Sherry Anne Albertson (Grassit)


Sherry Anne Albertson passed away after a brave battle with cancer on August 16, 2019. She was born on May 20, 1947 to Betty and Earl Grassit in Cedar Rapids, IA. She was raised in Mankato, MN and attended Mankato High School graduating in 1965. Four years later, Sherry graduated from Minnesota State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega National Sorority. Her first teaching experience was at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico.
In 1973, she moved to Rochester, MN. While living in Rochester, she was on the board of directors for The Children's Place as well as the PORT Board which served offenders from a three-county area to enable them to stay in their local corrections program. In the early 80s, she was involved in the hospital/homebound tutoring program affiliated with the public schools and Mayo Clinic. In 1984, the school district asked Sherry to establish a Newcomer Center for Southeast Asian children arriving in Rochester after fleeing the Cambodian refugee camps. In 1988, Sherry started teaching first grade at Jefferson Elementary. In 1990, she received the Excellence in Education Award presented by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. This was in recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of education and for making a difference in the lives of students. Sherry always considered herself a strong advocate for children's rights.
After retiring from education, she purchased The Country Life in Plainview, MN. She was passionate about her shop and it was a dream come true for her. She was proud to represent American craftsmanship in handcrafted furniture and art.
Sherry is survived by the love of her life, Dr. Dean Albertson, daughters Jennifer Bierbaum Thorpe (Brian), Molly Bierbaum Kerr (Dan), step-daughter Heather Klees (Marty) and step-son Dean Albertson II (Kathy). Her adorable grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, are Elizabeth, Caitlin, Kelly, Lauren, Campbell, Ainsley, Lyla, Jack and Ellen. Also, surviving are cousins Roxanne Yetter of Oklahoma City, OK, Rex Cline or Modesto, CA and Mike Cline of Cedar Rapids, IA. Survivors include her "sister friends" and they know who they are.
Both Sherry and Dean were advocates of animal rescue and rescued older Basset Hounds from Flash, Miss Ruby, Boomer and Max were cherished family members.
Any donations may be made to any animal rescue or shelter of the donor's choosing.

"A Better Gift"
Mend a quarrel
Seek out a forgotten friend
Share some treasure
Give a soft answer
Encourage youth
Keep a promise
Find the time
Apologize if you were wrong
Be gentle
Laugh a little
Laugh a little more
Express your gratitude
Welcome a stranger
Gladden the heart of a child
Take pleasure in beauty and wonder of the earth
Speak your love
Speak it again
Speak it still once again
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Kathleen Wood
Aug 18, 2019
Condolences to Sherry’s precious family. The world has lost a bright light.
Vicki Rogers Roy
Aug 18, 2019
Sherry will be greatly missed! Her passion for doing good and always giving her best was evident even grade school at Roosevelt Elementary in Mankato. She was always there to listen and encourage, to giggle and even shed some tears as we walked back and forth to Roosevelt, Lincoln and Mankato High. So many happy memories from school, church and just hanging out! I am grateful for the memories and for all Sherry gave over the years to make us all better!
Lucinda Fraser
Aug 18, 2019
We knew she was special in high school. So good to see all her accolades and awards that proved us right. My deep thoughts to the family and friends of this wonderful person. May all the memories help you through this sorrowful time.