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Patricia J. Sherman

1942 - 2014 STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. On Feb. 5, 2014, Pat Sherman left the earth she loved so well. Born downstate, daughter of the late Lucille and Maury Medwick, she always knew there must be a place where she could live freely and unpretentiously, and once she found that place, she never left. She was an idealist and a realist who understood that the wilderness, where she made her home, had to be respected and fought for. She was a fighter through and through. She had little use for the things most people worried about; possessions, luxuries, and even conveniences like electricity, but could love a tree to distraction, and would go to any lengths to protect the creatures of the woods, many of which she rescued during her many years as a wildlife rehabilitator. It was not unusual for her to call a wild raccoon by name and see it come to her door. Her grandchildren remember how much fun it was to be with her, and remember her for her wicked sense of humor. In recent years, she ran her antique shop, in New Lebanon, with the honest warmth, courtesy, and cheerfulness she brought to her family, friends and the community that meant so much to her. Pat was too unsentimental to want to hear compliments like these, but those who loved her can't hold them back now. She leaves behind her children, Kelly Striefler, of New Hampton, N.Y., Bill Smith, of Stephentown, and Kevin Smith, of New Lebanon; her sisters, Su Egen of Tucson, Ariz., and Cathy Medwick of Somers, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Katelyn, Kimberly, Martin (M.J.), Freling, Jessica, Candy, Linda, Michelle, William Jr., Jeanie, and Kevin Jr. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends are invited to gather for refreshments, and to celebrate Pat's life at Smitty's Restaurant on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 1 to 3 p.m.

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 15, 2014
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