Monday, November 5, 2012

A Passing


Sheri Lorraine Jahner, age 35, passed away the foggy morning of November 5th, 2012 at her home in Dallas, Texas after a hard fought battle with cancer.  She was the loving daughter of Larry and Julie (Alwin) Wesson, and was born in Caribou, Maine.  Sheri attended college at UW-River Falls where she received a degree in teaching and continued on to teach and make friends at a charter school in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Sheri met the love of her life, Eric Jahner, in 1999 while working part-time to pay for college at Arby’s in Hudson, Wisconsin, and they were married in 2001 in Grand Marais, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. 

Her greatest passion was her children whom she began sewing for when they were still in diapers.  Over the years she graduated to making shirts and dresses while she gave Reese and Eli a home school education.  She longed to explore the globe and, after extensive research of the Khmer people, accomplished her dream travel destination of Cambodia in March of 2012.   

Sheri began her blog, I’m Sorry for Cursing, as a young female with rectal cancer with the intent that it assist others and detailed her journey battling the disease.  Sheri is survived by her husband Eric; her children Reese and Eli; her parents Larry and Julie; her sister Amanda; her father and mother in-law Mike and Pat; her sisters-in-law Terri, Sarah and Katie.  She is further survived by countless friends and other relatives that have helped her physically, emotionally and spiritually through her battle with cancer. 

Sheri has requested her ashes be scattered in the Dry Tortugas National Park outside of Key West, Florida.  A celebration of life is will be scheduled for March, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

98 comments:

  1. Praying for you all in the days to come.

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  2. Sending love and peace to you all.

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  3. I pray that God will guide and protect your family. Ric

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  4. Peace be with the family.

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  5. Goodbye, Sheri. I will remember you always. Prayers of peace for you and your family.

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  6. God Bless. There are no words to express my sadness and loss for your family. May the memory of her live on forever.

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  7. Your whole family is in my thoughts. Sheri was a truly awesome person.

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  8. I'm sorry. So sorry to hear this. Many prayers and hugs to your family. But I also rejoice! Just think - she's praising Jesus now, in peace, with no pain!

    Laura (LilBean on MakeLaughLove)

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  9. I am watching the globe on this page and I can't even read the cities it is so lit up! Obviously Sheri touched many lives with her courage, sincerity, and humor... Our prayers are with the entire family.
    Mike S.

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  10. I wish you didn't have to go Sheri. I'm so glad I knew you.

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  11. I'm so sorry. My heart breaks for you and the kids. Please know you are in our continued prayers and thoughts here. ((hugs))
    Mandi (abilly195 on MakelaughLove)

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  12. Thank you, Eric, for letting us know. I got to know Sheri again through reading this blog and she was just awesome. All my love to you and the kids. Cousin Jennifer

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  13. I wish you didn't have to go Sheri. I'm so glad I knew you.

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  14. Thoughts and prayers with you from all over the world as you mourn your beloved Sheri. She will always be with her children, in the very fiber of who they are. I'm so sorry that it can't be in person, and wish you comfort in the days to come.

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  15. I love you, Sheri, thank you for all you are and do and love. I am so glad we got to see you in September. We have all been truly blessed and you will be remembered and loved by so many.

    much love to you, Eric, Reese, and Eli. Please let us know if there is anything you need, I'm sure there are scores of us just waiting to provide. I'm so sorry for your loss, so sorry.

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  16. Go in peace, Sheri. My heart hurts so badly for Eric and Reese and Eli right now. Sheri touched so many lives, and always had some kindness to offer...she comforted me many times on my own journey with this disease. She made a difference in the world.

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  17. I'm so sorry, Eric. You and you lovely children are in my thoughts a I'm sending you all the love in my heart. Sheri will remain in my heart as one of the very most kind, gentle, loving witty and wise women I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I'll cherish and remember her as one of my dearest friends. Peace to you all now.

