Kerry Youngstrom
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Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home
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Scituate, MA
Kerry Anne (Shortall) Youngstrom passed away peacefully at her home on October 30, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at age 54. She is the devoted wife of Scott M. Youngstrom and beloved mother of Kimberly, Michael and Hayley. A lifelong dancer, Kerry was the owner and artistic director of Kerry Youngstroms Gotta Dance Studio in Duxbury, and the CentreStage Dance Company, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston's Teacher Training Course, majored in dance at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, and taught and performed with the Dance Forever Studio in Braintree since 1983. A long-standing Pembroke resident, Kerrys Centre- Stage Dance Company has performed annually at the Pembroke Arts Festival since 1989. Kerry grew up in Scituate and was an avid skier, Red Sox fan and active reunion committee member for the Scituate High School Class of 1977. Kerry has donated her time and talents to visit and perform annually at the Childrens Hospital in Boston and the Festival of Trees - for the Friends of Cranberry Hospice in Plymouth Massachusetts. Kerry is survived by her husband Scott; three children: Kimberly of New York, NY and Michael and Hayley Young- strom, both of Pembroke; her mother Marjorie Shortall of Pembroke, formerly of Scituate; and two siblings: James Shortall of Hampton, NH and Dianne OBrien of S. Weymouth. She is the daughter of the late Joseph Shortall. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 2-6PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd, Scituate. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Nov. 4 at 10AM at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 17 Church St, Hanover followed by burial in Groveland Cemetery, Scituate. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Kerry may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For information and online condolences www.richardsongaffeyfuneralhome.com. Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home 781-545-0196

Published by Duxbury Reporter from Nov. 2 to Nov. 8, 2013.
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September 30, 2017
May the family find peace through prayer. God will stay close to you and give you peace.
August 14, 2017
To The Family:
May you have peace as you recover from the loss of Kerry.
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September 7, 2016
I just found this out - so very sad to hear about Miss Kerry! We adored her and her wonderful dance school!
Missy, Nina & Emma Froio
March 31, 2014
All of us at Fontaine Academy of Dance would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Youngstrom family as well as all of the students and parents of Gotta Dance. Rest in Peace Miss Kerry
Fontaine Academy of Dance
November 21, 2013
Scott, Kimberly, Michael and Hayley,
There are no words to express our sorrow at the passing of Kerry. Please know you are all in our thoughts and in our prayers.
May the strength of our Lord and the strength of your family and friends hold you up during this difficult time.
With love from your Cousin Beth, Emil and our sons....
Beth Bartz Wepprich
November 13, 2013
We are thankful for the special girl that made our son happy. Kerry, we will miss you.

Cliff and Barbara Youngstrom
November 12, 2013
We are thankful for the loving girl that made our son happy. Kerry, we will miss you.

Cliff and Barbara Youngstrom
November 12, 2013
Scott, Kimberly, Michael and Hayley,

I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

Kerry's life was filled to the brim with the things that really mattered...above all was her love for her husband and children, and then, a close second, there was dance!

Kerry used all of the talents that God gave her and those who were fortunate enough to know her were truly enriched.

I am one of those fortunate ones.

You will remain in my heart always,
Greg Youngstrom
November 11, 2013
Scott, Kimberly, Michael, & Hayley-

Our hearts break for your loss. Kerry was a special part of our family. She lives on in our hearts & the sweet memories we share.

Love & deepest sympathy,
Pat & Larry Best
November 11, 2013
I am truly sorry for your loss.

May you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

How loving God is to console us with his promise of eternal life.~John 3:16.
May you continue to find comfort in His Word and one another.
Art
November 9, 2013
Please accept my deepest condolences. May God be with you and your family and you find great comfort and peace in Him during this difficult time. Prayers are with the family.
November 7, 2013
Dear Youngstom Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Kerry has been a very important part of our children's lives and we will remember her as a kind and loving teacher.
Sincerely,
The Leto Family
November 5, 2013
Uncle Scott, Kimi, Mike and Haley,
We are very sorry at the loss of Aunt Kerry, your loving wife and mom. She was such a vibrant person, and she is missed by all who knew her.
We are praying for you.
May the love and peace of Christ be with you all.
Love,
Lee Ann, Nick and family
Lee Ann Hitt
November 4, 2013
Scott & Family,
I just learned of Kerry's death and am so saddened by this news! She will always be remembered for her kindness, and heart as big as her smile. All three of my daughter's attended "Gotta Dance". Her patience and enthusiasm helped my daughter overcome shyness when she was younger.. how could anyone not want to be with Miss Kerry! Dancing was her passion, but it was obvious to everyone that met her that her family was her first love. She was always so proud of all of you. Scott, I would have been at the funeral had I heard earlier. You and your family are in my prayers.
Ginny Lund and family
November 4, 2013
To the Youngstrom family - you are in our thoughts and prayers. My daughter, Kristina, danced at Kerry's school for 9 years. Kerry had such a positive attitude and energy about her. She has influenced so many lives in the dance family through her kindness and love for dance. She will be in our memories with much fondness. God bless.
Lynn & Kristina W.
November 4, 2013
Our Love and Prayers to all.
The Murphy Family
November 4, 2013
My daughter danced with Miss Kerry at Gotta Dance Studio for 9 years. We will always remember how kind and caring she was with her dancers. The memory of dancing at Children's Hospital is a very special one. With our sympathy. Maureen and Emily Callahan
November 4, 2013
Scott and family, we were saddened to hear of the loss of Kerry. Our prayers and intentions are for you and for all those touched by Kerry.
Toby & Sheila Bedford
November 3, 2013
Scott & Family,

