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KORSCH, Sheryl

October 22, 1948 — June 19, 2021

Sheryl Korsch, loving wife and best friend to her husband, Heinz, for 45 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 19, 2021.  She suffered a stroke several weeks earlier resulting in declining health until she joined her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Heaven.

Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sheryl immigrated to Kelowna, BC after marrying Heinz Korsch on June 5, 1970 in Chancellor, South Dakota. Her schooling included Turner County Elementary school, Lennox High school, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Sioux Falls College in 1970.  Her first teaching position with local School District #23 was a Grade 4 class in Okanagan Centre.  Over her 34-year career, she taught grades 1 – 4 and led many music classes and choirs at multiple elementary schools in Kelowna before retiring in 2004.

Sheryl accepted Jesus as her personal saviour at an early age at the First Baptist Church in Chancellor, South Dakota.  A highlight of her life was when she joined the God’s Volunteers Gospel musical team and travelled extensively from coast to coast in Canada and the US in 1968-69.  Heinz was also part of the musical team and their first introduction to each other was on September 2, 1968, in Edmonton, AB.  The GV Team’s mission was to share God’s Love in the Church and Community through evening programs, children’s programs, prison ministries, or whatever else the local church had planned for them during their one to two week stays.  Through this ministry, Sheryl made many life-long friends who she cherished very much, and she enjoyed attending the reunions to renew those friendships.

Church involvement was very central to Heinz and Sheryl’s weekly activities including church boards and the music program to mention a few. Sheryl sang in the choir for over 40 years and served in the music ministry as a pianist and organist.  She also considered it a privilege to accompany choirs, ensembles, soloists and small groups, as well as sharing her musical abilities for funerals and weddings.

Sheryl loved and cherished time spent with her family and friends, she loved connecting with them and encouraging them with songs and scriptures via Facebook and email.  Sheryl’s favorite destination was the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, Hawaii.  She also enjoyed so many road trips: across Canada and the US, and many day trips throughout the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

Sheryl is survived by her brothers Lynn and Kevin (Sara), sister-in-law Hilda, brothers-in-law Werner (Hannah), Egon (Adelheid), and Otto (Gisela), and many special nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Heinz; by her parents, Alvin and Delores, and her brother Arden.  Special thanks to good friends Dave and Gloria for their gracious support during Sheryl’s health journey.

A special thank-you to the Kelowna General Hospital ICU and unit 5B doctors and nurses, and to the Hospice House staff for making Sheryl comfortable and cared for.

A Memorial Service will be held, due to the current pandemic restrictions it will be by invitation only.  The family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join by Livestream on TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021, AT 10:00 AM (see below).  A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Helen’s Acre’s c/o Trinity Legacy Foundation.

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Condolences

  • Lynn Hammerstrom says:

    To those in in immediate family and in-laws, friends. My condolences and prayers for comfort. I am Sheryl’s brother Lynn. I live in South Dakota,USA. I will be unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sheryl was a kind and faithful servant of her Savior. She loves the church there in Kelowna. She gave her life to service there. Thank you all for your support of her during and after Heinz’ health issues and passing and during her short illness. God Bless you all!!

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Dave and Gloria says:

    Sheryl was a very dear friend and will be deeply missed. Our condolences to her family as you adjust to life without her. May God bless and comfort each one of you.

  • Margaret Gerbrandt says:

    Sheryl was a lovely lady who shared her talents to bless others. Her love for her Lord and Saviour was evident in how she lived, together with Heinz and then on her own.
    Our love and condolences to her family and her dear friends who will miss her, but also know she is now at Home in Heaven.
    With our sympathy and love, Gilbert and Margaret Gerbrandt

  • Jim and Carol Church says:

    We are grateful to have know both Heinz and Sheryl. We will remember them as a kind, ,compassionate couple who loved Jesus.

  • Susan and Carney says:

    Precious child of God, faithful servant for His good works, much loved friend. You are sorely missed; but all celebrate that you are Home.

  • Nicki Lang says:

    Sheryl was a dear friend of my parents, Bob and Phyllis Lang, for many, many years after meeting during God’s Volunteers. I was so touched by the way she continued to be a friend to me even after the passing of my parents. She was always so kind and thoughtful, and I will miss her presence in my life.

  • Brenda & Wayne Alguire says:

    We will dearly miss Sheryl. Her encouraging words, sweet smile, faithful serving spirit in our faith community, heart of worship, and continual prayer support have been a privilege to watch and personally experience. This dear saint has been welcomed Home by her Saviour and dearest Friend. Such joy, that we can only imagine. Our condolences to Sheryl’s loved ones who remain…you will miss her dearly also. Love in Christ

  • Loraine Cleave says:

    Sheryl was a beautiful person whose life shone with the love she had for her Saviour and also for those around her. She touched many with her talents and her kindness. Sheryl and Heinz will both be remembered for their devotion to their Lord, family and many friends. May the God of all comfort bring peace. Sincerely Loraine Cleave

  • Daryl Hammerstrom says:

    My condolences to all the family. What a tribute to Sheryl of her life’s journey and what a BLESSING she was to so many in her life and such a great walk with GOD in her journey of life 👍

  • Chris. Gibson says:

    Heinz I’m sad to hear of Sheryl’s passing. My deepest condolences. May her memory be a blessing.

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