Services Set for Mary Sherlach, CT School Shooting Victim

Sherlach was the school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, where a gunman opened fire Friday, killing 26 people.

Mary Sherlach, the school psychologist killed in a shooting ramage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, will be laid to rest this week. 

A memorial service will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull, CT. Friends are invited to meet directly in St. Stephen Church, 6948 Main St., Trumbull at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 for a Memorial Mass. Interment will be private. 

Condolences may be sent through the funeral home's website.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Fund for Health and Wellness, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851, to continue Sherlach's work with children and mental health.

Sherlach, 56, was hailed as a hero in the deadly shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. As shots rang out in the school, she ran toward the shooter, The Huffington Post reports. 

Sherlach had worked at Sandy Hook Elementary School since 1994, "doing what she termed 'God's work' by helping children who needed her the most," according to her obituary on the funeral home's website. 

"Mary is remembered as a loving wife and mother, and a caring soul who was always there to lend an ear or a shoulder to someone in need," according to the obituary. 

Sherlach's son-in-law, Eric Schwartz, a Deptford, NJ resident, said in an interview with Patch last week that Sherlach was a year away from retirement, and had looked forward to spending more time with her husband, Bill, at their vacation home along the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. 

stephanie December 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Kathleen McGannon December 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM
A wonderful tribute to Mary this evening. The line to pay respects is through the funeral home, out the door, through the parking lot and around the building. The faculty and staff from Sandy Hook School arrived wearing green and white ribbons and took comfort in being together. People waited well over three hours to pay their respects. God bless Bill, and his daughters, Katie and Maura. They were pillars of strength for all who came. Mary died a true hero, attempting to keep those children from harm. Only God knows how many were saved by her actions. May she rest in our Lord's loving embrace as she wraps her arms around heaven's newest angels. God be with the families who will carry on in their names.


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