Sheryl Ann Tiensvold-Dean passed away suddenly but peacefully March 11th, 2021 at the age of 76. She is preceded in death by her parents Mary and Howard Tiensvold of Rushville, NE, sister Marilyn Kay and brother Leroy H Tiensvold. Sheryl is survived by her 4 daughters and 7 grandchildren. Daughter Marni Kurtz and husband Greg of Sammamish, WA, Lanie Dean Griffin of Walnut Creek, CA, Andrea Beyer of Murrieta, CA whom she lived with these past 11 years, Shannon Dean and husband Alex of Palo Alto, CA and her grandkids Jordan Kurtz, Tom Kurtz, Katherine Beyer, Amanda Beyer, Ethan Beyer, Wes Griffin & Wilson Sinunu ranging in age from 7 yrs to 22 yrs old. Also husband Thomas M Dean of New York City and beloved nephews Gary and Alan Tiensvold from Rushville, NE.
Sheryl was born in Rushville March 23, 1944 and graduated from the University of Colorado with majors in French and Italian. She was married to Thomas M Dean in Greeley, CO and raised her children in the suburb city of Katonah, New York, She then moved to Southern California with her daughters and worked in medical translation in her final years before retirement from Beckman Coulter. Sheryl was an avid part of all of her daughters’ lives traveling and vacationing with them often and being grandma to her 7 grandchildren. She possessed a gentle spirit, sincere kindness and an infectious laugh. She was loved and admired by so many for her calm nature and sincere, genuine friendships. Youngest daughter Shannnon shares the below:
It is with shattered hearts we share the sudden loss of our beautiful mamma Sheryl Ann Dean. As we try to pick up the pieces of our broken souls and cultivate the strength to move on in a life that does not include her bright smile and mane of grey-streaked auburn hair, we are forever grateful for the 76 years she blessed this world. From her farm girl roots (as the perfect mix of a bit if a rebel and dedicated Catholic) in Rushville, Nebraska, to the New York years living the high life (and hitting some lows) where we were all born, to her final decades in the sun (where she was always most happy) in California- she was adored by many and deeply cherished by her kids. We are struggling to fathom a place without her—lover of dogs, cats, great ice cream and sun. She had a deep internal strength that few saw and a great cackle that sparkled a room. The best thing she ever did was love us—unwaveringly, consistently and deeply. Rest Mamma.
Donations can be made in her name to Shadow HUSKY RESCUE : https://www.shadowhuskyrescue.com/
Funeral Services will be Thursday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St Martha’s Catholich Church, https://stmarthamurr.com/.