Barbara Friedman Sherman, 79, died unexpectedly on March 22, 2021 at her home in Stonington Connecticut. Born in Boston Massachusetts on October 30, 1942, the daughter of the late Aryeh and Helen Friedman of Brookline Massachusetts. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts and her family enjoyed each summer during her childhood in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Barbara attended University of Buffalo and later graduated from Pine Manor College then obtained her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She spent many years fulfilling her passion of helping and serving others working as a licensed social worker in Home Hospice settings and for the Veteran's Administration in both Bedford Massachusetts and Providence Rhode Island. Barbara was a devoted and loving Mother & Nana who enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family. She was incredibly proud of her three children and was equally proud and adored her five grandchildren, making every effort to be actively involved in all of their school projects, sports events, swim meets as well as day to day activities. Barbara never missed the opportunity to call her grandchildren to say hello, hear their voices and do what she did best- listen and offer good sound advice. She lived over 35 years brining up her family in Needham, Massachusetts then lived in West Roxbury Massachusetts, Lincoln Rhode Island and finally moved to Stonington Connecticut so she could be closer to her grandchildren. Barbara was an avid reader, bird watcher, always had music on and enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors. In her younger years she was very athletic, loved playing tennis and skiing. She enjoyed the challenge of jigsaw puzzles and tremendously enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She continued the passion and appreciation for fine antiques that carried on from her mother Helen Friedman who owned Northline Antiques. Barbara had the special knack to spark up a conversation with anyone, even a stranger, and her compassionate drive to help others unconditionally was a remarkable quality she will be remembered for. In her earlier years, she was actively involved in her children's classrooms, drama clubs, music groups and sports teams. She was active at Temple Beth Shalom during her time living in Needham and in the local League of Women Voters efforts. She spent many years supporting and playing an important role in the Compassionate Friends Organization after the tragic loss of their young daughter Nina. Barbara spent years giving back helping other grieving parents and families. Barbara's pride and joy was her family; being a mom and grandmother was what defined her and was by far what brought her the most joy each day of her life. Barbara is survived by her three children, Bradley Sherman and his wife, Rachel, of Stonington Connecticut Nancy Logel and her husband, Christopher, of Stonington Connecticut and Michael Sherman of North Providence, Rhode Island; five grandchildren, Benjamin, Kathryn, Emma, Veronica and Fiona. Her former husband Ely Sherman, daughter, Nina Ann Sherman and a grandson, Thomas Matthew Logel, predeceased her. She is also survived by her siblings Richard Friedman, Sarabeth Friedman, and Ann Friedman, along with nephews Alex Friedman and David Gottlieb, and niece Emily Gottlieb along with devoted cousins she was very close to. Private Burial Services will take place at Sharon Memorial Park, Dedham Street in Sharon Massachusetts (781)-828-7216. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barbara Sherman can be made to The Compassionate Friends Organization. The Compassionate Friends (TCF) which is a national, nonprofit grief support organization, offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families after the death of a child, grandchild, brother or sister of any age, from any cause. Your thoughtful donation allows us to provide essential emotional support and realize our vision that everyone who needs us will find us, and everyone that finds us will be helped. Donations in Barbara's name can be made by using the TCF donation electronic link, by phone or by mail. An acknowledgment letter can be sent to you when you provide your name. The Compassionate Friends, 48660 Pontiac Trail, #930808, Wixom, MI 48393, (877) 969-0010, https://www. compassionatefriends.org/
Published by The Brookline Tab from Mar. 30 to Apr. 1, 2021.