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Was completely taken aback when I heard the news. Being friends in high school and college I will always remember Kerry with that huge smile, passion for friends and an incredible love of dance. For me she will always be that person.

Please know you are all in my thoughts.

jay goulart
Jay Goulart
November 3, 2013
Miss Kerry,
I started dancing at your studio at the age of 3 and continued to for 15 more years. You created a place that wasn't just somewhere to go dance, it was a home, with a loving and caring family. I am so blessed to have known and been so influenced by such a beautiful and strong woman. You have helped shape who I am today and I will be forever thankful for that. I am so proud to be part of the Gotta Dance family legacy that you left behind for us. I am heartbroken that you had to leave us so soon, but I know that you are now a beautiful angel dancing in heaven. Miss Kerry, I love you and miss you. My thoughts and prayers are with the Youngstrom family and the dance family. I love you all so much and am sending lots of big hugs.
Jessica Jordan
November 3, 2013
My deepest condolences to your family
Marcia (Fitch) Watson
November 3, 2013
Scott, my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I danced with Kerry many years ago at Dance Forever and have wonderful memories of her fun and crazy choreography for musical comedy. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Paula (Moran) Sylvester
November 3, 2013
It is said that "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning how to Dance in the rain." Ms. Kerry exemplified this thought. Although she faced storm after storm, she danced through each and every one with courage, determination and a smile. To Ms. Kerry's family & friends: may it bring you comfort that she was loved by so many and I know she will always be by your sides to help you all dance through your lives. God Bless You Ms. Kerry and with each and every routine, you will always be dancing "Over My Head..."
Laura Anderson
November 3, 2013
Uncle Scott, Kimberly, Michael, and Hayley my heart and prayers go out to you during this very difficult time. Aunt Kerry was a wonderful woman who lived her life to the fullest and she will be missed by many.
Katie Best
November 3, 2013
Uncle Scott, Kimberly, Michael, and Hayley, you are all in my thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time. I'm sorry for your incredible loss. Sending my love your way.
Alaina Youngstrom
November 3, 2013
It is with so much sadness that my son David has told me of Miss Kerry's passing. David started dancing with Kerry 17 years ago and found so much happiness with his dancing family. My daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie also had the pleasure of learning the love of dance through Kerry. We will cherish the memories forever.

May God bless and be with you and your family during this sorrowful time.
Nancy Wilson
November 2, 2013
Scott, Kimi, Mike and Hayley,
Kerry was a caring, thoughtful and gracious lady. She loved her family and was very proud of each of you.
You are blessed to have some wonderful memories to cherish of your time with her. She was blessed to be loved so deeply by so many.
She will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead.
Sending hugs to each of you.
Amy Youngstrom
November 2, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Lori Bettencourt
November 2, 2013
Heaven must have needed an Angel. Words cannot express how heartbroken I am over the passing of one of the best friends to come into my life. I am honored and blessed to call Kerry my friend and my very talented dance teacher for 25 years. WE have shared SO much over the years (vacations, dance shows, dinners, parties). The list is endless. I will miss you dearly every day and hope I can find your strength and courage to get through the days ahead without you. You have a remarkable family that I love and I promised you on my last visit that the Dance Forever family would take care of each other through this difficult time. I am a better person because I knew you. Love you. Rest in Peace Miss Kerry.
Donna McConville
November 2, 2013
To the Youngstrom Family I met Kerry at Dance Forever in Braintree and will always remember her as a sweet, caring and thoughtful person. I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful woman.
Linda Turner
November 2, 2013
Miss Kerry was one of the first people we met when we moved to Duxbury 10 years ago and signed our daughter Andrea up for her first dance class. Over the years we've been so blessed to become part of the Gotta Dance family and it was only possible because of Miss Kerry. We are so sad to lose her now and so grateful for the gift of having her in our lives while we could. Thank you Miss Kerry and the Youngstrom family for creating such a wonderful second home for my daughter and all of Miss Kerry's dancers - a truly beautiful legacy.
Holly G
November 2, 2013
Kerry - A beautiful person who lived life to the fullest...a true inspiration to us all.
Scott, Kimberly, Michael and Hayley, My heart is with you today and always.
Pam Youngstrom
November 2, 2013
I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Youngstrom, but Mike is a dear friend of mine, and it is obvious in knowing him that he came from a beautiful family. May memories comfort you and bring you smiles through your tears. Much love and sympathy to all of you.
Norma Marotta Walsh
November 2, 2013
It is with great sadness I learned of Kerry's circumstance. My heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to Scott and the family. I only met her a couple of times and recall a visit to their house long ago and appreciated the hospitality and friendliness she and Scott showed me. May God bless.
Cousin Tom Bedford
Tom Bedford
November 2, 2013
I remember Kerry as a teen...sory for her families loss
Jean
November 2, 2013
Kerry, you will always be my hero. Love, Di
Dianne O
November 2, 2013
Miss Kerry gave my daughter the love of dance and I will forever be thankful for how much of an inspiration she was to all the little girls in her program. We'll miss her so much.
~Kate and Iris Pevzner
November 2, 2013
Scott, Kimberly, Michael, Hayley and all of Kerry's friends and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your hearts be peaceful knowing she touched so many lives and will never be forgotten.
Robin & Bill Dixon
November 2, 2013
I didn't know Kerry, but learned about her through Ellen's classes at Kerry's dance studio.

