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Sherri Lisa Cogan Gall


Sherri Lisa Cogan Gall
August 6, 1966 - September 15, 2011
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sherri Cogan Gall, on September 15, 2011, after a very courageous battle with cancer. Sherri's death leaves a hole in the hearts of all who loved her. Sherri will be sorely missed by her devoted and loving husband Ron, children Daniel and Noah, parents Harvey and Nessie Cogan, brother Allan (Shawna) and niece and nephew Lindsay and Joshua Cogan. She will also be missed by her father- in-law Bill Gall, brother-in-law Perry Gall (Batya) and her niece Sarah Gall. In addition to her immediate family, Sherri will be sadly missed by her loving extended family of many aunts, uncles and cousins.
With Sherri's enthusiasm and beautiful smile she made lifelong friends wherever she went. Sherri was always the first to respond to a friend in need with the appropriate words, books or meals to help in any situation. Her sense of humour, love of life and caring ways will be missed by all of her friends. Sherri was a spiritual person who saw God’s presence in the world through the acts of kindness of others. She certainly held a special place in her heart for these dear friends who helped her during her time of need: Sindee Wilhelmer, Marlaina Sommer, Orna Stoller, Judi Shuster, Adina Altein, Tikva Ellis and sister-in-law Shawna Cogan.
Sherri’s passion for helping others started at an early age. When she was in high school, she spent countless hours volunteering with the Facts of Life Line and Klinic, counseling those in need.
Sherri attended Talmud Torah Elementary School and continued her education at Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate where she graduated with honours in 1984. In 1990, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Physiotherapy. Sherri was a keen and devoted employee who had varied work experiences within the field of physiotherapy. Over the course of her career, she worked at Seven Oaks and Concordia Hospitals, Occupational Rehab Group of Canada and her own business, Home Program Physiotherapy. Her latest position was with Jewish Child and Family Services.
Growing up, Sherri enjoyed summers with her family at Detroit Lakes and later at the Gimli Trailer Park. Sherri and Allan had a special bond. They would often spend hours reminiscing about their childhood together.
Sherri and Ron started dating in 1987 and later married on October 3, 1991. They spent their entire adult lives growing up together and had unconditional love for each other. They enjoyed numerous vacations travelling, camping and spending time outdoors.
Once Daniel and Noah were born, they purchased a cabin and spent many summer vacations in Clear Lake. Time together as a family was what mattered most to Sherri. She cherished the memories created by family trips to places such as Toronto, Palm Springs, Disneyland and Wisconsin Dells. Later, as Daniel and Noah got older, and loved to shop, they spent many vacations in Minneapolis.
Sherri was a very creative person and it was evident in so much of what she did for her family. When Daniel and Noah were young, Sherri would delight in making fabulous, themed home-made cakes for each birthday and sewing costumes for a variety of occasions. She would do these labours of love even if it meant staying up all night. Over the last 5 years, her creativity shone in the scrapbooks that she made for her children and her parents. She was even able to share this gift with Daniel's classmates when she was invited into school to teach the entire grade some of the skills involved. Her love of her family is clearly evident in all of these projects. These books are gifts that keep those memories alive and they will always be treasured by everyone in the family.
Being a mother is what Sherri loved best. Her boys meant everything to her and she cherished every minute she spent with them, whether it was playing board games, Guitar Hero or helping them with their homework. Sherri was always so proud of all that her two “best boychakins” did, whether it was the sports that they participated in (golf, tennis or basketball), their academic achievements at school or just watching them be together at home. They always brought a smile of love and pride to her face.
The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses at CancerCare Manitoba who helped Sherri throughout her illness. A special thank you is extended on behalf of the family to Dr. Marshall Pitz, and his nurse Linda Davison, Dr. Gary Schroeder and pharmacists Diane Johnson and Meghan Gaudry. We would also like to thank Dr. Morel Rubinger and Dr. Harvey M. Chochinov for their support. In addition, the family would  like to thank all the staff at 3-East Palliative Care Unit at Riverview Health Centre, including Dr. St. Godard and Nurse Dana, for the caring and sensitive ways in which they helped the family during this difficult time.
The funeral service was held September 16, 2011 at the Herzlia Adas Yeshrun Synagogue officiated by Rabbi Ari Ellis. The pallbearers were Dave Chochinov, Dr. Harvey M. Chochinov, Evan Roitenberg, Dr. Perry Gall, Sheppy Coodin and Al Benarroch.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and Gray Academy of Jewish Education.
Shayna Liba
Many women have excelled, but you outshine them all!
Sherri you will live in our hearts and our thoughts forever.
We love you.
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