Official Obituary of

Joyce B. Shook

August 3, 1933 ~ March 18, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Joyce Shook Obituary

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 August 3, 1933 in Woodstock, IL 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 October 20, 1956, had four children, and was married for 66 years before Bob passed away on November 24, 2022.

Joyce is a third generation Grace Lutheran Church member 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 livelong friends.

Joyce worked at the State Bank of Woodstock; as a School District 200 lunchroom aid; and then as the Dorr Township Clerk for 4 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, 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 9:00 am until the 11:00 am Memorial Service.  Interment services will be private.

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

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Memorial Gathering
April 4, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

Memorial Service
April 4, 2024

11:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

Private Interment


Grace Lutheran Church
1300 Kishwaukee Valley Rd, Woodstock IL 60098
Tel: 1-815-338-0554


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