Sherry K. Ochocki, 66, Fargo, ND died on September 27, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo after a 3-year battle with cancer.
Sherry was born to Palmer and May (Merkel) Vicker on July 12, 1954 in Rochester, MN, the 3rd of 10 children. She graduated from Byron High School in 1972. After high school, Sherry graduated from Rochester Area Vocational School’s LPN Program. She worked as psychiatric technician at the Rochester State Hospital, then as a nurse at the Spink County Hospital in Redfield, SD. Later in life, she obtained a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and paralegal studies. Sherry joined the Minnesota National Guard in 1973 and transitioned to the Army Reserves before retiring from the armed forces in 1985.
It was through their military service that Sherry met her husband, Dr. Thomas Ochocki. They were married in October 1981 and had one child, Melissa Hope. Tom and Sherry also lovingly cared for 23 foster children in the 1980s.
Sherry is survived by: her daughter, Hope; two step sons, Aaron and Jason; cherished grandchildren Tobias, Lucian, and Alexa; sisters Judy Vicker, Mary Lou (Darrell) Koch, Sheila Campion (Larry Crowe), Lisa (Timothy) Lee, Shelley (John) Naatz; brothers Danny, Randy (Jill), and Leonard; half brothers Arthur (Sharon) Merkel and Gary Lyke; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom (2018), parents Palmer and May Vicker (1999), and infant sister, Brenda (1965).
Visitation: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Faith + Journey Lutheran Church, West Fargo, ND.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Faith + Journey Lutheran Church, West Fargo, ND.
Military Honors: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
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