ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Dolores Elaine Sherman-Egan who was born on April 29, 1924 and passed away on June 24, 2010. She will be forever in our hearts.

Her Memorial Service will be held on July 7, 2010 at 12 Noon, Skyline United Church of Christ, 12540 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at the family home in Castro Valley immediately following the service. Please contact a family member for details.

Dolores was a strong, independent, vital woman, with a generous heart and wonderful sense of humor.  Her company will be deeply missed by many and her passing is grievously mourned by both loving family and friends. Her soul now joins those who have gone before her, beloved parents, sisters, brothers and friends and together they are at final peace. 

 In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Dolores’ name can be made to: The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Fund,   http://ww5.komen.org/donate/donateonline.html#memorial or the charity of one’s choice.

A Mass for the Dead will be said in her honor September 13, 2010 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley, CA.

Dolores was born in Wesley, Iowa, April 29, 1924, beloved daughter of Martha Matern (d. 1962) and Henry J. Sherman (d. 1952), and sibling to Mary Sherman-Durkin (d. 1993) of San Diego, CA, Duane Sherman (d. 2002) of Newport Beach, CA, Thomas Sherman (d.1992) of Mason City, IA, Donald Sherman (d. 1978) of Algona, IA, Virginia Sherman-Munson (d. 1973) of Santa Monica, CA, Cornelius Sherman (d. 2005) of Des Moines, IA, Delmar Sherman (d.2006) of Dubuque, IA.  She is survived by her dear sister, Wanda Sherman-Dudek of Littleton, Colorado; her beloved six daughters: Brenda J. Souza, Maureen D. Warwick, Margaret A. Simonsen, Virginia L. Ranella, Dolores L. Egan, Christine R. Vaa; six devoted grandchildren, Brian Souza, Stephanie Souza-Thompson, Elizabeth Souza-Broers, Justin Simonsen, Saul Ranella and Sarah Dewitt; and seven, much-loved great-grandchildren, Cole Souza, Tanner Souza, Emma Broers, Kate Broers, Colin Broers, Owen Thompson and Alison Thompson.  She is also survived by her extended family of many loving relatives and friends.

Dolores was a graduate of Wesley High School, Wesley, IA, most recently attending her 65-70th Class Reunion. She lived the majority of her adult life in Castro Valley, and was Credit Manager and Board Secretary for Sysco Corporation, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and both actively engaged in, and supporter of many cultural, spiritual, and environmental organizations. She considered herself very fortunate to spend her retirement enjoying her family, friends, varied interests and world travels.

Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2020
10 years gone and I still, every now & then, go to call you to fact check a memory or family issue, and then sadly remember. Missing you always.
Posted by DL Egan on April 29, 2020
Thinking of you on your birthday and wondering what you would think of the global pandemic. It has changed the world in many numerous ways, some good, many bad. The best has been the lack of air pollution, the bane of our modern society. Wild animals are roaming our parks and city streets even in our largest cities. We are visiting more with our next door neighbors and many families are enjoying the time with their families. Hopefully we will get thru this without millions of lives lost and a better respect for the world as a whole.
Posted by Owen Thompson on June 25, 2019
We lost my mother Stephanie last year, on the same day. I hope you can be together now; she missed you most of us all.
Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2019
Can't believe it's been 9 years! Think of you often and hope our heavenly clan has surrounded our beloved Stephanie with healing light & love.
Posted by DL Egan on May 8, 2019
Maureen & I spent your birthday once again in Europe. We enjoyed a glass of wine in your honor and both hope we will still be traveling and enjoying life on our 80th birthday, you set a great example and goal worth achieving. It is hard to believe you have been gone 9 years. We still miss you and think of you often.
Posted by DL Egan on June 25, 2018
I think of you often and hope that the hereafter truly is a paradise for you.
Posted by DL Egan on June 25, 2017
Missing you as always and hope you are helping Dave accept his new life. I had dreams about your laughter last night when all six of us performed our version of West Side Story for you. I think I was around 7 & Christine 5. We practiced that routine for weeks. Slides under Maureen & Brenda and Christine tossed overhead. What a happy dream I hope it made you smile again.
Posted by DL Egan on May 5, 2017
We lost Dave April 27. Please help him find his way.
I still miss you every day and hope heaven is filled with endless joy.
Posted by maureen warwick on April 29, 2017
Thinking of you today mom on your birthday and hope you, Mary & Leo have welcomed Dave with open hearts. Take care of him and let him be at peace.
Posted by DL Egan on June 24, 2016
Thinking of you and wish you were still here with us.

