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 rampage 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. 

Harry December 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I think it is time for the media to leave Newtown. The town needs to heal and mourn by themselves .
Susan December 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Amen...I usually like Katie Couric but her interviews with the parents were atrocious! Asking over and over how were they feeling was unacceptable! How should they be feeling?
Sheriffchris December 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Katies is really not a very nice person...she can not see past her career and ego...
faith December 18, 2012 at 12:29 AM
god bless mary. god bless your family
Joe R December 18, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Deepest condolences and sympathy to the relatives and family of Mary Sherlach. She was a hero in the truest sense of that word, she gave her life to save others.
Tee M. December 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Very sad situation nd my heart nd soul goes out to all the families in this case nd I even feel sorry for the family of the shooter cause they didn't know what was wrong with there child nd if they would of took time out nd got him checked out everyone would probably be alive we need to see the warning signs....
OMG December 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Condolences to this family and all of the family's who lost a loved one.
Nicole D December 19, 2012 at 11:50 PM
My condolences to her husband, Bill and the rest of the family! My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. R.I.P. Mary, you are a hero and and angel to many.


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