Mary Sherlach
Abriola Parkview Funeral Home
419 White Plains Rd
Trumbull, CT
Sherlach, Mary J.
Mary J. Greene Sherlach, age 56, beloved wife of William Sherlach of Trumbull, died on Friday, December 14, 2012. Born in Endicott, NY on February 11, 1956, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Annetta Corgiat Greene. Always interested in helping others, Mary received a Bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY Cortland and a Master's degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She started her career working in psychiatric facilities in New York. Her work as a school psychologist began in North Haven and Redding. In 1994 she started her work at Sandy Hook Elementary School, doing what she termed "God's work" by helping children who needed her the most. Mary is remembered as a loving wife and mother, and a caring soul who was always there to lend an ear or a shoulder to someone in need. In addition to her husband Bill of 31years, she leaves two loving daughters, Maura Lynn Schwartz and her husband Eric of NJ and Katy S. Sherlach of VA, two brothers, Joseph Greene and his wife Kelty of CO, Dennis Greene of FL, two sisters, Jane Dougherty and her husband Timothy of CO and Suzanne Connors and her husband Dale of CO. Friends are invited to meet directly in St. Stephen Church, 6948 Main St., Trumbull on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for a Memorial Mass. Committal will be private. Friends may greet the family on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in The Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Fund for Health and Wellness, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851 to continue her work with children and mental health. To light a virtual candle, visit us at

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Can't believe another Christmas is coming without you. Take care of yourself.....
November 30, 2019
Thinking of Mary today. She has been deeply missed.
August 13, 2019
In loving memory of a Sandy Hook school psychologist. Mary did not die in vain that cold December day..
Alex Lai
July 2, 2019
December 6, 2017
Valenda Newell
June 20, 2017
Mary may you rest in gods loving arms together.
May 1, 2017
I knew Mary at SUNY Cortland when she was Mary Greene. We were in the same Psychology classes. I live in CT now too, but never pursued psychology as a profession, as Mary obviously did. Such a tragedy.
Keith Elliott
April 24, 2017
RIP Mary. The world still remembers.
Larry Manch
June 16, 2016
December 13, 2015
love you jimmy
November 20, 2015
a candle for mary
August 7, 2015
happy valentines day
February 12, 2015
Happy early birthday Mary! May God bless your family and give them peace and joy in their memories of you.
February 10, 2015
twenty six this sunday ,love jimmy
December 10, 2014
happy thanksgiving ,jimmy
November 21, 2014
June 28, 2014
I love you for what you did i may have not known you but you sound so wonderful and brave and for that i really already love you.
angel sarinana
June 12, 2014
marcia clement
May 2, 2014
prayers are with the family that day did not need to take place she thougt of the kids over her self that was brave to do that she well always be known a hero
marcia clement
May 1, 2014
love jimmy
April 19, 2014
Thinking of you and wishing you a happy birthday. God bless your family and give them peace.
February 11, 2014
Let There Be Peace On Earth!!

The World Misses Your Passion!!!