Love, Dori
Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2016
As I do every year on June 24th, I think of you, and your sisters & brothers who have also passed. I miss you all.
Posted by DL Egan on April 29, 2016
Thinking of you on your birthday and missing your laughter. This year we spent Easter in Granada and you would have so loved the elaborate processions and floats. You could hear the bells ring throughout the night all across the city, you would have loved it. I missed sharing it with you in person but it sometimes felt as if you were there in spirit.
Love always, Dori
Posted by maureen warwick on April 29, 2016
Thinking of you on your 92nd birthday!
Posted by DL Egan on June 25, 2015
I had a wonderful dream last night. We were in France driving along the Loire River past picture perfect small towns with a castle on the hill like Blois discussing the merits of staying in a castle for the night or a small manor house. It felt so real, I hope you were there to share the memory with me. I love & miss you.
Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2015
Thinking of you today, as I do on so many days. Five years, and yet seems like such a short time since you passed. Often, I go to call you to check a family-fact, or share a laugh, or just a friendly hello & then remember - she's not there anymore. Good thing no phones in heaven or yours would be ringing all the time!
Posted by DL Egan on April 29, 2015
So many times I want to share a special moment and I hope you sometimes still hear me and laugh with me once again. -
Happy Birthday where ever your spirit may be know that I love and miss you.
Posted by David Durkin on June 25, 2014
I will always treasure the personal moments we shared Aunt Dolores. My father once told me that you were one of the most remarkable women that he had ever met. Your love extended to many. Four years have passed but you are not forgotten by those who loved you. 
Rest in peace. Say hi to mom.
Posted by Owen Thompson on June 24, 2014
I miss my grandmother dearly, and she is in my thoughts and prayers today as I remember her.
Posted by DL Egan on June 24, 2014
4 years and still there are days when it feels as if it was only yesterday. I think of you often and miss the wonderful adventures we shared.
Hopefully your life is now filled with joy.
Love, Dori
Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2014
June 24th is here again; the years pass so quickly and yet it still seems like you just left us. Be at peace Mom.
Posted by DL Egan on May 1, 2014
I think of you so often especially near your birthday. I miss your witty puns, wonderful insights and eagerness to experience new places.
I will always love you.
Posted by Owen Thompson on April 29, 2014
4/29/2014: Otherwise known as my great-grandmother's 90th birthday. I hope she is enjoying a wonderful birthday party!
Posted by maureen warwick on April 29, 2014
Wish you were here to celebrate your 90th birthday! My thoughts today keep drifting to all the wonderful birthdays we shared and wished we had just a few more. Happy Birthday Mom!
Posted by Owen Thompson on October 2, 2013
I really love my grandma and miss her dearly. Some of my first memories are of me toddling around in her house, talking to her and hugging her. I love her, and always will. I hope she enjoys her time in Heaven.
Posted by David Durkin on June 26, 2013
I thought of you yesterday, Aunt Dolores, when hosting my wife's retirement party from the University of California after 35 years of service. You were a pioneer for and an inspiration to all working women. Lori and I dearly love you and we hope that you are enjoying heaven with your loving family and friends.
Posted by DL Egan on June 24, 2013
Today the cool rain gently bathed the Bay Area. It reminded me of our first trip to Paris in 1989, how the Chestnut trees, tulips and spires of Notre Dame seemed to glow after it rained. 3 years and still days when it feels like I saw you yesterday. I miss you and love you and hope heaven is glorious.
Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2013
Seems like a few months ago but really it's been three years since your passing Mom. I think of you often & can't believe how many times I think of calling you & then reality hits. Hope there really is a hereafter & you are with your beloved sisters, brothers, Mom & Dad. Still miss you.
Posted by DL Egan on May 14, 2013
Today I left a story/poem of the true meaning of Mothers Day written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870. I hope that my mother knew of this poem as she would have rejoiced in its meaning & beauty.
Wishing she was here to share this with her.
Posted by maureen warwick on May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's Day Mom!
Posted by maureen warwick on May 1, 2013
In Argentina Mom! Thought of you during my travels here as we talked about going to Buenos Aires someday! You would love this country! Hope your birthday was a good one in the heavenly skies!
Posted by DL Egan on April 30, 2013
Thinking of you today and wishing you were here.
Posted by DL Egan on June 25, 2012
June 24, 2012 - A beautiful day, sunny with blue skies and scattered white clouds. I thought of you today and how much you loved this kind of day. I miss you and think of all the wonderful moments we spent together.
Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2012
June 24, 2012
Thinking of you today and sending a special prayer of love and peaceful serenity for you and joyous life for all your daughters. It's been 2 years and we still miss you.
Posted by maureen warwick on May 1, 2012
Mom, on your birthday yesterday, I thought of you often and sent a special prayer winging its way to you. Miss you.
Posted by DL Egan on April 30, 2012
April 29, 2012 - Today was a beautiful sunny day, I was thinking of you and your last birthday luncheon at the Palace Hotel Garden Court. It was a wonderful day and a great memory. I miss you.
Posted by Ginny Ranella on December 19, 2011
As I prepare for another Christmas without you, I am thinking about all the wonderful holidays we've shared together in the past and missing you greatly. I know you are watching over me from above and sending me your endless love. I will never forget all that you gave to me in your life. Merry Christmas Mom, I love you.
Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2011
June 24, 2011, exactly one year ago today, mom passed away. She has been in my thoughts a lot this past year but especially lately as this sad anniversary date neared. Today I take comfort from the good memories & pray that she is at peace.
Posted by DL Egan on June 24, 2011
June 24, 2011: one year ago today I read your favorite poetry to you for the very last time. I miss sharing those quiet moments.
Posted by Ginny Ranella on June 11, 2011
June 11, 2011
I miss your smile,your touch,your very essence. Thank you for loving me Mom and being my friend.
Love,
Ginny
Posted by maureen warwick on April 29, 2011
April 29th, 2011; today is mom's 87th birthday. Hope she is enjoying a heavenly celebration with all her family and friends!

