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Sherry A. Penwell

Sherry A. Penwell, age 66, of Celeryville and lifelong Willard area resident, died early Monday morning, August 8, 2016 at The Willows at Willard after a strong fight with cancer.

Sherry was born July 7, 1950, in Elyria, Ohio, the daughter of the late Galen and Janice J. (Atyeo) Penwell. She graduated from Willard High School in 1968. Immediately following, she began a career at Shelby Mutual Insurance, a job that Sherry often reminisced about and truly loved. While at Shelby Mutual, Sherry moved through several different departments as an Administrative Assistant and Executive Secretary. It was there that she made many wonderful memories and many friends, some of whom she continued to have dinner with once a month. Following the closing of Shelby Mutual, Sherry began working at the Huron County Treasurer’s office from where she retired in 2014.

Sherry had several hobbies. She was a voracious reader, keeping a list of how many books she read throughout a year, and fondly would brag about how many she had read. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting, making blankets and quilts for her family, and also enjoyed putting together puzzles. Sherry, above all of her other hobbies, loved to bake and shared what she baked, especially when she found a new recipe she liked. Celebrating holidays and birthdays were high on Sherry’s priority list. She never missed a family member’s birthday treat, no matter what the age, and always took her niece and nephews to dinner for each of their birthdays, never missing one. Although she hosted Easter at her home each year and got great joy in hiding Easter eggs and gifts for her family to hunt, her favorite holiday and time of the year was Christmas. From gift giving and receiving to cookie and candy making, the Christmas season filled her with much joy.

Sherry was a woman of great faith and was an active member of New Haven United Methodist Church. She was the church treasurer for many years and had been the secretary of the Livewire Sunday school class. She was always more than prepared for any meal the church prepared for, often bringing, several pies, salads and side dishes. Above all else, her love for our God was great.

To Sherry, her family was very important and she always showed them love in her own way. Surviving are: 3 brothers and sisters-in-law: Jeff Penwell of Willard, Jon and Marty Penwell of Shelby, and Jim and Connie Penwell of Norwalk; 2 nephews and a niece: Colton and Maddie Penwell of Shelby, Jake Penwell of Shelby, and Melany Penwell of Willard; an aunt: Kathleen Buurma of Celeryville; and a host of cousins and other relatives. Sherry is also survived by many faithful friends who treated her with so much love and took excellent care of her when she needed them the most. Sherry loved to reminisce about times past especially with her mom and grandma. Her reunion in heaven with her parents and grandparents is certain to be joyous.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Visitors are also welcome on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 10-11 AM at New Haven United Methodist Church, 2644 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio, where funeral services will be held at 11 AM. Pastor Bob James, her pastor, will officiate and burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Linda Wills says:

    My sympathies to all of the Penwell families. I’m so sorry for your loss of such a great lady.

  2. Tricia Palmer Tarr says:

    Sherry….many fond memories of you that I will cherish always. Rest in peace. Tell everyone hello for us. Love you. Your cousin….Trish

  3. Deb & Mike Kovach says:

    We are so sorry for your loss..our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family..may god bless you all

  4. Bill and Margie Martin says:

    Our sympathy to all ! Sorry for your loss!

  5. Pam Ulery says:

    Thinking of you. She sounds like a wonderful woman through reading her obituary.

  6. Cindy Bevier Trimner says:

    So sorry for your loss of this sweet selfless lady. I know you will miss her so very much. May your wonderful memories bring you peace.

  7. Mary Rickman says:

    Very sorry for your loss…

  8. Judy Caporini says:

    Sympathy and prayers to family and friends! I loved to hear Sherry laugh when working with her at “the Mutual”. Heaven has gained an angel!

  9. Lu & Michael J Radebaugh says:

    Our deepest condolences, so very sorry for your loss .

  10. Pam Sweeney says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Sherry was a wonderful person easy to get along with and a joy to work with at the “Mutual” or Shelby Insurance so kind and humble, and caring I will forever remember her,. Jake, she honestly reminds me of you and did not know you were related just a very sweet person just remember all and cherish your times together in reading she was a very caring and supportive person to the family just like her work ethics. God Bless you all during this time,


  11. Ron and Linda Spangler says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry we did not have the privilege of knowing such a fine person.

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