Loving mother and grandmother, Sharon Byers-Pepper, 65, of Weirton, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at her home. Born July 12, 1945 in Steubenville, OH, she was the daughter of the late Robert A. Byers, Jr. and Loma Burkey Byers. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a reference aide at the Mary H. Weir public library. She was known by most as an avid local historian and genealogist. Her passion for history lead her to serve as a past Chairman of the Weirton Historic Landmark Commission and was fundamental in the publishing of "The History of Weirton". She also served as a past County Council PTA President and member of other PTA and PTSA groups for which she hosted talent shows at Weir High and Oak Glen high school to support local scholarships. Her baking and cooking talents were well known, especially her homemade jams and jellies. As a determined life-long learner, she had recently completed her undergraduate course work for a Business Organization degree. Sharon was a 50+ year member of the Cove Presbyterian Church. Sharon is survived by her son Robert Pepper; daughter Shana Pepper both of Weirton and grandchildren Brooks and Ryan Pepper. Friends will be received Friday 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Additional visitation will be held Saturday from 10 until the 11AM funeral services at the Cove Presbyterian Church with Reverend Dr. Ed Rudiger officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062 or Polycystic Kidney Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114-2000.

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  1. Hi Rob and Shana, Terry and I are saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing into God’s great kingdom. We have so manly good memories of her and your grandparents while we lived in Weirton. What a great lady she was and how very dedicated she was to so many things and especially, to you her children. Take Care and know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Jan and Terry

  2. Rob and Shanna, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom. My girls still remember stopping by when the Willey’s were in town several years ago. Your Mom is UNFORGETTABLE! She will always hold a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Darlene

  3. My little Robbie and Shana, what a shock to read about your MOM. She was a special lady, and I do mean Lady. She had a heart of gold just like her parents. God be with you and bless you at this sad time. You are both an my prayers. Love you both. Mike

  4. Rob and Shana, Please know that you are both in my thoughts and I am sending you the biggest hug that I can. I know that there is no real way to comfort you right now or any words that will make the pain less but I want you to know that your mother was on the top of my “favorite people” list. She always had the best hugs and no matter how long it had been between visits it was always like no time had passed. When we were growing up she was like a second mother to me and I loved her for that. Shari was a warm and loving person with a heart as big as the ocean. I am honored to have known her and to have been loved by her. I will never forget all the wonderful memories of time spent at your home with her and all of the fun times we had. I still to this day miss her bunny cakes! I love you both and wish that I could be there with you. Much love always, Michelle

  5. Dear Rob and Shanna, I was so shocked and saddened when I read about your Mom. She was such a wonderful,caring lady. It was a privilege to be able to call her “my friend” for so many years. I remember the first time I met her,we were planning a Fall Festival at Marland Heights School. Oh and making tissue flowers for our floats in the 4th of July Parades! That was the beginning of a long friendship. She will certainly be missed. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs and kisses to you all. Love, Vaughna and Rich

  6. Dear Robbie and Shanna, So sorry about the loss of such a great lady. Heaven has gained a very special angel. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  7. Rob and Shana, I am so sorry for your loss. I can remember hanging at your house when we were all kids. In fact, all the kids hung out there and your Mom took care of every one of us. She was a special lady, mother and friend. I will never forget her! You are all in my prayers! Mike

  8. Dear Rob and Shana, I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. I just saw her a week ago and we had a great visit. Your mom and grandparents meant a lot to me through the years. They all loved you two so very much. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Love Roberta

  9. I only knew Sherri briefly as my father-in-law’s cousin, but she immediately struck me as generous, vivacious, and caring. I only wish I could have gotten to know her better. She seemed like one-in-a-million. She will be missed.

  10. Rob and Shanna- I will always remember your mother as a kind and energetic person. I pray that your memories of her and the lives that she touched will carry you through this difficult time.

  11. We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We were never fortunate enough to meet her but you have shared many heartwarming stories about her with us. Please pass on our sympathies to your sister, as you both remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please remember we are only a phone call away. Our love as always Steve & Wendy

  12. Dear Rob & Shana: Please know that my prayers are with you on the death of your mother. I am in NV visiting family for 3 weeks and cannot be with you. I have only good memories of the times that I worked with her at Marland Heights School PTA. We were all very close and became very good friends. May God give you His peace and strength. Kathy

  13. I remember your mother from PTA and her work with the landmark committee. She was entertaining and had a regal bearing and I loved the way she dressed. She was always ready to fight for causes she believed in. I also remember the sparkle in her eye and also her homemade jelly. Yum-yum. My condolences to the family. I am sorry I could not make it to the funeral home. I was out of town at work on Friday.

  14. Rob and Shana, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I will always remember her kindness to me while being neighbors and also the baked treats here and there. All of you were great neighbors to have. My prayers go out for you at this time.

  15. Rob and Shana, I’m very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. Several years ago at a family reunion, your mother went out of her way to visit with me, we had a great time going over the past. When Bob and Loma lived above Halprens grocery store on Main street, me and my mother lived down the hall from them and I was Sharons babysitter, that was in the 50’s. Again so sorry for your loss. Joan (Poprik) Smith KC.MO

  17. Robbie and Shanna, I was very sad to hear of your loss and share your pain in this time of bereavement. Know that you are in my prayers this day. Gene Hutchison

  18. Rob and Shana My sincere condolences Your mother was certainly a special lady and she died much to young

  19. Dear Rob and Shana I just found out about your mom and was shocked. I can’t imagine the house without her in it–it must seem so vacant. Your mom was larger than life and she loved it that way. We will all miss her. It’s just a little less joyful without her. Take care of yourselves. Time will heal all wounds.

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