Sharry Hirtreiter | Obituary | Record Eagle
Sharry Shepherd Rider
April 3, 1956 – –
March 19, 2021
Sharry Hirtreiter of Traverse City died on March 19, 2021 in Fort Myers, Florida after a tough but brief battle with Covid 19.
Sharry was born in Traverse City on April 3, 1956 with her twin sister, Sharon Wheelock.
Sharry spent her entire life selflessly caring for others.
Before graduating from Traverse City Senior High School, now Central High School, she began working as a nursing assistant with her mother and sisters at Grand Traverse Medical Care, caring for the elderly and the frail.
After having children Megan and Jordan, she took a ten-year hiatus to be a home mom. She returned to Munson Medical Center as a nursing assistant until she retired in 2004.
Family was the most important part of Sharry’s life. She put all her heart into raising her family.
She met her beloved husband James Hirtreiter in 1980 and married him on October 2, 1982. They enjoyed a happy marriage full of adventure and laughter.
She was the most devoted mother imaginable and worked tirelessly to ensure the happiness and health of her daughter Megan. and their son Jordan. It was imperative to raise their children to be close to their family. With her sisters Sharon, Suellen and Sueann and their children, a close-knit family was born that continues to grow.
In 2014 she became a grandmother and was the most devoted nanny imaginable. Her granddaughters Piper Ray (6) and Paisley Joan (4) reveled in the constant love and attention of their “nanny”. Sharry, who was with them from the moment they were born and from every possible moment thereafter, was dearly loved by their grandchildren. She said she was not “just a hand for a grandma, but one who can’t keep her hands off of grandma”.
She also had many great nieces and great nephews whom she affectionately called “Grandma Sharry”.
Over the past 20 years, Sharry has developed a passion for travel. She longed to see the world and was proud to have made it to Turkey, Greece, Germany, California and Washington DC and made many friends along the way.
An avid Civil War fanatic, she read every book she could get on Civil War battles and President Lincoln.
She attended St. Francis Catholic Church all her life and had an admirable, unwavering faith.
Sharry was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Jane and John Geroy; older sister, Suanne Cook; Brothers Steven and Allen Geroy; and her beloved in-laws Arthur and Marion Hirtreiter.
Shortly after her death, Sharry was taken to heaven by her beloved twin sister, Sharon Wheelock.
Sharry leaves behind her devoted husband, James Hirtreiter; Daughter Megan (Bernard) Hirtreiter-Bossert; Granddaughters, Piper Ray, 6, and Paisley Joan, 4; Son of Jordan, shepherd rider; Stiefenkel, Joseph Wolf and Junie Bossert; Sister Suellen Cook; and many esteemed nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
The Christian burial mass will take place on April 6, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until service.
The Hirtreiter family ask you, in memory of this amazing mother and grandmother, to continue to take Covid 19 seriously and to protect yourself and your family, to wear a mask and to vaccinate yourself if possible.
Because of Sharry’s love for cats and kittens, instead of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made in Sharry’s honor to AC Paw, where Megan Volunteers, www.acpaw.org or checks can be mailed to AC Paw, PO Box 94, Acme MI, 49610.
Sharry is in the care of Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Published on April 4, 2021