Mary H. (Hipschen) Sherman

Mary H. (Hipschen) Sherman

Mary H. (Hipschen) Sherman, age 78, of Alabama, and formerly of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at North Mobile Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Greg E. Bahl officiating. To celebrate Mary’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 30, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Edwin N. and Mary Helen (Schmal) Hipschen.

Mary attended grade school at St. Mary’s Grade School, then went to the Academy of the Visitation before graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, and going on to attend Clarke College for 2 years. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Wayne Sherman, on April 18, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque, and they were blessed to have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year. Mary was a wiz with numbers and she put those talents to use with Dubuque Bank and Trust for 23 years as a financial counselor with the Key West Branch until her retirement in 2001. Mary’s faith was a very important part of her daily life, she was a long time member of St. Patrick’s Church, where she sang in the choir and served as the treasurer for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. She also enjoyed volunteering her time and talents with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, and she worked with the Dubuque Police Explorer Scout program for 14 years. When she found some free time in her days she enjoyed sitting at her sewing machine creating her next beautiful outfit, curling up with a good book, or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, as she was an excellent chef and baker. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of our dear, sweet Mary, but find some comfort in the fact that she is now resting peacefully, free of the health issues that she has faced the past few months.

Those left to cherish Mary’s memory include

her loving husband,
Wayne Sherman, Mobile, AL;

her children,
Miki (Donald) Sears, Andalusia, AL,
Susan (Edward “Vinny”) Salter, Mobile, AL,
Patrick (Darcy) Sherman, LeClaire, IA
and Daniel (Dawn) Sherman, Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Dylan and Hanna Sears, Kyle Salter, Zachary, Blake and Grace Sherman;

her sisters-in-law,
June Hipschen, Redwood City, CA,
and Joann Dalsing, Dubuque, IA;

a special cousin,
Judy (Bill) Torian, Paducah, KY;

and 2 nephews,
Adam and Austin Hipschen.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and 2 brothers, Paul Hipschen and John Hipschen.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
June 6th, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

St. Patrick's Church
1425 Iowa Street, Dubuque, Iowa
June 7th, 2019 at 10:00 AM

5 condolences for Mary H. (Hipschen) Sherman
  1. Mike Onken says:

    I am simply stunned. Heaven gained a truly remarkable individual. Memories of childhood fun, treats, and laughter flood my mind. Always a smile and a “hello”. You have my deepest sympathies and will be kept in my prayers. God Bless…

  2. Darlene Leibold says:

    Wayne, I am so sorry for your loss of Mary. I am in Alaska with my 2 daughters for the month of June. I didn’t even know you had moved to Alabama. God Bless!

  3. Alva and Earl Coffman says:

    So very sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to everyone.

  4. Mary Kay Portzen Johnson says:

    My sympathies to Wayne and your family.
    Growing up in the neighborhood on W. 17th, Mary was always very friendly, and I enjoyed visiting with her when I would walk by as a young girl.
    You all at present in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Margaret Alce nee Freiburger says:

    Mary Helen Sherman was a friend of mine when she went to the Viz. I lost contact with her when I left Dubuque. She was a wonderful friend and I send my condolences to her family. You must miss her very much and rightfully so. May God bless you all in your grief. Margaret Alce

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