And I know from that that Kerry brought the joy and beauty of dance into many many lives.

Thank you, Kerry, for creating a lasting culture of dance in Duxbury, and in so many young lives.
carole bolsey
November 2, 2013
Kerry was a delightful neighbor in Scituate,MA and as a good friend of our daughter, Lizette, we watched her grow into a sweet, lovely young lady. We send our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and mother, Marge. We will always remember her sunny smile and fond memories of her will stay with us forever. May God bless you all and give you courage during these difficult days. Most fondly, Pat and Andre Panet-Raymond (Sarasota, Fl.)
November 2, 2013
Kerry, we are all heartbroken and will miss you so very much. We've known each other for many years and your smile and caring for people was always a big part of you. You will be remembered as a wonderful mother and a person who threw yourself into the things you believed in.
Through you I was fortunate to have met Scott, who is such a great guy, and your children are wonderful young adults. You will live on in each one of them and in the hearts of all who knew you.
I wish you peace and my thoughts go out to your family. All the best, Kerry.
Alan Smith
November 2, 2013
Kerry was a true lady, graceful, kind and lovely in all ways. I appreciate all her hard work on behalf of our SHS Class of '77. Her smile and optimism will be with us always. Sending prayers to her family.
Jane Mills Napolitano
November 2, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home
November 2, 2013
Aunt Kerry, I wish we could have spent more time together. I really enjoyed all of the times that you were in town and I got to see you. Uncle Scott, Kimberly, Michael, and Hayley, sending all my love your way during this difficult time. I love you all <3
Emily Youngstrom
November 1, 2013
To Kerry's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed watching her dance and watching the numbers she choreographed. She had a wonderful talent. I feel lucky to have known her.You are all in my prayers. Cathy Yahiaoui
Cathy Yahiaoui
November 1, 2013
Kerry has brought such great joy and love of dance to my daughter, Alexis. She started at the studio when she was 2 and has never looked back. The passion for dance that Kerry shared will be part of our hearts and lives forever. Kerry has always been someone Alexis has admired and looked up to. Thank you Kerry and thanks to the Youngstrom family for sharing your mom/wife with us. Joanna D
Joanna D
November 1, 2013
I was lucky enough to join this Gotta Dance studio family some years ago, and saw all of the love, support, and appreciation each member and their families have for one another. Kerry is at the heart and sole of that family. Her battle has been courageous and she remained a role model to all those around her. I've received so much from this family myself, and I'm humbled to be a part of such a loving group. We will all miss her presence and loving smile, and her love of the Red Sox. I can't believe I am writing this as its still does not seem real to me. Kerry was truly a special, loving person and I will miss her dearly. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Scott, Kimberly, Mike, and Haley, and all the Youngstrom family. I pray that the pain and suffering we all feel now is replaced over time with loving, fond memories of how much Kerry enhanced all of our lives.
Paul Diamond
November 1, 2013
Aunt Kerry, you lived a beautiful life. You are remembered with love.
Sarah Evans
November 1, 2013
My heart goes out to the Youngstrom family. I am so fortunate to have all of you in my life. I have so many great memories that will be held forever in my heart. We did the best dances together. Dance on Kerry "Over My Head" Love you all.
Marcia Corson
November 1, 2013
Sending you all of my love from St. Louis. I hope to live my life bringing joy and happieness to others just as she has brought that to me. All of you will always be close to my heart and love you more then words can say.
Sarah E.
Sarah E. Fike
November 1, 2013
My heart is with all of you. So happy to share so many years with Kerry and have great memories. Dance on Kerry "Over My Heaf" love you always.
Marcia Corson
November 1, 2013
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