Sharon Gottschall

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Sharon A. Gottschall, nee Travous, 74, of Belleville, IL, born October 30, 1942, in Belleville, IL, died peacefully on Saturday, September 16, 2017, with her family at her side.

Sharon was a dedicated elementary school teacher for 35 years.  She attended Belleville Area College, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, Normal, IL, and a Master of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She began her career in Smithton, IL, and later taught in Dupo, IL.  She finished her teaching career in East St Louis, IL.

Sharon became involved in the state and national science associations and was honored in 1985 and 1991 by the National Science Foundation.  She used those connections to help students learn science through hands-on experiments.  She made learning fun.

Sharon loved swimming at the Belleville YMCA and at the former Belleville swimming pool, and made lifelong friends.  She also loved music.  She was a member of the St. George Choir for many years.  This is where she met the love of her life.

The happiest day of Sharon’s life was December 11, 1999, when she married Ken Gottschall.  Ken and Sharon shared many of the same interests, and Sharon learned to love the dogs and the airplanes that Ken brought into the marriage. She always talked about her “Bogie”, and enjoyed the numerous rides as Ken flew his Comanche.

Though Sharon had no children of her own, her nieces and nephews became her kids. She shared many special times with each one.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Odell H. and Anna E., nee Stuart, Travous.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth L. Gottschall Jr.,
her son, Ken III (Rosie) Gottschall;
three grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Kathy Morganstern, and Sue (Dave) Hoffmann;
two brothers, Ken (Kathy) Travous, and Paul (Juliette) Travous;
a brother-in-law, Keith (Buck) Gottschall;
a sister-in-law, Maryanne (Harry) Woelfer;
and many loving nieces;
and cousins.

Despite her health challenges, Sharon was a fighter and remained positive, always with a smile on her face.  She will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to St. George’s Episcopal Church Outreach Program.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, with Fr. Dale Coleman officiating.


4 Comments on Sharon Gottschall

Nancy (Pauley)Reichel said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2017 at 6:51 PM

Our deepest Sympathy to her husband, Ken and The Travous Family. I just now heard it thru mother today. Our prayers and deepest love to all, Nancy and Keith Reichel and Family

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Mary C Spencer said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Sharon's family, was so sorry to hear of her passing. May God be with you and your families during this time. Cousin Mary C Spencer of Ar.

  • Little Rock
  • Arkansas
Wesley Heyduck said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2017 at 3:14 PM

I first met Sharon as a Board Member of the Illinois Science Teachers Association. She encouraged me to join the travel group led by Dr. Bob Williams of SIUE. This group allowed me to travel to around the USA and the world. We kept in touch through travel group reunions over the years. I will miss Sharon, who I know was a fantastic teacher.

  • Fairfield
  • IL
Darwin Evelsizer said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2017 at 6:52 PM

May she forever rest in peace with the Heavenly Father and may he guard, guide and provide solace to her family and friends.

  • Maryville
  • Illinois

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