Sarah "Sal" Louise Sherman

October 12, 1957 ~ May 9, 2020 (age 62)


Sarah “Sal” Louise Sherman, 62, of Kalamazoo, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, May 9, 2020 at Glen Arbor Hospice after a long battle with brain cancer. Her loving daughter was by her side.

Sarah was born on October 12, 1957 in Marshall, MI, to Creighton and Rebecca (Sutton) Sherman.  She graduated from Marshall High School in 1975, and went on to earn an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University.

After moving to Laramie WY, Sarah worked and did research in the University of Wyoming Parasitology Lab. After the birth of her daughter in 1994, she devoted her life to caring for her as an exceptional single mother. Sarah moved back to Michigan in 2004 and worked as a school bus driver for Kalamazoo Public Schools for many years. In 2014, after defeating her first bout of brain cancer, she transitioned to working as a bus aide for special needs students. In the fifteen years that Sarah worked as a bus driver and aide, she made a lasting positive impact on many students with her kindness, sensitivity, compassion, and humor.

While living in Kalamazoo, Sarah attended Christian Life Center, Valley Family Church, and Cross Community Church of the Nazarene. Sarah had a passion for studying God’s word, growing her faith, and sharing what she learned with others. She used her substantial artistic and mechanical creativity around the house to fix up and improve her home. Sarah loved spending time with family and close friends; she shared her warmth in many ways including making people laugh with her unique and witty humor.

For the final two months of her life, Sarah was cared for at the Glen Arbor Hospice residence in Battle Creek, MI, where she was able to remain comfortable, dignified, and surrounded by many truly loving and remarkable nurses.

Sarah is survived by her daughter, Sarah Rae Sherman; dog “Newt”; siblings Lee (Nancy) Sherman and Jane (Jim) Bosserd; nieces and nephews Jenna (Daemian) Koehler, Kara (Bryan) Nell, Mark (Nicole) Sherman, Steve (Lindsey) Bosserd, James (Meg) Bosserd, and Rebecca (Milo) Stovall.

There will be a public viewing with family present from 10am-1pm on Sunday May 24 2020 at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Service 723 Old US Hwy 27 N Marshall MI 49068. **Due to COVID-19 and the State restriction, there will be limited people allowed in at a time and please use the marked doors for entrance and exits.**  A private family service will take place on Sunday May 24, 2020 at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Service 723 Old US Hwy 27 N Marshall MI 49068 with Pastor Jeff McVay officiating.  Friends can watch the memorial service live stream at  1pm on Sunday May 24, 2020 at on Sarah’s obituary page. 

Memorial contributions are requested to the Hospice of Southwest Michigan for the  Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence, 5470 Glenn Cross Road Battle Creek MI 49015..  Please go to this link in the box at the end of this page and select "Glen Arbor Hospice Resicence) for your gift's destination. Memorial contributions may also be mailed to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, PO Box 519 Marshall MI 49068.  There will be a public gathering and memorial service at a later.  Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at

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May 24, 2020

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US Hwy 27 N
Marshall, MI 49068

Funeral Service
May 24, 2020

1:00 PM
Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US Hwy 27 N
Marshall, MI 49068

Video is available for this event


Hospice Care of SW Michigan
222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, #100, Kalamazoo MI 49007
Tel: 1-269-345-0273

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