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Sherrill Laurenzo

Sherrill Susan Laurenzo

Tuesday, September 10th, 1940 - Thursday, February 25th, 2021
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Sherry was born September 10, 1940 in Carroll, Iowa. She grew up in Perry, Iowa where she met her husband and lifelong partner, Vincent Laurenzo. They married September 10, 1960 and spent an amazing 60 years together. They lived many places during and after Vince’s career including Dearborn, Michigan; Des Moines, Iowa; Toronto, Canada; Buffalo, New York; Aurora, Illinois and their beloved Naples, Florida. Vince and Sherry were very family oriented and raised five wonderful children with nine loving grandsons and one great grandson.

Sherry was passionate and curious about many things, most especially her family, cooking, and politics. She was the glue that kept the family together with her endless love, loyalty, and compassion. Sherry also loved to play bridge, bird watch and was an avid learner.

She and Vince bought a home in Aurora, Illinois so they could spend summers with their kids and grandchildren. They were voracious travelers, visiting exciting places all over the world. Two notable trips were an excursion on the Orient Express with Vince and a trip to Africa with members of her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Maxine Mullen, brother Ed Mullen, sisters Maryann Mullen and Charlemagne Cirksena, son-in law, Bruce Perry, and grandson Danny Laurenzo.

Sherry is survived by her husband Vincent; children Lisa Perry, David (wife Tia Kladis), Susan, Nancy, and Jim (wife Amy); grandchildren Matthew Laurenzo, Timothy Laurenzo, Michael Laurenzo, Ryan Laurenzo, Steven Laurenzo, Andrew Perry (wife Elba Morales), Scott Perry, Eric Perry; great grandson Hudson Bolstad; and brothers Jim and John Mullen.

Funeral services will be held March 20, 2021, 1pm at St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High Street in Des Moines, Iowa, with her brother-in-law, Fr. James Laurenzo officiating. The family will be available to meet guests one hour prior to the service. COVID distancing and masks are required. The service will be live streamed for those who can not attend. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hephzibah Children’s Association, Danny’s Birthday Closet, Oak Park, Illinois. A link to their website is as follows:
https://www.hephzibahhome.org/donate/dannys-birthday-closet/


The family of Sherrill wishes to extend their sincere thanks to caregivers Stephanie, Sophia, Nancy, and Lexi for all the assistance, support and love they provided to her during the last few years of her life.

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    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    St. Ambrose Cathedral
    Address
    607 High Street
    DES MOINES, IA 50309
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The Cirksena's

Posted at 07:42pm
In honor of Sherry Lauranzo. What a great aunt .
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Deidre Cirksena

Posted at 07:38pm
My aunt was such a great lady. She taught us Cirksena's to swim. She was always a host for any event. Always taking care of you. She will be truly missed by her family.
Love you aunt Sherry
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