As well as Your Advocacy, for Kids More Than You Know!!!
January 4, 2014
Bella B
January 1, 2014
Bella B
December 25, 2013
For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones (Hebrews 6:10). Mary will never be forgotten for all the work she did for her community and especially those sweat little ones in her care. May God continue to strengthen your family in these “times hard to deal with” (2Tim 3:1), especially without a beloved one such as Mary Sherlach.
December 14, 2013
Thank you Mary for your bravery. You are truly an Angel. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.
karen imbimbo
December 14, 2013
How Christ like,Her actions were. When Jesus was on the earth, everything He did as the messiah was for others, even coming to the earth was for the sake of mankind(John 3:16).May you the family find peace. FWJ Jr.
December 14, 2013
Remembering beautiful Mary and keeping her and the Sherlach family in my heart and in my prayers today and every day. Love always wins.
Mary Kinsley
December 14, 2013
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
December 13, 2013
God bless you and your family. Our hearts are broken for all the families.
D See
December 13, 2013
To the Sherlach Family,
Thinking of you and your family every day especially at this time of year. May you find peace this holiday season. We as a nation are still deeply affected by what happened and we will never forget.
The Chermansky Family
Cumberland Indiana
November 27, 2013
to the sherlack family and friends.may our father in heaven.bring you comfort this holiday season.and on the 14th my thoughts and prayers will be with you on the 14th .when you lost the hero now angel year ago.god bless you all.
bella b
November 26, 2013
It can be so hard to face the first year without Mary , but God can give you all the strength you need to carry you through. He is aware of your pain and whatever you are going through emotionally. .. let him help you he knows what you need. (Jeremiah 29:12) . . .And YOU will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to YOU. . .
November 25, 2013
let the piece and christ be with you im so sorry that happened
sarah oaks
October 8, 2013
god bless mary family and friends.
bella b
October 1, 2013
‘Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to persons like them.' Then Jesus takes the children in his arms, and blesses them. (Mt 19:13-15) Isn't it good to know that Jesus loves little children?
We must continue to cherish our little ones like Jesus before tragedy takes them away.
September 29, 2013
We will never forget
June 14, 2013
June 5, 2013
Somehow I've known that Mary was a Very Special Person in my own mind that goes clear back to the Sixth Grade of Parochial School. With me not realizing that it was Mary that was involved in the Sandy Hook Tragedy; and not really knowing because I hadn't seen the mentioning Her Maiden name has crushed me. My thoughts also goes out to Dennis, and all of Her Family now and till the end of time. I bare such sorrow knowing that Mary truly was a wonderful human being; someone that you could Truely Love and Respect! I hope to meet up with Her once again.
Craig Tegeler
June 3, 2013
mary was a hero.god bless marys family and friends.
May 8, 2013
To Mary's family. I apologize for getting this to you late in memory of Mary's birthday. I hope this poem will give you a little bit of peace and comfort. You are in my prayers daily. God bless you!

In Memory of Mary Sherlach
February 11, 2013

It takes someone very special to understand the problems of a child
Someone like Mary Sherlach whose manner with them was ever so mild.

She watched each child who crossed her path
An abused one brought on her personal wrath.

To help them cope with everyday strife
To protect them from the forces of evil was her life.

She loved each Sandy Hook child as if they were her own
To carry their heart-felt burdens she was prone.

The proof is there when she gave her life trying to protect these precious gems
It only befitting that she enters the gates of heaven with them.

With Jesus sitting there smiling with His arms open wide
Saying, "Welcome Mary, you're home now, so come on inside".

So the life of Mary Sherlach let us celebrate
The woman who had the ability, with all classes of people, to communicate.

Through her family and friends her memory will live on as will her spirit and character
And through them she will be remembered from now ‘til ever after.

So let me leave you with one last thought
To help cope when feeling lonely and distraught.

It's okay to weep for Mary whom you loved so much
It's okay to need to see her smile and yearn for her loving touch.

It's okay to show anger and shed a river of tears
It's all part of the healing process to help cope with the loneliness and fears.

So bow your head in the most earnest prayer and say
Thank you dear God, ‘ere the time be so short, for sending her my way.”

Donna Branson
613 Rebel Ridge Rd.
South Chesterfield, VA 23834
May 7, 2013
April 6, 2013
April 5, 2013
mary i am sorry i miss your birthday ,happy birthday,love jimmy
james havens
March 20, 2013
mary i have made a rock cairn,and i have put a rock on it as a memorial to you ,love jimmy
james havens
March 8, 2013
Just wanted to say your family is still in my prayers. God bless you all.
Cynthia Lavender, Greensboro Alabama
February 26, 2013
My DEAREST Mrs. Sherlach, you ARE AND SHALL EVER BE MY HERO! If I am EVER in your situation, I TRULY HOPE that I respond as you did on December 14, 2012. You BRAVELY RAN TOWARD a young man who was SO LOST that you never got the chance to TRULY HELP HIM! You are now a Guardian Angel to ALL the precious babies called Home that day along with your fellow colleagues who are ALSO Guardian Angels! You are a CONSUMMATE PSYCHOLOGIST and EDUCATOR in ALL TRUE SESNSES of the WORDS! May God continue comforting ALL your family and friends until they join you in Heaven one day! I SHALL NEVER FOREGET YOU!

