Sharla Thilker Obituary, Death – Sharla Elyece Thilker, 49, of Shelbyville, IL, died in her home at 10:25 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023. Rev. Claude Howell will officiate at the funeral ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2023, at Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, 415 N. Broadway, Shelbyville, IL.
Visitation will be held in the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2023, and prior to the funeral from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Graveside services will be performed in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Louisville, IL, on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Korryna Thilker Education Fund.
Sharla Aldridge was born on April 9, 1974, in Vandalia, Illinois, to Samuel and Sharon (Scott) Aldridge. She graduated in 1992 from Effingham High School and in 2003 from Greenville College. On June 30, 2012, Sharla married Jared R. Thilker. Sharla was a devoted wife, a proud dancing mom, and an Air Force mom, and her greatest delight was being an Oma to her two grandchildren. Her quick wit, sarcasm, and sense of humor will be remembered.
Her laughter lasted until the end of her ALS fight. Sharla was a fan of inside jokes, Disney World, piano playing, reading, and board games. She had the opportunity to coach numerous students through her piano playing, and they will carry her musical ability with them. Her passion for literature led to work as a Librarian at Moulton Middle School, where she shared her enthusiasm for books with many pupils. Sharla was famous among her nieces and nephews as the World’s Greatest TiTi.
Sharla is survived by her husband, Jared; her daughter, Korryna Thilker of Shelbyville; her sons, Blake Thilker (Macy) of Gillespie, IL, and Logan Thilker of Toledo, IL; her parents, Sam and Sharon Aldridge of Inverness, FL; her brother, Scott Aldridge of Bainbridge, GA; two grandchildren, Brett and Brody Thilker; 22 nieces and nephews; and 15 great nieces and nephews. Her paternal grandparents, John and Marcella Aldridge; maternal grandmother, Bonnie Steffen; and parents-in-law, Cecil and Lois Thilker, died before her.