Sherrell J. (Sherry) Hutchins

March 20, 1936 - December 15, 2018

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Wednesday, December 19, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Thursday, December 20, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Thursday, December 20, 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Sherrell J. “Sherry” Hutchins, 82, of Kendallville died Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 5:35 p.m. at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born March 20, 1936, in Lafayette to S. Chester and Beulah L. (Ballenger) Harter.

Sherry graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis in 1953 and from Hanover College with a degree in Human Relations in 1957.

On September 1, 1956, in Indianapolis she married John Berhalter Hutchins. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2008.

In 1958, Mrs. Hutchins joined her husband in the family business, Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home in Kendallville and Wolcottville, now Young Family Funeral Homes. In the nineteen seventies and eighties she developed Berhalter-Hutchins Community Services, a lending library of grief resources and workshops focusing on Explaining Death to Children, The Hospice Concept, Widowed to Widowed Outreach, and joined with local bereaved parents to form a chapter of Compassionate Friends.

On the state and national levels she traveled with her husband when he served the Indiana Funeral Directors and the National Funeral Directors Association, and she had the opportunity to develop and contribute to workshops and publications such as: ADVOCATING UNDERSTANDING, a Manual for Caregivers, GRIEF AND THE LOSS OF AN ADULT CHILD, WHEN A BABY DIES, edited by Theresa Rando, Phd., and a slide presentation on Women in Funeral Service.

In Kendallville she was an Elder and active member of the First Presbyterian Church, a past president of Gamma Xi Chapter of Tri Kappa, and a current member of its Alpha Associate Chapter, and a longtime member of the Tuesday Club and her local Book Club.

In the past, Sherry enjoyed volunteering as Service Unit Chairman of the Area Girl Scouts, developing the East Noble Community Resource Committee, and serving on the YMCA Board of Directors.

Surviving are a daughter, Stacia (Edward) Stump of Kimmell; a son, J. Scott (Deb Couture) Hutchins of Kendallville; six grandchildren, Sheryl (Ben) Hawkins of Nappanee; Ethan (Sara) Henry of Kendallville; Thomas (April) Henry of Kendallville; Jocelyn Hutchins of Fort Wayne; Justin (Laura) Stump of Columbia City; and Andrew Stump of Kimmell; six great-grandchildren, Wyatt Petrie-Hawkins, Madison Hawkins, Jeremiah Lewis, Jayden Stump, Bryson Stump, and Brooklyn Stump; a sister-in-law, Jalna J. Lang of Kingwood, Texas; a niece, Leslie Lang; and a nephew, Todd Lang.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and an infant son, Byron Harter Hutchins.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 11 am at the Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, with Rev. Stanley Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Visitation is Wednesday, December 19, 2018, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Casketbearers will be Sheryl Hawkins, Ben Hawkins, Ethan Henry, Thomas Henry, Jocelyn Hutchins, Hal “Howdy” Schuman, and Pat Young. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Preferred memorials are to the Tri Kappa Scholarship Fund.

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Guest Book

Jaren Shepherd/ Jamie Witte
December 20th, 2018 12:32pm
Kendallville/ Fort Wayne

We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Sherry. She was a wonderful woman that supported her family and community. On behalf of the entire Fischer family we send our deepest sympathies. Our families shared many memories together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May she Rest In Peace.

December 20th, 2018 12:01pm

Tom and Glenda Porter
December 20th, 2018 11:57am
Greensburg In.

To Stacia and Scott, We were great friends of your parents. .

Marilyn Peretti
December 20th, 2018 11:41am
Glen Ellyn, IL

Sherry has been in my life since grade school (#1 at Gale St and 36th St, Indianapolis), and in our latter years at the annual reunions. Quite unusual for a group of "girls" to stick together for so longgggg! Sherry especially did a super job of planning our reunion on Lake Winona in 2015! I was able to attend that one (from Chicago area) and it was a delight. About 2 days ago I got her Christmas card with sweet note. Bless you Sherry. Such a soft spoken dignified person. Bless you.

William and Barbara Drerup
December 20th, 2018 10:26am
Avilla, IN

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss of your Mom. The William and Barbara Drerup Family

Leppert John
December 19th, 2018 5:35pm

Your parents were the best, may they Rest In Peace

Doug & Laura Soboslay
December 19th, 2018 2:55pm
Phoenix Arizona

Our sincere condolences.

Brian & Gwen Jones
December 19th, 2018 7:09am
Pierceton IN

We are so very sorry for your loss!

Ethel Kline
December 19th, 2018 6:29am
Albion Indiana

Sherry was one of the jewels of Kendallville. She will be missed. Blessings to all.

Haryaksha Gregor Knauer
December 18th, 2018 2:26pm
Chino Valley, Arizona

Fond memories of a gracious cousin. "Uncle" John was likewise a bright and friendly guy. Condolences to Stacie and Scott. Haven't seen either of you for about 45 years, time flees! Every visit to K'ville was joyful. Round about this season there may be snow on the ground.

Sharen Ramsey
December 18th, 2018 2:08pm
Dalla, Texas

I am so sad to loose my dear friend and neighbor, Sherry Hutchins. A finer lady couldn't be found. Special prayers for the family and her many friends.

Eugene Wagner
December 18th, 2018 1:35pm
Cassopolis, Michigan

Please accept my sympathy. May God guide you in your grief and bless you in your bereavement.

Jim Richardson
December 17th, 2018 8:04pm

Stacie, Scott and families. My sympathies to all of you along with my prayers.

Deborah Boggs
December 17th, 2018 6:56pm

My heart goes out to you. I thought the world of Sherry. What a beautiful, kind, caring woman she was. A real treasure ❤️

Sara Biddle
December 17th, 2018 3:44pm

My thought are with you. Sherry was truly a sweet, classy lady, and I always enjoyed talking with her. You're all in my prayers.

Marietta Hite
December 17th, 2018 12:22pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Sherry was a delightful person and always so gracious. Will be greatly missed.

Gayle Armes
December 17th, 2018 11:14am

Sherry was such a lady of grace and professional in every manor. I remember he lady like laugh and smile and was always a joy to work for, I am certain she will be missed. Thank you Sherry for all the valuable lessons you taught me while working for you. Rest in peace.

Amber Herczeg Field
December 17th, 2018 1:51am
Naples, FL

My heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Hutchins Family. As a Family Friend for as long as I can remember, the great memories I have shall remain in my heart. I wish you all peace, comfort and strength at this time. God be with you. Amber

Tom and Jane Hulen
December 16th, 2018 4:41pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of the family and friends - such a wonderful lady she was - Blessings,

December 16th, 2018 4:00pm

Wonderful woman. Worked with her during her last days. Enjoyed time with her. She is very loved, and missed. Prayers to the family.