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  18. Sheri, I miss you and I love you. We are sad for us and for your family. But I know you are in the arms of Jesus now. I'll keep Eric and the kids in prayer. She was the purest soul. I can't imagine your pain. I'm thankful for your strong faith, Eric. I pray God holds you all. The homeschool group will never forget such an amazing lady.

    God bless and love

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  19. God speed, Sheri.


    ~Suki

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  20. Heartbroken for how much I know she will be missed, I am grateful that The Lord is with you and praying that He will sustain you all. Many many prayers.

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  21. We are so very sorry Eric. Sheri was a wonderful person and we are blessed to have had her touch our lives. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace and love,
    Lisa and Mike Chevalier

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  22. May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Jenn (jmarie on MLL)

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  23. My sister my friend I will miss you so much!

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  24. Goodbye Sheri

    We will miss you

    Marie-Aude ( Colibi on MLL)

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  25. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I have no words at the moment, only many tears, especially as I look at my own child happily running around the house and think of Reese and Eli who will be missing their mother immensely. I think of you too, Eric, and this difficult yet faith-filled journey you have been on. I pray for peace and healing and comfort in the many long days and months to come and into the future.

    Prayers and love from someone who has never met any of you, but who has known and loved Sheri through our association online.

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  26. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15

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  27. I'm so sorry! words cannot express how sad I feel for you. heaven received a beautiful angel today, I know she will be forever looking down on Reese,& Eli.
    prayers in love as always

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  28. Sheri is dancing in Heaven completely healed. We grieve not for her but for those she has left behind. But what comfort to know, that we that are believers in Jesus Christ will again see her one day. Prayers in the days, weeks, and months ahead for Eric, Reese, Eli and the whole family as they learn to go on and live their lives without this amazing woman that they loved. Eric I pray you will feel peace and comfort that can only come in knowing where she is and that you will see her again one day.

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  29. I didn't know Sheri, but I came across her blog through a friend of hers who shared it 2 years ago or so, so I've been following Sheri's brave fight for some time. She was so strong and such an inspiration. I am so sorry for your loss!

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  30. When we had our brush with cancer Sheri's was the first blog we encountered. She approached her challenge with grace and humour and honesty. I am so sorry for you loss.

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  31. Dear heavenly father, I pray for peace in the hearts of the people that loved this beautiful person so much. I pray that You will give them comfort in their time of hurting and need. Although she was taken too early, I pray her spirit live on in her children and You give her Husband the strength he needs. I pray a hedge of protection around this wonderful family and all of their hurting friends right now. I lift these things up in your name. Amen. <3

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  32. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and love to you and your family.

    Pam Woyda (Julie's cousin)

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  33. I love u all!!!

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  34. Words are not enough to comfort at a time like this. It is beyond our comprehension that a life so young, so essential to those around her could be lost. Sherri has touched more hearts in her 35 years than we can even understand. I pray for peace for the family, and I praise God that she is now pain free.

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  36. I only had the opportunity to meet Sheri once. What an absolute delight! She was full of the joy that could only come from above. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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  37. My heart goes out to you, Eric, Reese and Eli and I send prayers of peace, comfort and strength. Sheri was amazing in so many ways and now she's dancing in heaven, having forever touched so many hearts. Peace to you all.

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  38. I am very saddened to hear of your loss. I met Sheri years ago at Mom and Pop Place Cafe where she inspired me to try to be as patient, kind and loving as she was. I always looked up to her and sought her advice on many subjects. Though we were never close friends, I can truly say that she has been one of the most influential people in my life. I mourn her passing with a very heavy heart and know that words can never truly express the pain and loss that must be felt by you and your children. My thoughts are with you and I hope that you may find peace. Everyone who was touched by Sheri is truly blessed and the world is definitely a better place because of this amazing and beautiful woman.

    Jennifer Butler

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  39. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your children. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  40. So many people are grieving today. Eric and Reese and Eli, may you feel the web of love and light being sent out by all these people holding you up. And Sheri, may you rest in glory.

