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Sharon Marie French, 39, of Naperville passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 after a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma. Sharon was born November 14, 1978 in Rockford. She attended Roscoe grade schools and graduated from Hononegah High School in 1997. She did her undergraduate studies in Communicative Disorders at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, graduating in 2001. She earned her master’s degree at Northern Illinois University in Speech and Language Pathology in 2003. While at Northern Illinois University, she fell in love with her husband, Todd French. They were married on September 25, 2004 in Sedona, AZ. Sharon owned a business called Early Expressions. She was self employed as a Speech Pathologist working mainly in early intervention. She loved her little clients and her co-workers at Hunter Therapy. Sharon also was the best mom to Ian, 10 and Aleyna, 7. Her only wish was to watch her babies grow up. She will now be their guardian angel. A special thanks to Angie, Kristine, and Rhonda for their love and support, also to the oncology staff at Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora, for their outstanding care and compassion. Sharon never gave up and fought right up to the end.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Todd; children, Ian, Aleyna; parents, Kathryn Porter, Robert (Catherine) Harshbarger; brother, Scott (Jess) Harshbarger and their children, Trenton, Tymber, Makiya; mother-in-law, Susan French; grandparents, John and Phyllis Porter, Robert (Jean) Harshbarger; brother-in-law, Ryan French; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Predeceased by grandmother, Anita Harshbarger; and father-in-law, James French.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, 7300 Belvidere Rd., Caledonia 61011 with a celebration of life to follow immediately in the fellowship hall. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service in the church. A Celebration of Life will also be held in Naperville, on March 18, 2018 with details pending. Memorials to be established in Sharon’s name for researching metastatic melanoma and towards a scholarship in Speech Pathology at Northern Illinois University.