November 9, 2022
Mirella C. Sherman, 93, of Lake Jackson, Texas passed away on Wednesday, November 9. She had spent the days prior surrounded by her daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Mirella was born in Scaperia, Italy, a province of Florence, on August 24, 1929, to her parents, Ugo and Pierina Cesarini. She and her family prevailed through the difficulties of World War 2 in Italy before immigrating to America. She arrived in America in July of 1954, coming through Ellis Island before arriving in Texas on July 9, 1954. She proudly became a US citizen in 1959. In 1960 she began a 58-year marriage to the love of her life, Earl, and had one daughter, Cindy, later that year.
Despite not knowing English when she arrived, she was able to secure a job at Weingarten's soon after arriving in Lake Jackson. She was incredibly grateful for the opportunity, and worked hard to not only be a good employee but to learn the language to assimilate into the American culture, though always remaining very proud of her home country. After Weingartenís, she spent 5 years working for Boggs Nursery School, Wilsonís, and eventually retiring from Sablaturaís Office Supply.
She was very proud to be a member of St. Michaelís Catholic Church and was a member from the churchís beginning as a mission. She was a C.C.D. teacher for 7 years, the final 2 being the coordinator of communion classes. She was one of the first presidents of the Women of St. Michaelís, now known as the Catholic Daughters of America 2364, and served on the funeral committee and St., Vincent de Paul Society. She was also a longtime volunteer with the Brazosport Regional Hospital.
Nonna, as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was the definition of the American dream. She always put others first and was most proud of her volunteer work and family. Even at 93 years old, she was an avid user of Facebook, mainly to keep up with her family all over the world, and especially to see her great-grandchildren. She passed on the values of giving of oneís self, the importance of faith and family, and the belief that you can accomplish all things through hard work and determination.
Mirella is preceded in death by her husband, Earl, sister, Luciana Farrar, and Brother, Nick Cesarini. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Williams, grandchildren Cullen Williams and wife Lacey, Cody Williams, and Carly Williams, and her great-grandchildren Jackson, Josephine, and Jace, Sister-In-Law Elena Cesarini, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the many family members, friends, and members of the Catholic Daughters for their support during this time, as well as Dr. Alkesh Amin for his many years of care. Also, a very special thank you to Marely Cordova and Mina Torres for their loving care for the past 5 years.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 16 at St. Michaelís Catholic Church with Msgr. Leo Wleczyk presiding. The rosary will be from 10:30-11:00, also at St. Michaelís. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Vincent de Paul or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lakewoodfuneralchapel.com.