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Sherry (Ernst) Pilarczyk All Obituaries

Cedar Rapids

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
Sherry (Ernst) Pilarczyk, 52, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died unexpectedly at her home on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. She was born Nov. 15, 1968, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Jack and Jeanette (Thorson) Ernst. She graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School in 1987, then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Iowa. Despite these achievements, her proudest accomplishments, pride and joy was her three kids. She reveled in motherhood and for many years was a stay at home mom. Sherry was a fun and energetic mom, making each day seem like a mini adventure. Her passion for motherhood was readily seen by all and she was excitedly anticipating becoming a grandma soon. Sherry later went on to co-own and manage Honey Creek Acres Orchard in Swisher. For the past several years, she thoroughly enjoyed her work as the principal's secretary at Harrison Elementary School, where she loved and was loved by all the staff and students.
Everyone who met Sherry said she was the kindest person they knew. She had a cheerful, happy and sparkly personality and would always put a smile on the faces of those around her. Sherry had an uncanny ability to make a person feel special, cared for and important no matter what kind of day she was having. People were drawn to her because of her positive attitude; she couldn't help but look at the bright side of things. She was the ultimate "glass half full" kind of person.
Sherry is survived by her three children, Daisy (Derek) Hanshaw of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mack Pilarczyk and Jamie Pilarczyk, both of Solon, Iowa; brother, John (Maureen) Ernst of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sister, Joy (John) Fitzgerald of Dallas, Texas; longtime dearest friends, Julie Hamilton, Cynthia Haring and Bedora Sheronick-Papp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and her first grandchild arriving in March. She also had a faithful companion in her feisty fur buddy, Archie the cat.
Sherry was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Jeanette Ernst.
Private services will be held. Burial: Mt.
Calvary Cemetery. The Funeral Mass for Sherry
will be livestreamed. Please check www.teahenfuneralhome.com for further details.
Teahen Funeral Home is serving the family.
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