Joan E. (Sharpsteen) Rekos

Born: Fri., Jan. 22, 1926
Died: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 20, 2017
Location: N. William St. Location


6:30 PM Wed., Dec. 20, 2017
Location: N. William St. Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Dec. 21, 2017
Location: Saint Andrews Greek Orthodox Church

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 Joan E. Rekos
January 22, 1926 – December 16, 2017

Joan E. Rekos 91, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away early in the morning on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. Mother was born in South Bend to the late Edna (Gibson) and Herman Sharpsteen. On October 30, 1950 she married Mario K. Rekos who preceded her in death after 62 years of marriage on May 25, 2012. Surviving Joan are her six children: Elizabeth Lewis Farr, Soula (Greg) Tyler, Maria (Larry) Bonnell, Michael, James and John Rekos. Mom and Dad were blessed with eight grandchildren: William (deceased) (Jackie) Lewis, Sarah (Jason) Binder, Laura (Alex) Griffis, David Ryan (Jillian) Bonnell, Zachary,
Jacob and Miles Rekos and Cassandra (Colin McCan) Rekos. Also surviving Joan are four great-grandchildren: Matthew, Jordan, Parker, and Connor. Also, she leaves behind many nieces and nephews and she loved them all very much.
Our Mother was an avid reader and always stressed the importance of education. She loved reading to and spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren. Joan was a graduate in the class of 1944 at South Bend Riley High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College. She then
obtained her teaching credentials and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She taught in South Bend Schools for 20 years.
The family will receive visitors from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 20th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home at 521 N. William Street, South Bend where a Trisagion service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday at St. Andrew
Greek Orthodox Church 52455 Ironwood Rd., South Bend. Mother's final resting place will be
at Highland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial donations to Milton Adult Day Services, 922 E. Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN, 46617 or St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 52455 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635. Family and friends may leave email condolences at
Mother was a kind and generous person and will be missed by her family and all who knew and loved her. May her memory be eternal.

Charitable donations may be made in Joan's memory to the following organizations:

Milton Adult Day Service
922 E. Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46617

Saint Andrews Greek Orthodox Church
52455 N. Ironwood Dr., South Bend, IN

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