Zabel, Sharon L. "Bolly" 68, of Aurora, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 14th 2011. She had been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in February of 2011. Surrounded by family and with Passages Hospice care, Sharon lost her battle with cancer and went to be with her Lord in heaven, where she will join our eldest son Ken and other family members. Sharon was born in Aurora on August 3rd 1943, to Roland and Marian Bolly. Her childhood was spent on the farm on Dugan Road in Sugar Grove, which is now Rich Harvest Farms golf course, where she played with her two brothers and five sisters as well as doing her fair share of the family farm chores. Sharon loved going to the Fairs. She always hated feeding the chickens or getting eggs because they would peck at her. In 1950, the Bolly family was voted Northern Illinois Typical Farm Family of the Year and they were honored guests for Banquets in Chicago and at the State Fair and also by Governor Adlai Stevenson at the Mansion in Springfield where Sharon (age 6) fell asleep on the governor's lap after eating ice cream and cake. In the late fifties, the family relocated to Beloit, Wisconsin where the family farm remains today. After high school graduation, Sharon moved to Aurora, IL and worked at the Aurora Public Library. She loved her independence of having her own apartment, but then a handsome tall stranger (Wiley Zabel) moved in next door and they started dating. In 1963, Sharon and Wiley were married on a cold December day (-14) in Beloit, WI and started a warm 48-year loving marriage in Aurora. They had three boys (Ken, Paul and Doug) and Sharon took great pride in being a good homemaker, mother and wife. She enjoyed taking care of the home, cooking, cleaning, and tending to her beautiful flower gardens. For every holiday and special event, she was famous for providing her many hundreds of excellent tasty cookies and wonderful meals. Sharon enjoyed bingo, her bowling leagues, and playing cards and games especially with her granddaughters. Sharon loved to help with remodeling projects with painting, refinishing, cleanup, and decor. She always said that she lived her life the way she wanted to and wouldn't change a thing. Sharon is survived by her husband Wiley, sons Paul (Carrie) Zabel, Doug (Kristen) Zabel and her three grandchildren Kelsie, Avery, Lexi and many other relatives. The Zabel family would like to express our gratitude and thanks to Passages Hospice for their wonderful care and support during Sharon's last ten weeks in her Aurora home with Wiley, the care giver the last four months, and help from family and friends. A Celebration of Sharon's Life will be held on Saturday, November 26th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL, 60554. The eulogy will be at 1 pm. Memorial donations will be given to her favorite charities. Everyone loved her yard and flowers.
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 20, 2011