Sharon Dykema ’64 Habben

Sharon Jane Habben of Morrison, IL, died Sunday June 27, 2021 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Sharon was born January 25, 1942, in Morrison, IL, to Clayton and Thelma (Renkes) Dykema. She graduated from Morrison High School in 1960 and in 1964 she graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI. On August 7, 1964 she married Duane “Barney” Habben in Morrison. For several years Sharon taught in elementary schools throughout the Whiteside County area. She was proud of her work with the Gifted Program in the Morrison Elementary Schools. Sharon loved cooking and catering.

She began the Sugar and Spice Shoppe, originally operating on Main Street in Morrison, and later in her home. She enjoyed this venture for over 20 years. She was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, and served on many committees. Sharon also organized and started the Morrison Farmers Market. She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing articles for local newspapers. Sharon also supported Barney’s interest in auctioneering, writing many of his sale bills.

Survivors include her husband, Duane; two sons, Christopher (Amy) Habben of Shawnee, KS and Corey Habben of Silver Springs, MD; two grandchildren, Maggie Habben and Clayton Habben; two sisters, Marla Irion of Dubuque, IA and Ann Bush of Davenport, IA; one sister-in-law, Nancy (Everett) Pannier of Morrison, IL; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers-in-law, Steven Bush and Ken Iron.

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