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Planning an Online Memorial for a Wonderful Blogger and Friend

There are bloggers who share lots of personal details of their lives, but I’m not one of them. I try very hard to keep my blog focused on the recipes, with a tiny glimpse of my life once in a while. Today I’ve literally been sitting in front of the computer for at an hour, trying to start the hardest post I’ve had to write since I started blogging. By now, many of you have heard that the lovely and wonderful Sher from What Did You Eat died from a heart attack on Sunday morning. My heart is simply aching at this news.

I had been trying to meet Sher in person for two summers now. Last year she had planned to drive down to San Francisco when I was there, but her personal life got turned upside down, and she just didn’t feel up to it. We made plans to meet again this past weekend when I was in San Francisco for the BlogHer conference. Sher was going to come to town on Saturday, share my room that night, and spend the next day with me and Christine from Christine Cooks. About a week ago Sher let me know she was having health problems and might not make it, and on Friday she confirmed that she wouldn’t be coming. It was that phone conversation which left my number on her phone, which led to her husband calling on Sunday morning to tell me that she had died.


Anyone reading this who has experienced the deep connections you can make online with people you’ve never met will understand why so many bloggers are feeling a huge loss today with this tragic news about Sher. Her best online friend, Glenna, has written a moving tribute to Sher at A Fridge Full of Food. As the news spreads, I have heard from more and more people who are deeply saddened and wondering how to honor her memory.


I first became acquainted with Sher through Weekend Herb Blogging, and as the night went on last evening, I kept thinking it would simply not feel right to go ahead with that event as usual this week. As a tribute to Sher, I have decided to suspend Weekend Herb Blogging for the week of July 21 – July 27.


Then I heard from Mary that Bread Baking Babes will be making one of Sher’s recipes and posting it on Sunday, July 27, and would be honored to have other people join in the tributes to Sher. I promised I would help get news of the plans to people who knew Sher through Weekend Herb blogging. If you are one of Sher’s fans and want to participate, Glenna also suggested that posting one of the recipes from her blog or writing about her on that day would be a wonderful way to honor her memory. Please feel free to participate in this in any way that feels right to you. (Edit: I’ve just learned that Glenna has offered to link the tribute posts to her tribute to Sher in order that Sher’s family and friends can find them. Bloggers who would like their tribute linked can send it to marie9949 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.)

(Edit) Below is the obituary and information about the memorial service I received from Sher’s husband Bob.)
Sherry Cermak
December 2, 1948 to July 20, 2008

Sherry was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, grew up in Illinois, and made Davis, California her home for the past 28 years. She died of a sudden heart attack on July 20, 2008.

Sherry graduated with High Honors from UC Davis in 1985, and from UCD’s School of Law in 1988. After a brief career as an Attorney, Sherry found her true calling as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and blogger. Her blog “What Did You Eat?” is a popular site with wonderful recipes and photographs of food she has creatively prepared. The weekend postings are updates on the life of her cats and rescued wildlife.

Sherry was cherished and loved by her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed.

Sherry is survived by her husband of 37 years, Bob Cermak; brother Frank Cunningham III, and several loving cousins, aunts and uncles, and her mother-in-law Margaret (Bunty) Cermak.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 26 at 10 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Rd., with a reception to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Sherry’s name to the Wildlife Care Association. Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at Wiscombe Funeral.

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    39 Comments on “Planning an Online Memorial for a Wonderful Blogger and Friend”

  1. Kalyn,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. I hope you are well.


  2. Sounds like she did so many great things and touched many lives…human and animal. There is no greater job than saving an animal. Bravo to her life!

  3. Oh dear Lord I didn’t know.

    I love Sher she was one of the first blogs I ever began reading.

  4. What sad news! So sorry to hear it! What a sudden tragedy! All my best to her family!

  5. I am lost in words… Sher is a wonderful friend and blogger… I miss her so much.. Sher, R.I.P.

  6. That’s very sad news, Kalyn. I didn’t know Sher, but had visited her blog many times before. My heart goes out to all her family and friends.

  7. Thanks for sharing this sad news – I enjoyed Sher’s blog and am so sorry to hear the news – she will be missed

  8. Thanks for letting others know about this Kalyn. It was through WHB that I came into contact with Sher. She sent me a very nice compliment along with her entry when I was hosting. Even with that brief contact, I realized how very small and what a community I discovered through food blogging.

  9. Kalyn,
    Your post brought tears to my eyes. What a lovely tribute to an amazing woman. I only wish I would have taken the time to get to know her even better.

  10. This is so sad. I was regular reader of her blog. She will be missed.

  11. I’m speechless. This is such sad and surprising news! And thank you for posting it, Kalyn. Add me to the many people who will sorely miss seeing Sher’s wonderful posts and comments.


  12. Kayln,
    Sher made this wonderful world of food/cat/herb blogging a beautiful place to be and enjoy. She enriched all our lives so much.
    Sher and I wrote many times and she was so loving, insightful and interesting.
    Thank you so much for helping to coordinate the wonderful tributes.
    I am sure Sher’s spirit will always shine brightly through the writing of the many inspired by her accomplishments.
    I will miss her so very much as I have been missing Upsie and Pumpkin!

  13. Thank you to everyone for the love for Sher your comments display and your support for everyone who is feeling this great loss.

    For those who might be wondering, Sher was my age (59) and we had great plans for traveling together after I was retired. Much too young to be gone in such a sudden way.

  14. Kalyn, I am so sorry. My condolences go out Sher’s husband and the rest of her family.

    I only knew Sher through exchanged blog comments but I found her warm writing stlye a pleaure to read and her recipes inspiring. I am sure the food blogging community will miss her terribly.

    From the little picture she kept on her side bar, I imagined her to be young- perhaps the same age as me. I now assume this was not the case, but it has made this even more shocking to me.

  15. that is so sad to hear. blogging creates strong, beautiful bonds. i did “know” her through her blog. she will be missed. hugs to you, dear kalyn.

  16. Oh, Kalyn, this was such shocking news. Sher is among the first people I connected with when I began my blog, and the comments she left on my blog have always felt special because of that.

    I admired her cooking, her garden, and her warmth. She was such a fun, witty writer. The posts she did in her cat’s voice were especially hilarious. When I first learned she was also a wildlife rehabilitator I told her she was my hero. It’s still true.

    It’s hard to imagine her being gone.

  17. Kalyn, I am sorry you had to experience this first hand. Sher was a great lady and a wonderful soul and she will be missed.

  18. Kalyn – what a beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to make something from her blog that was near and dear to her! thank you for letting people know.

  19. So sad! I was really shocked by the news! I will miss Sher and her blog very much!

    All my condolences to her family and friends.