Townshend, VT/Monson, MA - Shirley Terese (Cantwell) Sherman went to be with the Lord on June 23, 2021. Shirley was born September 15, 1931 to her loving parents Bernard Cantwell and Eva (Gaudette) Cantwell. She grew up in Thorndike Massachusetts, a village she truly loved. She always spoke fondly of the wonderful neighbors and the eighty-eight steps. She attended schools in Palmer and graduated from Palmer High Class of 1949. Shirley’s first job was a switchboard operator at Church Company in Monson. She met Milton Sherman and they married on April 11, 1953. Shirley worked as a waitress for many years while her children were in school. She was her kids number one fan and faithfully attended all of their games through High School. She became an avid Red Sox fan in her retirement years, keeping score of every game she watched - a collection of notebooks are now Red Sox history. Shirley retired from the Monson Developmental Center in July of 2000 where she worked as a supervisor of dietary services. “She ran a tight ship” in her satellite kitchens. Shirley was a member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club of Fiskdale, Massachusetts and rode her motorcycle up until her 75th birthday. Shirley loved playing cards and cribbage was her special game. She also enjoyed pitch and thirty-one.
Shirley leaves her brother Donald P. Cantwell of Holland MA and his partner Kathy Meany of Thorndike MA. She was predeceased by her brother Bernard Cantwell of Florida. Shirley leaves her five children, Milton Sherman Jr. (Chip) and his wife Annie of Dummerston VT, Deborah Sherman and her partner Buddy, Susan LeCours and husband Robert and Ralph Sherman all of Townshend VT. Tracy Mazza and husband Angelo of West Springfield, MA. She also leaves eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was recently predeceased by her great grandson Dylan Landers.
Calling hours will be Monday, June 28, 2021 from 6-8pm at Lombard Funeral Home 3 Bridge St. in Monson, Massachusetts. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church 22 Green St in Monson Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11am with burial following at Bethany Cemetery in Monson.
Friends are asked to gather directly at St.Patrick’s Church.
In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – JDRF 200 Vesey St. 28th Floor, New York NY 10281 , www.jdrf.org.
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