Sherry L. Bertsch, 58, of rural Washington, IA, and owner of Country Charm Flowers and gifts in Mt. Pleasant, IA, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at her home as a result of a fire.
A celebration of life service for Sherry and Mike will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at the Wright Family Pavillion on the Old Threshers Grounds, with Pastor Jeff McPherron officiating. The families will greet friends following the service until 3:30 p.m. Private inurnment will be in Pattison Cemetery, rural Fairfield, IA. Gifts of love and friendship may be given to Pattison Cemetery or to the family, made payable to Sherrys sister, Tammie Haney, or Mikes brother, Kirk Shannan, to be used for a bench in Sherry and Mikes memory. Olson~Powell Memorial Chapel of Mt. Pleasant is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be directed to www.olsonpowell.com.
Born October 15, 1961, in Ottumwa, IA, Sherry Lynn was the daughter of James and Marilyn (Hutton) Bertsch. Growing up in Fairfield, IA, she was a 1980 graduate of Fairfield High School. Following high school, Sherry obtained a horticulture degree from Indian Hills Community College.
Sherry had a love of gardening and flowers, took that passion and opened her own business, Country Charm Flowers and Gifts in 1985. For the past 35 years Sherry was a beloved and active member of the Mt. Pleasant business community. Her customers became her friends, and she made them feel loved and cared for during their celebrations and sorrows. Her mother, Marilyn, worked with Sherry for many years.
Enjoying horses, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, antiquing, and a love of animals, Sherry had a special place in her heart for her dogs, Lucky, Casino, and Alex. She was truly one of lifes treasures, with an outgoing, friendly personality, and above all she was an amazing daughter, sister, and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Sherry is survived by her father, James (Belinda) Bertsch of Denver, CO; two sisters, Janyce (Bob) Gray of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Tammie Haney of Fairfield, IA; two step-sisters, Katrina Baca and Misty Peterson, both of Denver, CO; along with nieces, Katlyn and Remi, and a nephew, Easton, all of Fairfield, IA.
Preceding Sherry in death was her mother, Marilyn Bertsch. Mike Shannan, Sherrys longtime partner, perished at the same time of Sherrys death.
A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others (L. Frank Baum) and Sherry was loved by many.