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  41. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please let us know if there is anything you need. (HUGS)

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  42. Farewell Sheri. I am so glad you are no longer in pain, but I will miss you! I will be praying for Eric, Reese & Eli and the rest of your family. Be in peace Sheri.

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  43. I am stuck for words because I am so sad. I know she is in Gods hands but I feel so sad. My heart goes out to you all and special prayers to Reese and Eli. My the Lord Bless You and keep you and shine his face down upon you and give you that perfect peace only he promises. xoxo

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  44. That was from Stephanie Rowlinson

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  45. Praying for peace for your whole family. Sheri has made a huge impact on many lives. It is sad she is no longer here with us, but I am glad she is no longer in any pain. May all our words of love and support help you find comfort during this time. Know how very much you are cared for by many. Prayers you way <3

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  46. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I felt such a kinship with her through her blog. I prayed for her every day and will continue to pray for you and your entire family.

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  47. I have been following her blog and praying for her. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Praying God will show up in a mighty way to help her family through this difficult time.
    Tina

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  48. Eric, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sheri was such a beautiful human being. I am so sad for your young children, but I know you have a strong faith that will carry you through. I've been following her blog for a while, but didn't realize your MSP roots until I read this. We may have crossed paths as I think we lived there during the same period and I have friends who were very involved in a charter school in St. Paul too. I wish you peace.

    Julia

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  49. Eric - thinking of you at this time and sending healing prayers during this difficult time. Know that all your friends here in Brillion have you in their thoughts.
    Kim Cooper

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  50. Words escape me. I've been following Sheri's blog which I found through another LLL Leader. Sheri's vibrancy is such a shining star, it is hard to believe it is gone from this earth. May her light and love live on through you, Eric, and in her children. Her posts here were full of gratitude for the love she felt from her family and that is an amazing thing. She was loved completely.

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  51. My friend, James, had this to say about Sheri. I loved it.

    Sheri’s life and death serves as an example for us all. With steadfast faith, she lived with the assurance that God is in control. She died with that same unwavering faith. Her life was a declaration of Job’s words, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.”

    Sheri can now join hands with the Apostle Paul and say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.”

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  52. I'm without words.
    My heart goes out to you, Eric and Reese and Eli. I'm glad that her pain is over and she is at peace, but I know the days ahead will be so hard for you. May you find comfort in each other and her love which still and always will surround you. She was an amazing woman, I'm blessed to have known her.
    It was a bag of fabric scraps she passed onto my daughter that insprired a deep passion for sewing. And that is one very small example of how she will, through all the lives she touched, continue to be with us. Her passion for her children has been an inspiration to me and will be my guide moving forward. I'll think of her every spring when the pelicans come back to Lake Winnebago. It was a sight we both loved.
    With a heavy, heavy heart,
    Sara & family

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  53. My heart is broken! I seriously am in tears over this! I will be praying for your famly and those 2 sweet babies!

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  54. Love to you, Reese and Eli. I'm so sorry.

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  55. I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers of peace and comfort to you all.

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  56. I'm so sad to know I won't hear Sheri's perspective on life anymore. Her candor and wit even in the toughest times were inspiring. I looked back to see what she last wrote in this blog, and she said, "The rad onc asked me how I was so tough. I said that I have a tough God. And I definitely do. Prayers would be awesome." Sheri's immense faith and concern for all who followed her story meant so much to me. We do have a tough God, and prayers are awesome. I pray for you all as you navigate this tremendous loss, and I thank Sheri so deeply for sharing her life with us all. Reese and Eli are living testaments to her beauty and formidable spirit.

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  57. I am so sorry to hear about Sheri passing away - you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  58. I'm so sorry for your loss. I am without words. Peace and comfort to you.

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  59. I'm so sorry for your loss. I am without words. Peace and comfort to you.

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  60. RIP Sheri. My heart is heaving as I read the news of your passing. Eric, Reese, & Eli you are in my prayers for healing & comfort during this difficult time.

