Born: December 25, 1943
Died: September 5, 2012
Sherry was born a twin on Christmas day of 1943 in Sacramento, California to Lawrence Joseph and Amelia (Nickolie) Evangelisti. Raised in Roseville, she graduated
from Roseville High School in 1961. She participated in synchronized swimming, cheerleading, tap and ballet, and Girls Athletic Association. Sherry married Ted Banducci April 28, 1962 and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad in the steno pool. Her first son, Todd Michael, was born June 27, 1963 and Thomas Joseph was born December 6, 1965. In June of 1971, the family moved to Athol, Idaho where they owned and ran the Double B Grocery, Trailer Park and Motel with Dale and Sandy Bunch (her twin sister and husband). She also worked at Farragut State Park and in real estate. Moving into Coeur d’Alene in 1977, she went to work full time for the Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation North Region Headquarters. Later she worked at Itron and then Silverwood Theme Park as the Operations Manager - a job well suited for her fun-loving spirit. In the 1980s she attended North Idaho College and LCSC and also volunteered in the Court Diversion program. After two years managing Rockford Bay Resort, Sherry returned to the state working in Child Support Services until her retirement in December of 2008. Her first grandchild, Paul Michael was born in 1988, Marcus Lyle in 1991 and Alexandra (Allie) Nicole in 2000. She was a loving grandma who was involved in their young lives taking them skiing, swimming, to the theater and spending time camping up the Coeur d’Alene River. Over the years she attended hundreds of baseball, basketball, and soccer games, wrestling matches, dance recitals and competitive cheer events. She was blessed in the birth of her first great-granddaughter, Amaressa Renee Banducci in October of 2010. Not leaving all of the fun to the kids - Sherry was “all in” with the Red Hot Mamas, joining the group in performances at two presidential inaugural parades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, London New Year’s Parade, and the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. More recently, she was a member of the Blazen’ Divaz. Sherry enjoyed quilting and as a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church she created Christmas raffle quilts for their yearly holiday bazaar. She also supported Relay for Life and was a member of the 3 C’s. Loving to travel, Sherry visited many places including: Hawaii, Canada, St. Thomas, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Gibralter, England, France, Monte Carlo, Mexico, Roatan, and Guatemala.
Sherry passed into the arms of the Lord on September 5th after a courageous 11 month battle with cancer. She is survived by her son Todd (Babette), grandson Paul (Mary), great-granddaughter Amaressa, and grandson Marcus all of Coeur d’Alene; son Tom (Kim) and granddaughter Allie of North Bend, WA; almost son James (Deanna) Anderson, grandson Collin and granddaughter Emma also of North Bend; sister Sandra (Evangelisti) Bunch, her husband Dale and their sons Bobby, Brian (Cari), Brent (Liz) and their children all of Coeur d’Alene; Uncle Joe and Aunt Evie Conley, cousins Janice and Karen of California; cousin Jim Ragsdale of Colorado; and best friend Vicky Jo Carey of Post Falls. She was preceded in death by both her father and mother, and loving stepfather Tim Benoit.
A memorial is planned at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Saturday, October 6th at 11:00 a.m. A celebration of life will follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835.
Visit Sharon’s online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com
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