With deepest sympathy NOW AND FOREVER,
Lisa Swanzy
February 26, 2013
Dearest Mary .. Your unwavering courage and beautiful heart rises above the sadness of this world and inspires. With total selfless Love you saved so many of your schools' children and your colleagues' that day as you and your brave principal walked toward the ultimate of wrongdoing. God bless and keep you and the beautiful Sandy Hook Angels you look after in heaven. God bless and keep safe your beautiful earthly family.. quiet and calm their sorrow, especially in the late hours, so they may hear your loving whispers, feel your warm and assuring presence, and know you shall all be eternally reunited in His love, as you never have been truly apart. Bless your sweet spirit Mary. Loving prayers for you and your wonderful family ..

Love jayne mobley & family
jayne mobley
February 17, 2013
Mary, our church began Lent last night with each of us receiving a cross with a person to pray extra for. I'm praying for you and your family and friends. It became obvious to me very quickly what a wonderful and caring person you are. Please continue to watch over the children and your family and friends as I know you love to do so much.
Shawn, Rochester, NY (near the Finger Lakes)
February 14, 2013
Love to Mary's family and friends.
February 10, 2013
Mary, we are forever grateful for the sacrifices that you had made on that tragic day. RIP
February 8, 2013
Mary, Keep the children safe with your angel wings. To the family, May you find peace in knowing Mary was a hero trying to keep the children safe. Not a day goes by that I don't think of all of you and pray for you. May God bless you and keep you safe and strong.
Marc Cormier
February 1, 2013
A delightful educator and friend to all. Rest in peace, as you cling to the Lord.
Our condolences to your family and friends.
Margery and Michael Solomon
February 1, 2013
I will pray every day for your family's loss of Mary. God bless you as you grieve this significant loss. He will put you in perfect peace eventually. I will pray in the meantime.
Ellen Robinson
January 30, 2013
What a lovely lady you must have been. This world will miss your kindness, gentleness and dedication to the children at Sandy Hook Elementary and everyone who you ministered to. God Bless your family. May God surround them with His love and tenderness at this time.
Dr. and Mrs. Gregory Enas
January 25, 2013
RIP Mary, I did not know you but you died trying to save the children. My thoughts and prayers goes out to your family and all of the other victims families. My heart goes out to you. God Bless you. RIP angels.
Laura Mullins
January 21, 2013
rest in peace xoxoxox
Snowden Family
January 19, 2013
very sorry,i have sign all the guest books,this is the last one.words are getting hard to say ,so much much jimmy
james havens
January 18, 2013
I want to honor the sacrifice she made as a School Psychologist, supporting the children who needed most. School Psychologists throughout the nation are sharing this message; and are taking a moment to reflect the value and impact of such a commitment to our children. Im truly sorry for your loss.
Lisa Barcelos, School Psychologist
January 17, 2013
RIP Mary. You are truly a hero.
January 15, 2013
God bless you Mary! May your star shine brightly in heaven forever more and may God bless you for doing whatever you could to protect the children in your care. And may he comfort and bless your family abundantly for their great loss of a beloved family member.
Alfred & Irina Romo
January 15, 2013
Where was she laid to rest? I would like to lay flower on her behalf.
January 15, 2013
May peace and healing be with your family
January 15, 2013
Sending you all my love and prayers.
January 12, 2013
Rest in Peace Mary. Our deepest heartfelt condolences for Mary's loved ones. It was so obvious that she loved those children so dearly. She was a true hero. I pray God brings comfort and peace to her loved ones during this very difficult time and always. Mary's memory will live in our hearts forever more.
Darryl, Diana & Seth McGill
January 9, 2013
Bless your family and Mary. She was a very caring, beautiful lady, and brave.

My thoughts and prayers to your family.

