Gladys Kathleen Sherman, 84, of Grawn, passed away Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at Munson Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Gladys was born on Aug. 26, 1932 in Merrill to Joseph and Sarah (Dean) Otway.
She married her high school sweetheart, Duane Sherman, Oct. 25, 1952 in Midland. She first met Duane in the first grade and it truly was love at first sight.
Gladys was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She lovingly raised her eight children and was affectionately called "GG" by her great-grandchildren.
Gladys also worked at the Whitmore-Rexall Drug Store, Sunshine Kids clothing store and was the "lunch lady" at St. Mary's of Hannah school for many years.
Gladys will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Gladys is survived by her children, Debra Sherman, Gail (Roger) Yanska, Greg (Jeanette) Sherman, Matt (Patty) Sherman, Deana (Jerry) Walls, Kimberly (Vincent) Currier, Bryon (Viola) Sherman and Ellen (Timothy) Wrede; grandchildren, Sara Yanska, Amanda Yanska, Jessica (Patrick) Zionskowski, Coleman (Bobbie Lynn) Sherman, Aaron Marie (Abraham) Bagley, Hayley Sherman, Maggie-Jo Sherman, Jack (Lisa) Walls, Kathleen Walls, Carrie Walls, Trevor Currier, Connor Currier, David Sherman and Rachael Sherman; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Patricia Polous, Margaret (Peg) Postma and Robert (Joanne) Otway; and many other loving family members and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Sherman; parents, Joseph and Sarah Otway; and siblings, Joseph Otway, Ellen Mayer, Donna Polmanteer, Sr. Mary Otway, Leo Otway, John "Jack" Otway and Thomas Otway.
Visitation for Gladys will take place Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m., with a rosary recitation at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Father Greg McCallum will officiate services.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy are encouraged to direct contributions to the Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings St., Traverse City, MI 49686; St. Mary's Hannah School, 2912 W. M-113, Kingsley, MI 49649; or St. Patrick Catholic Church, 630 West Silver Lake Road S., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Gladys with her family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on August 27, 2017