Sheryl Woods
Sheryl Woods
Sheryl "Sheri" J. Woods, 64, Rochester, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Center for Hospice Care, South Bend.

On Jan. 29, 1953, Sheryl was born in Rochester. She was a treasured daughter of Robert Henry and Barbara Pontious Schwier. Growing up, she shared her childhood with a sister, Diana. With great Flyer pride, Sheri graduated with the Akron High School Class of 1971.

During the early years, Sheri volunteered at the Pontious Nursing Home in Rochester. With a soft spot for seniors, she continued to volunteer as a bingo caller. Her calling days evolved into playing days, and Sheri could masterfully play multiple cards.

Each spring brought on the mushroom hunting. Sheri enjoyed searching through her favorite secret woods looking for the morels. She traveled with her friends, Ann and Linda to explore Shipshewana in search of the perfect bargain. She also valued the friendships she made as well as the great bargains she garnered at garage sales and auctions.

A woman of great independence, Sheri was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 1978. She persevered through life's journey with great faith and a positive attitude. She prevailed and was victorious. Protective of her family and friends, Sheri was there to help everyone as a mother hen with all of the daily challenges. She leaves a great legacy of a positive spirit and helping heart.

Left to cherish the memory of Sheri are two sons, Mike Woods and wife Lisa, and Matt Woods and wife Rachel, all of Rochester; granddaughter Ciara Dawn Woods; a sister, Diana Shoemaker and husband Jerry, Akron; two nieces, Angie Hudkins and husband Todd, and Kristin Will and husband Adam; a nephew, Craig Merrill; and her canine companion, Brody, a caramel-colored Yorkie.

Sheryl was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of the life of Sheryl J. Woods will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. there will be a graveside service at the Athens-Hoover Cemetery, located on the east edge of Athens. Pastor Terry Baldwin will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.