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Hope Sherfey


January 27, 2021

Hope Sherfey, 88, of Sterling passed away early Monday morning, January 18, 2021 at her home.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastor Bruce Neal of the Oshkosh Wesleyan Church officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oshkosh City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home and Cremations in Oshkosh is serving the Sherfey Family.

Family and friends can leave condolences at

Hope was born Nov 15, 1932 to Leroy (Roy) and Olive (Rittenhouse) Meissner in Lewellen NE. She was raised in Lewellen, Lemoyne, and Oshkosh. While living in Lemoyne she and her father enjoyed keeping track of the rising water level when Lake McConaughy was being filled.

Hope and Sidney Sherfey were married Dec 17, 1946 and raised their four children in Sidney NE where Hope worked for many years in the school district, first as a cashier in the cafeteria and then retired after 14 years as a teacher’s assistant at Special Education Unit #14. She loved and was loved by those special children.

Hope enjoyed playing the piano, created beautiful embroidered items and enjoyed many different craft projects through the years. She was beautiful inside and out and saw the beauty in all things. She loved and grew many beautiful flowers in her yard. Hope was a wonderful cook and she loved to bake. Even though she and her kitchen were small, her heart was large. She hosted many extended family dinners and provided a temporary home for two nephews as they attended technical college. The friends of her children often gathered in her kitchen for a meal or a baked treat.

After retirement she enjoyed 18 years in Mesa AZ where she loved to dance, play pool, play cards and travel before moving to Sterling in 2007. She enjoyed making new friends and playing cards in Sterling. Hope loved her family unconditionally and her quiet support was always present.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her step father, Martin Fiesterman; daughter Debora; sister, Lela Dayley; her special aunt, Margie Lane; special uncles, Shirley and Roy Rittenhouse; and cousin Ralynn Rittenhouse.

She is survived by daughters, Linda (Don) Davis of North Platte NE and Janett Pollman of Sterling; son, Larry (Linda) Sherfey of Lewellen NE: six granddaughters, Casey Sherfey, Amy Craig, Amanda and Jennifer Pollman, Kathryn Hansen and Krista Martin; five great grandchildren, Jaylen Bignell, Logan and Caitlyn Craig, Boston and Aspyn Schluterbusch; two great great granddaughters Azaria and Azamarah Soto Melendez; sister, Sharon (Larrie) Swanson of Sterling; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation on line at or mailed to 8815 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando FL 32835.


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