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Posted by maureen warwick on June 24, 2020
10 years gone and I still, every now & then, go to call you to fact check a memory or family issue, and then sadly remember. Missing you always.
Posted by DL Egan on April 29, 2020
Thinking of you on your birthday and wondering what you would think of the global pandemic. It has changed the world in many numerous ways, some good, many bad. The best has been the lack of air pollution, the bane of our modern society. Wild animals are roaming our parks and city streets even in our largest cities. We are visiting more with our next door neighbors and many families are enjoying the time with their families. Hopefully we will get thru this without millions of lives lost and a better respect for the world as a whole.
Posted by Owen Thompson on June 25, 2019
We lost my mother Stephanie last year, on the same day. I hope you can be together now; she missed you most of us all.
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Clear Creek Memories

Shared by Ginny Ranella on August 25, 2019
Mom loved our Clear Creek mountain home and  we enjoyed many summer vacations up there together. We spent countless hours and days sitting alongside the gurgling creek while giant pines gently swayed and whispered throughout the forest surrounding us. Those magical hours we shared together healed our broken hearts and connected our souls after a lifetime of separation between us. This week we will lock the doors one last time before handing the keys to its new owners. But the beautiful memories we created there will live on forever. Miss you Mom

The true meaning of Mothers Day

Shared by DL Egan on May 14, 2013

By : Julia Ward Howe ~ 1870

Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

"Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, disarm! The sword is not the balance of justice." Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each learning after his own time, the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

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This is the proclamation Julia Ward Howe wrote in 1870, which explains, in her own impassioned words, the goals of the original holiday. I know our mother would have loved this, yet I do not think she knew of it.  ~~ dori

 

Two Poems by Mary Oliver

Shared by maureen warwick on June 24, 2011

Mom loved the poetry of Mary Oliver, especially the "Red Bird" book. Here are two of her favorites, the bolded section in the second poem, I read at her memorial service.

RED BIRD

Red bird came all winter

Firing up the landscape as nothing else could.

Of course I love the sparrows,

those dun-colored darlings, so hungry and so many.

I am a God-fearing feeder of birds,

I know He has many children, not all of them bold in spirit.

Still, for whatever reason--perhaps becasue the winter is so long

And the sky so black-blue, or perhaps because the heart narrows

as often as it opens--I am grateful that red bird comes all winter

firing up the landscape, as nothing else can do.

 

Red Bird Explains Himself

"Yes I was the brillance floating over the snow

and I was the song in the summer leaves, but this was only the first trick

I had hold of among my other mythologies,

for I also knew obedience; bringing sticks to the nest,

food to the young, kisses to my bride.

But don't stop there, stay with me: LISTEN.

If  I was the song that entered your heart

then I was the music of your heart, that you wanted and needed,

and thus wilderness bloomed there, with all its followers:

gardeners, lovers, people who weep for the death of rivers.

And this was my true task, to be the music of the body.

Do you understand? for truly the body needs a song, a spirit, a soul.

And no less, to make this work, the soul has need of a body,

And I am both of the earth and I am of the inexplicable

beauty of heaven,

where I fly so easily, so welcome, yes,

and this is why I have been sent, to teach this to your heart."