Sherry A. Macfarlane

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died March 19, 2020

Sherry Ann Macfarlane, age 57 of Gladstone, passed away surrounded by her family, Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2020, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Sherry was born March 7, 1963, in Escanaba, the daughter of Lawrence and Joan (Severinsen) Murray. She was raised in Bark River and was a 1981 graduate of Bark River-Harris High School. Following high school, Sherry went on to attend Bay de Noc Community College where she received her Associates Degree in Computer Aided Design.

On September 4, 1993, Sherry was united in marriage to the love of her life, Michael Macfarlane, at the former St. George Catholic Church in Bark River, and together the couple built their home and raised their family in Gladstone.
Sherry had many interests and was never bored. Her main focus in life was her family. She often said the best decision she ever made and the best years of her life were the years staying home to raise their children. Sherry loved to be in the woods. She enjoyed the many camping trips with her family and most recently she designed a major addition to their cottage on Stevens Lake. Sherry also loved to be creative. She was a wonderful painter and painted many beautiful pictures for her family members. She was a skilled photographer and was always in search of the perfect picture. She was a Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troop, she was a Cub Scout leader for her son’s den and also helped guide her son during his journey to becoming an Eagle Scout. She enjoyed working on her flowers, scrapbooking, interior decorating and even became a mentor for the Gladstone Bravebots so she could spend more time with her husband.
She was always faithful to God. She was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church where she taught CCD for a number of years and donated much time to her church. During the time she was sick she never questioned God, but always believed he had a plan for her.
She was the kindest, most gentle person you could imagine. Her smile was warm and bright. Her laugh was so cute. Her passion was taking care of her family and giving back to our world. She will be deeply missed.
Sherry worked as a kitchen designer for Pioneer Kitchens, a technical illustrator for Valmet/Sisu, but her working years were primarily spent at Anderson, Tackman & Company, CPAs in Escanaba. She concluded her career as a teacher’s aide at Cameron School in Gladstone where she loved working with her students.

In addition to her loving husband Michael and her parents Lawrence and Joan, Sherry is survived by their son Ian, daughter Lauren, brother Timothy (Shelli) Murray of Gladstone and Thomas (Mary) Murray of Bark River, mother-in –law, Arlene Macfarlane of Gladstone, sister-in-law, Jennifer (Obadias) Marquez of Ooltewah, Tennessee and brother-in-law, Scott Macfarlane of Schoolcraft, Michigan. She is also survived by numerous wonderful nieces and nephews.

Sherry was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Gary Macfarlane and sister-in-law, Sheila Macfarlane.

Visitation will be held privately at the Skradski Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone, officiated by Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski . Sherry will be laid to rest in the spring in Fernwood Cemetery. Friends and family will be invited to gather this summer to honor the life of Sherry Macfarlane. Additional details will be forthcoming. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with the arrangements.

24 Tributes for “Sherry A. Macfarlane

    Sherry, you were such an amazing lady!! I had the honor to be your sister-in-law for 10 years. I feel truly blessed that you were in my life!! Fly high beautiful Lady!!! You are now pain free and walking the Streets of Glory!!! You will be greatly missed!!!!

    Oh Sherry, I shall miss that beautiful smile. But I thank God that I met you and could count you as a friend! I shall miss seeing you here and there, but know that I won’t forget that beautiful smile.

    We will truly miss Sherry. She was a wonderful, caring person. Her obituary was beautifully written and presented her in the way she would have been proud of. May you find strength in her memory.

    Mike and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Sherry. I did not know she was ill. The Gladstone area has lost a wonderful person. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. May your wonderful memories of Sherry sustain you in this time of grief and may they help to ease the burden of her loss.

    Dear Mike ,
    Please accept our sincerest sympathy , for your entire family , and Sherrys family also .
    Her bright smile and giving heart will always be with you , your son , and your daughter .
    May God blanket you all in His Love and Peace during this difficult time
    Tammy ( Bowden) Pepin & family

    Mike and family I’m so sorry to hear the passing of Sherry she’s such a loving caring person I’m glad to say I got yo meet her and even go on a Vacation with the two of you.My heart goes out to all of you

    Arlene,Jennifer and Obi
    So sorry to read of Sherry’s passing, she was always so pleasant to chat with.
    Fred and I extend our sympathy to your entire family.
    Hopefully will get to see you this coming summer. Ada

    Sherry, you were such a special lady and I always loved the smile you shared with everyone. Your journey on earth gave you many challenges, but you never gave up the battle until our precious Jesus said it was time to rest in his arms. We will miss you so much, but you now have a healthy heavenly body given to you by the Master of all. Amen and God Bless You.

    Mike and family,
    You have our deepest sympathy . Sherry always had a beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed by everyone who new her.
    Larry & Dorell Kirschner

    I only knew Sherry for a short time while working and Anderson & Tackman, CPA., wow what a wonderful person she was.
    It was such a pleasure seeing her smiley face here at First Presbyterian Church’s Annual Salad Luncheon.
    May the Lord cover you in his arms and hold you there till you meet us again.
    Prayer and sympathy to your family and especially to your parent, Larry and Joan Murray.

    Deepest Sympathy to the Murray/Macfarlane family. I grew up, went to school with Murray family. Sherry was always so sweet and kind a smile and hello every time I saw her. hugs to you all.

    I am so very sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful soul. It’s so very sad we as neighbors did not know about this courageous battle. We are deeply saddened. If you need anything, please let us know. God Bless you all!

    Mike, Ian, Lauren, Joan and Larry
    Our deepest sympathy to the loss of Sherry! She was such a smart, creative, caring, and giving person. She will be missed so very much! God bless to your whole family. Lots of love ❤️

    I was so saddened to hear about Sherry’s passing. We grew up together in Bark River. Our first day of Kindergarten, our mothers put us on the bus together. I will always remember her gentleness, kindness and smile. She had the sweetest way of talking to people and always made you feel special. She was raised by amazing parents and married a wonderful man. I am praying for all of her loved ones.

    Mike, we were saddened to hear of Sherry’s passing. Our hearts go out to you and your family. She was a kind and gentle person. May God be with you all.

    I never had the privilege of knowing Sherry personally. Through my friendship with Joan’s sister I have know Joan for many years and my condolences are to be shared with Joan’s with whole family. I know Sherry must have been a wonderful person who was loved by all who knew her. She now has reached her full glory in the full presence of the Lord. My love and prayers to all.

    I did not Sherry personally. Through Joan’s sister I have known Joan for many years. Though I did not know Sherry, I feel like she was loved by all who knew her. She has now reached her full glory in the presence of our Lord. My prayers are with all who loved her.

    Macfarlan and Murray families. Our sincere sympathies in your loss. May you find comfort in the days to come that Sherri is in the arms of our heavenly father and totally at peace.

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