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Death in our diocesan family: Lois Sherrer

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Lois ScherrerWith sadness we share the news of the death of Lois Sherrer, 90, on May 3, 2020 in Phillipsburg, NJ. She was the mother of the Rev. Wayne C. Sherrer who is serving at St. James’ Church in Hackettstown.

Lois Alva Schmidt was born on July 6, 1929 in New Haven, Conn., the last of six children born to the late Frederick C and Vida (Farnsworth) Schmidt. Since her father had been the caretaker of the New Haven lighthouse, she had a passion for lighthouses all her life. She was an active member of the Girls Friendly Society and of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in New Haven.

She loved to travel, but her teenage trip to a convention in Indianapolis was the best of all. It was there she met the young man from Phillipsburg who swept her off her feet, after she asked him to dance. She married August C. Sherrer in St. Andrews on September 30, 1950 and moved to Phillipsburg. A lover of music, she sang in the choirs of Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton, PA and of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg. She had a song for every occasion. Whether mothering a den of Cub Scouts, teaching Vacation Bible School, volunteering at Warren Hospital or sharing cartoons with fellow residents in Heckman House and Brakely Park, Lois was a spark of joy who enriched the lives of those around her.

She is survived by fiv children: the Rev. Wayne C. Sherrer (Mildred) of Phillipsburg, Paul F Sherrer (Ellen) of Easton, Pa., Katherine E Brown (Charles) of Milford, New Jersey, Robert A Sherrer (Tammi) of Big Lake, Alaska and Susan M Firth (Thomas) of Aurora, Colorado. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren that she loved dearly.

She was predeceased by her husband and by five brothers, Frederick C Schmidt, Horace W Smith, George H Schmidt, Albert Schmidt, and Roy C Schmidt.

A celebration of Lois's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden St., Easton, PA 18042 or to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg.

Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven. Lord, grant eternal rest, forever in the radiance of your light. Amen.