Wayne L. Sherman

HOWLAND – The great Lord in his infinite wisdom called home his faithful servant, the Rev. Dr. Wayne Louis Sherman, 69, on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

He was born in Carlsbad, N.M., to Stanley and Violet Sherman. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Hartwick College with a bachelor of arts, Hamma School of Theology with a bachelor of divinity, and the Graduate Theological Foundation with his doctorate of theology.

He married Ellen Bayley of Springfield on June 15, 1968.

As a minister he served congregations in Brandt, Forest Park, Bellefontaine, Ashtabula and, until his retirement in 2010, St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Warren.

Throughout his career he enjoyed serving on many boards and committees. He even served as a volunteer firefighter early in his career.

Locally, he sat on the board of Shepherd of the Valley, was creator and director of Warren’s Summer Outreach Ministry, and a local coordinator for J.O.S.H.U.A. House youth ministries. Additionally, he was instrumental in developing Hope Lutheran Parish of Trumbull County. His ministry focus was always social ministry and youth.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen; his children, Stephen Sherman of San Diego, Heidi (Irfan Nooruddin) Sherman of Columbus and Hope (Joseph) Serritella of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; the lights of his life, his grandchildren, Esme Nooruddin, Daniel Serritella and Emil Nooruddin; his sibling, Kathleen Mahoney of Rochester, N.Y.; his sisters-in-law, Lucinda Mellot of Phoenix and Barbara Worman of Springfield, Mo.; and his “designer mutt,” Walter the dog. He is also survived by his beloved St. Mark family.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers-in-law Michael Mahoney and William Bayley, as well as a sister-in-law Kathy Bayley.

A cremation memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday at St. Mark Lutheran Church. The Rev. Dee Emmert will officiate. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark J.O.S.U.A. fund, the St. Mark Memorial Fund or to the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County in his memory.

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