Sherry Spolowich, 42, was devoted to Schaghticoke heritage
She was born Feb. 25, 1971, in New Milford, to Kathleen Ann Schaffmeir and the late Ralph LeRoy Birch. She was married Nov. 15, 2008. She and her husband had two dogs that she loved very much, Shawnee and Wappoo.
She worked as a housekeeper with her husband. She enjoyed camping, gardening, beading, being with friends and family and being a Schaghticoke Indian.
She was known to be a fun-loving, free-spirited person who loved nature, gardening, the reservation and going barefoot.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her father-in-law, John Spolowich; her sister-in-law, Maxine Gautier; her mother, Kathleen Ann Schaffmeir; her stepfather, Martin Schaffmeir; her brothers, Martin Schaffmeir Jr.; Eugene Schaffmeir; Steven Birch, of Mississippi; Alan Birch, of Vermont; Michael Birch, and his wife, Rain, of North Carolina; her sisters, Helen (Meg) Birch, and her husband, Rich Simms, of Saugerties, N.Y., and Sue Birch Corbitt, and her husband, Mike Corbitt, of Groton; her aunt, Linda Herain; her uncle, Harold Birch; six nephews, Kevin, Danny, Christopher, Jason, Alan Jr., Mike Jr.; three nieces, Missy, Courtney and Madison; and several cousins.
A gathering will take place July 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 148 Kinney Hill Road in New Preston. Funeral arrangements are being handled privately.
Memorials can be made to www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/funeral-expenses-for-sherry/70357, or to Futures for Children, a charity devoted to helping children of Native American descent, at 9600 Tennyson St., N.E., Albuquerque NM 87122, or by visiting www.futuresforchildren.org.