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Ethel Sherman

April 22, 1921 ~ December 10, 2020 (age 99)


Boardman - Ethel Sherman, 99 years old, passed away peacefully in her own home on Thursday, December 10, 2020. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1921. Ethel was the daughter of Benjamin and Gladys Harshman and she was one of nine children. She grew up in Youngstown and graduated from South High School. Ethel married Mannie Sherman in 1946 and they spent 47 wonderful married years together until his death in 1993. Ethel is survived by her two children, Bruce Sherman (Carol) of Canfield, Sherry Sherman (Jeff Raz) of San Francisco; four grandchildren Bryna Miller (Greg), Rachel Sherman (Phil Tierney), Micah and Joshua Sherman-Raz; four great-grandchildren, Matthew and Samantha Miller, Sarah and Jacob Sherman;  sister, Sarah Rosenzweig; brother, Morton Harshman (Barbara); sisters-in-law Florence Harshman and Joan Harshman and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members. 

For over thirty years, Ethel was the Office Manager for her brother, Abe Harshman, a well-known CPA in the Youngstown community. After Abe’s death, she continued to work as a bookkeeper with her son, Bruce, and most recently she worked with HD Davis, CPAs.

Ethel always credited her excellent physical health and youthful appearance to her many years of walking, her active participation in Pilates classes at the YMCA and working out with her personal trainer, Chris. Her mental acuity was enhanced by her love of crosswords, word finds and puzzling.  

Ethel’s greatest joy was her family and her dear friends of all ages. She was genuinely interested in everyone she met and would sit for hours listening to them talk about their lives and giving them sound advice. She enjoyed attending Friday evening Sabbath services and holiday events at the temple where she would sit around the tables and share meals and conversation with fellow congregants.

She was also known for her famous homemade applesauce, kugel and macaroni and cheese which could not be replicated no matter how many of us tried. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren always request these dishes, even while away at college.

Ethel was a member of Hadassah, Na’Amat and Rodef Sholom Sisterhood.  She was a member of Congregation Rodef Sholom for sixty-five years. 

Ethel’s life motto, “Be Well and Be Happy”, is the best way we can honor her long and joyous life.

Due to COVID-19, private family services are being arranged by Shriver-Allison-
Courtley Funeral Home for Tuesday, December 15 at 1:30 at Rodef Sholom Cemetery.
Friends and family may view the services via Zoom: 

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A Shiva Service will be held via zoom Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Friends can
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The family requests contributions in memory of Ethel be made to “Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology at “”. Or, PO Box 1624, Youngstown, Oh 44501.

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