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Joanne Sherry


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Joanne Sherry Obituary
Sherry, Joanne
Joanne Sherry, "JoJo" to many, passed away unexpectedly at her home on September 5, 2016. She was born Joanne Ruth Haerle on April 30, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio to parents Robert and Arlene (Boyer) Haerle. Joanne graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1953. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John Sherry. Joanne made Phoenix her home in 1968, and she loved this city, its activities, and its weather. Joanne was full of life, with a ready smile, an easy laugh, and a kind word always. Joanne loved movies and concerts from Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Costner to Fleetwood Mac and Adele. Joanne loved sports, especially football, basketball, baseball, and tennis. She cheered, shouted, and whooped her enthusiastic support, whether in the stands at a Mercury game or in her armchair watching Ohio State play on TV. Joanne loved animals. She traveled the country for two decades working for PetSmart. She was an avid supporter of trap, neuter, and return for feral cats; she raised, named, fed, and loved more than a dozen homeless felines around her home. Above all, Joanne loved her family and her friends. She was her best and happiest when she was sharing a laugh with friends, offering encouragement and support, or visiting and cheering with family at their kids' ball games and swim meets. Joanne is survived by her beloved son, Scott Hawkins; her sister, Barbara Haerle Restille (Donald); her nieces and nephew, Beth Restille Kearns (Wynn), Cathy Restille Howarth (Tim), Jill Restille Kocher (Eric), and Donn & Kymberly Restelli; her great nieces Olivia Kearns, Julia, Audra, and Rachel Kocher, and Kortney Restelli; her great nephews Timothy, Clint, and Dylan Howarth, Tanner and Mason Kearns, and Dalton and Zane Restelli. Cherished mother, sister, aunt, and friend--you left us too soon. But your love is imprinted on our hearts and our lives, and we are blessed. We will love and miss you always. Joanne's life will be celebrated Saturday, September 17, at 3:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1500 West Maryland Avenue, Phoenix. Please send donations in lieu of flowers to Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic, www.alteredtails.org/donate.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 14, 2016
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