesn’t know if the word avid is big enough to describe how huge of a Bears fan she really was. She loved all animals, and was a devoted dog caregiver for family and friends. She was courageous, positive and an honest, hard-working woman. She lived her life just the way she wanted and did it her way. She will be very missed by her family, friends and any animals she came in contact with.
Sheryl is survived by her daughter, Jamie (Aaron) Phillips of Washington, Ill.; two grandchildren, Madeline Phillips and Mason Phillips; one sister, Vicki (Dan) Smith; four stepsisters, Charlene Thompson, Debbie (Ross) Taylor, Terry Guzman and Cindy (Clois) Henderson; three stepbrothers, Steve Killen, Glen (Val) Killen and Michael (Kristy) Killen; and her stepfather, Glen Killen. Sheryl is also survived by her dear friend, Anna Flaig, of many years.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Joyce (Christiansen) Killen, and her father, Llyle Johnson.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, at the New Hope Church of the Nazarene in Princeton with Pastor Laura Root-Tanner officiating. Graveside services will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. The family encourages everyone to wear their Chicago Bears attire if they would like, because that’s the way Sheryl would have wanted it.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friends of Strays in Princeton.
Online condolences may be left at www.norberghfh.com.