Sherry Lee Veenhuis died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester from complications after surgery. She was 56 years old.
She was born Feb. 15, 1963, to Vernon and Lyla Veenhuis at St. Luke’s Hospital (now United Hospital) in St. Paul.
She was baptized as an infant and confirmed at Beaver Lake Lutheran Church in Maplewood. She attended Maplewood schools - Carver Elementary (grades K-6), Hillside Junior High (grades 7-8) and Tartan High School (grades 9-12), graduating in 1981. She went on to attend Duluth Business College and moved to Duluth. She was working at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth. She loved her job and everyone she worked with.
She went to the River Church in Duluth and in 2018 she went on a group mission trip to Brazil. She loved helping people, so this was a very memorable trip for her. She was very artistic and creative, and she drew and painted many pictures. She was working on a child’s book with her own illustrations. She had a magnetic personality and touched a lot of people.
Now is the time to celebrate her life. Though she is no longer with us here on earth, she will be with us forever in spirit. She had a strong faith which she loved sharing with others. She put others ahead of her own needs and wants. Her mother found this, which she had written after her cancer diagnosis and before she went to surgery: “Trust God, Do Good, Have Faith, No Fear, God Loves and will protect and heal me.” She believed in the healing power of God and accepted the outcome.
She was preceded in death by her dad, Vernon Veenhuis.
She is survived by her mother, Lyla Veenhuis; her brothers, Mark (Beth) and Kurt; nephews, Jake (Mackenzie) Larson and Aspen Veenhuis; nieces, Dakota and Shelby Veenhuis; great-nephew, Remington Larson; great niece, Hadley Larson; uncle, Gerald (Sharon); aunts, Shirley Otto, Betty (Harry) Polchow and Norma Veenhuis; other cousins, relatives and friends.
She will be missed by family and everyone who touched her life.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Anthony Cloose officiating. Music is being provided by Karen Kirschner Danielson. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements by Dresser-Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.