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  61. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  62. Sheri, Thank you for blessing so many of us during your time here on earth. Praise the Lord that He has made a place for you in his kingdom. Praying for your family, that you will guide them through the heartache and that those sweet little children of yours will always know that their strong and amazing mama is with them, always.

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  63. I am deeply saddend to hear this news! I only saw Sheri on two occations, however pure kindness and love radiated from her very being! I will be praying for you and your wonderful children! May Peace Be with you!!!

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  64. I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly. My thoughts are with her children and her family during this difficult time.

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  65. oh sheri. i wish you didn't have to go. you are so missed.

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  66. Eric,

    This is tough news to hear. You, Reese and Eli have my deepest sympathy. I only knew Sheri through her blog, but I am going to miss her.

    Doug

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  67. I am deeply saddened by Sheri's death. I didn't know her long, but in the few hours we spent together I felt as though I'd found a true friend. We shared stories of breastfeeding, of our families, and of cancer. I will share her memory - the stories she told me of her battle with this horrible disease and of the love and support she found in her family and friends - with the patient and scientific communities with whom I work. Sheri was an inspiration, and I feel very fortunate that our paths crossed when they did.

    Much love to you all,

    Carole Baas

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  68. I didn't know Sheri - I just happened to come across her blog one day and starting reading .... unfortunately we were caught in the path of the hurricane so I was without internet for a week ... I was finally able to get on today and came to check to see how Sheri was doing and was heartbroken to see this post :o( I am so terribly sorry - my heart goes out to you and your children.

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  69. I've followed Sheri's blog for about a year now. Found it through a friend of a friend. I also have colon cancer and have been battling it for 1.5 years. Sheri's blog was a comfort and inspiration for me. Very sad to hear of her passing. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  70. Dear Eric, Eli & Reese
    I am so sad to read of Sheri's passing, but thankful that the end came quickly for you all. Sheri has been a true inspiration for me and I will continue to pray for you all. I am still in hospital 6 weeks post surgery and have not been online for weeks. Sending you love and thoughts across the miles, Juanita xxx

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  71. Prayers for comfort and peace for your family. So sorry to read this sad news. God Bless.

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  72. Prayers for you and your family!

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  73. Crying... Praying for strength for you and the little ones and everyone who loved her.

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  74. We will miss you so much Sheri !!!!!!!!!! You are not suffering anymore !!!!! PRAISE GOD !!!!!!!!!! We celebrate your life and can't wait to see you in Heaven!

    Love you
    Aunt Louanne

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  75. I add my prayers and sympathy to the rest of the posters. I enjoyed the way Sheri wrote her blog - so real. It was a shock to come here on Monday and read she had passed away. What a fighter! My prayers go out to her children, husband, and family.

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  76. Sheri my daughter, I miss you soooo much!! I know you are in heaven, but we all miss you. Reese and Eli and Grandma prayed to God last night to ask Him to tell their Mommy that they miss her. We also thanked God that their Mommy has no more pain. We thanked God for special friends. And we asked God to keep their Daddy Eric safe and to comfort him. I am so thankful for my faith in God! I will remember my daughter who was very strong in her faith, and did not give up the fight. I know that her Dad and I will see her in heaven some day. Praise God!!!!

    We love you! Mom and Dad

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  77. What a powerful witness of faith and from Sheri's Mom! Her love is all encompassing. Prayers for your beautiful grandchildren and their sweet Daddy and for you both.

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  78. Praise God she is healed!
    My love and prayers to Eric and babies.
    What else can one say.
    Kati

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  79. I'm so sorry. May you rip.

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  80. So Sorry to hear of Sheri's loss....Praying peace and comfort to surround and carry this family.

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  81. I'm so sorry to hear this. The pain and battle is over for Sheri, its your pain now and I'm sorry for that too. I lost my darling sister in March this year to the same illness (Caroles blog - what a pain in the bum) was a follower of Sheri. Life is unkind sometimes, but somehow we get through by remembering the love and strength of our lost ones. God bless your family. Sarah xx

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