For friends and family of Sherry M. Wertz, the year ended not with a bang but with a whimper when, on Dec. 31, 2012, she succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
A vibrant, intelligent, creative woman, Sherry never met a stranger. Within minutes of meeting her you felt you’d known her for years.
A tireless advocate for social justice, Sherry was never afraid to reach out to people, to fight for civil rights, to speak truth to power. And she did it with passion and grace.
Sherry never stopped learning or teaching, and could converse on a wide range of topics from architecture and politics to gardening and healthcare. She was a compassionate nurturer of all living things, a talented decorator, an inspirational mentor, a seeker of truth.
Through dozens of moves across the country, she did social work, taught high school, gave piano lessons and, with her husband, ran
antique shops, restaurants, a B&B, and decorated homes.
Sherry graduated early from DeVilbiss High School in Toledo, Ohio, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in social work/sociology at Ohio University. She was a proud Bobcat and Pi Beta Phi alumna.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Virginia (Schoen) McDonald; and her husband of almost 50 years, Jerry Wertz.
She is survived by her only child, Jennifer Wertz of Sandusky, as well her extensive “chosen family,” her “adopted kids,” and the numerous
stray cats and dogs she rescued and cherished.
There will be a wake honoring Sherry’s life noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at her home, 104 E. Delaware Trail, Bay View.
Memorial contributions may be made to Back to the Wild or to Stein Hospice.