Sherry Anne Albertson passed away after a brave battle with cancer on Aug. 16, 2019.

She was born on May 20, 1947, to Betty and Earl Grassit in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was raised in Mankato, Minn., and attended Mankato High School, graduating in 1965. Four years later, Sherry graduated from Minnesota State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega National Sorority. Her first teaching experience was at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico.

In 1973, she moved to Rochester. While living in Rochester, she was on the board of directors for The Children's Place as well as the PORT Board which served offenders from a three-county area to enable them to stay in their local corrections program. In the early '80s, she was involved in the hospital/homebound tutoring program affiliated with the public schools and Mayo Clinic. In 1984, the school district asked Sherry to establish a Newcomer Center for Southeast Asian children arriving in Rochester after fleeing the Cambodian refugee camps.

In 1988, Sherry started teaching first grade at Jefferson Elementary. In 1990, she received the Excellence in Education Award presented by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. This was in recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of education and for making a difference in the lives of students. Sherry always considered herself a strong advocate for children's rights.

After retiring from education, she purchased The Country Life in Plainview. She was passionate about her shop and it was a dream come true for her. She was proud to represent American craftsmanship in handcrafted furniture and art.

Sherry is survived by the love of her life, Dr. Dean Albertson; daughters Jennifer Bierbaum Thorpe (Brian), Molly Bierbaum Kerr (Dan), step-daughter Heather Klees (Marty) and step-son Dean Albertson II (Kathy). Her adorable grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, are Elizabeth, Caitlin, Kelly, Lauren, Campbell, Ainsley, Lyla, Jack and Ellen. Also, surviving are cousins Roxanne Yetter of Oklahoma City, Okla., Rex Cline or Modesto, Calif., and Mike Cline of Cedar Rapids. Survivors include her "sister friends" and they know who they are.

Both Sherry and Dean were advocates of animal rescue and rescued older basset hounds from Flash, Miss Ruby, Boomer and Max were cherished family members.

Any donations may be made to any animal rescue or shelter of the donor's choosing.

No funeral will be held.

A Better Gift

Mend a quarrel

Seek out a forgotten friend

Share some treasure

Give a soft answer

Encourage youth

Keep a promise

Find the time


Apologize if you were wrong

Be gentle

Laugh a little

Laugh a little more

Express your gratitude

Welcome a stranger

Gladden the heart of a child

Take pleasure in beauty and wonder of the earth

Speak your love

Speak it again

Speak it still once again