Mary will not be forgotten in my thoughts for her love for humanity.
Jo Ragsdale
January 8, 2013
I walked a mile for you (mile #23) on 1/6/13 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
January 7, 2013
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious love one, Mary. Please accept our thoughts and heartfelt prayers at this difficult time. As you reflect on the life of Mary think about how much she loved her family and her job. She was very brave, looking out for the children. Cherish her precious memories. Much to your family and the families of the other victims. PS.147:3 God heals the brokenhearted ones.
January 7, 2013
It is my prayer that as time passes happy memories will replace some of the sadness in your hearts. May God cover you with His wings and comfort you.
Kathy Goodwin
January 7, 2013
May God bless her spirit and the families and friends find peace and happiness <3
January 6, 2013
Your spirit is still with us. Love
January 6, 2013
Thinking of you and your children on this very special day. You and Dawn will always will be a known as a HERO, around the world.
Forever in our HEARTS!
January 3, 2013
You can tell she was a loving soul just by her eyes
January 3, 2013
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved Mary, R.I.P. Mary
kate morrill
January 2, 2013
Alice Guckian Queen
January 2, 2013
I'm so glad that Mary was able to work doing something she loved. What an important job she had helping those in need. I am so sorry for her family and the kids who won't be able to benefit from her talents.
Patty Berube Smith
December 31, 2012
Mary's bravery has touched me deeply and has made me want to be better person; more loving, nurturing, a protector. I pray for the family and friends, hoping that you will look to God for understanding, comfort, and peace.
December 31, 2012
My babies are 5 and 7, and I teach elementary school. Thank you for rushing to protect the children, you are a hero to all of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
December 31, 2012
I'm praying for the broken hearted of this world.
Kathleen Curnyn
December 31, 2012
You and the Principal, teacher's, Police Officers EMS. Fire Department, Partents helping each person,
Our hearts are with you and froever will be.God Bless You Miss Mary & Dawn and all the teachers. We stand behind you from all over America, and out of the country. God Bless you and your families.
Concern Citizens
December 30, 2012
To The Shelach Family -

I am sorry for your loss. Mary is a hero of extraordinary measure and depths. She did what a mother would have done for her own children, protect them. But this was for those she was responsible for.

Keep Mary in your heart - where she has been always. This gives respect to her memory, and you will never have lost her.

With Love, Care, and Prayer.
g blase
December 30, 2012
Your courage and love has touched the world.

Love and prayers from Australia for everyone left missing you.
Kate and Maia Woolard
December 30, 2012
I think of you all often and pause and fill my heart with love and comfort and send to all of you. I will continue....
pam dennison
December 28, 2012
we made a santa face with your name on it,and hung it on our tree.Where it will hang every year from now on.You will not be forgotton.
cindy smith
December 28, 2012
The loss of Mary Sherlach has brought caring people around the world to their knees, we share in your tears, your loss and your grief. May time heal your sorrow and pain and may her memory give you comfort and joy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

the Schopper family, MN
December 28, 2012
Mary is still doing God's work - in heaven with the little ones. I am so sorry for her loved ones, but I hope you can take comfort in the wonderful life she lived and the hero that died. God bless you.
Christine G.
December 28, 2012
She was and did God's work all the way to the end. Thank God for folks like her.
Tami B
December 28, 2012
Lastnight i just thought about all the children and i cried. Whats this world coming to? Like everyone else this event has taken its toll on me emotionaly. It had me questioning god and everything else. I went to bed upset and in my dreams the women mary was standing there in a cream colored off white dress pants with a matching blazer looking imaculately dressed just smiling at me like i should smile to. I dont remember dreams much but this one seemed real and i took comfort in it and wanted to share it. My prayers go out to her family.
December 28, 2012
December 28, 2012
I want to offer my sympathies to Mary who is a true hero and someone i respect greatly.I hope one day I will be able to join her and she is severely missed.
Joey Ientile
December 28, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Heather Jones
December 27, 2012
Thank you for your courage and love.
December 27, 2012
You sacrificed yourself for the children, God Bless you and your family!
Wendy Hunter
December 27, 2012
My heart goes out to Bill and all of Mary's family. I have many wonderful memories of Mary as a roommate and housemate at Cortland. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Becky Ellsworth-Severcool
December 26, 2012
Our Families Hearts pours out to the Sherlach Family. As we did not know Mary, We did know her husband and her in-laws. May you rest in Peace, God Bless.
Nielsen family
December 26, 2012
the words are still repeted we need more people like u on earth from earth ur vessal was took n our harts u will always stay
mary spikerman
December 26, 2012
Our heart's go out to your family for your loss.
Jessica & Nick Vaca
December 26, 2012
Mary, rest in heavenly peace.
Dotte Wallace
December 26, 2012
I am so sorry and deeply saddened by the loss of your
beautiful wife and mother. Mary was an Angel here on earth,
helping others the best way she knew how. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Beth Kovacs
December 26, 2012
We are so very sorry for your loss.
Rita & John Jensen
December 26, 2012
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