Sherry Lane Nieman was born August 2, 1949 in Scotland, SD to Marvin and Eileen (Hessman) Nieman. They lived on a farm between Olivet and Scotland for a short time. Her father passed away when she was 15 months old. The family eventually made their home on a small acreage south of Montrose. She graduated from Montrose High School in 1967. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Dakota State College in 1971. Sherry started dating Darrel Wicks after college and they were married in November of 1972. Their union was blessed with three children; Jason, Kim & Lisa. They lived in Salem for a few years where she ran her own in-home business, Sherry Lane’s Flowers & Gifts and decorated special occasion cakes. In 1976, they moved to the Wicks Family Farm north of Montrose.
Sherry was a High School English teacher for almost 30 years. Her first teaching position after college graduation was in Canova. In the summer of 1973, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom, while working part time as the Green Thumb coordinator for Turner & McCook counties. In 1980, she took a teaching position at Canistota High School where she later retired after 27 years in 2007. She was an English Teacher for various grade levels, but also taught French, was the drama coach and the all-school play director for many years. She enjoyed her position as the School Librarian, as well. Sherry developed many long-lasting friendships with her fellow teachers and staff. To this day, many students have shared how big of an impact Sherry made on their lives.
In her adult years, she was an active member of many organizations; St. Patrick’s Altar Society, Catholic Daughters St. Thomas Court 1533, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Busy Bees. She took pride in her membership and was always willing to devote her time & talents whenever possible. She also volunteered at the Humboldt Food Pantry where she welcomed everyone in with her warm smile.
Family reunions, picnics, gatherings, holidays & parties brought so much joy to Sherry’s heart; the more the merrier! She loved to plan the food, with plenty of salads & desserts, Bingo, prizes & gifts for all. She wanted everyone, young and old, to make memories that would last a lifetime.
Her grandkids were the light of her life. She made it her mission to attend all their events and was always their #1 fan in the front row. The kids spent many fun nights at grandma’s house breaking the rules, eating lots of candies and sweets, making messes, and giggling into the early hours of the morning.
Sherry was notorious for finding a good deal, whether it be on Facebook Marketplace, a thrift store, a garage sale, or a clearance rack in any store. She was an avid & experienced bargain hunter. She also loved to make all kinds of crafts & floral arrangements. She continued with her floral business, making wedding flowers for many years. She was very resourceful, talented, and creative and enjoyed sharing her gifts with others. She helped her kids, nieces, and nephews with 4-H projects every year for the McCook County Fair. And she absolutely loved attending the Turner County Fair every August with her kids and grandkids, especially on half price carnival rides night! Trapshooting was one of Sherry’s most unique talents. She had many trophies on display and was proud to talk about how good she was at shooting that shotgun.
Sherry had a heart of gold. She always thought of others before she thought of herself. If someone was in need, she was the first to step up to help. Her big smile brightened every room and she gave the most incredible hugs.
On Monday, January 15th, 2024, Sherry lost her courageous battle with kidney disease. She spent her last days of life at the peaceful Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
Sherry is survived by: her husband, Darrel of Montrose; children, Jason (Shelley) Wicks of Luverne, MN, Kim (Brad) Kramer of Hartford and Lisa Wicks also of Hartford; grandchildren, Sydney, Dawson, Brooklyn, Parker & Tyler Wicks all of Luverne, Adelynn & Ayla Kramer of Hartford, and Carter & Ella Wicks also of Hartford; her siblings, Benita (Scott) Brady and Scott (Kathy) Binder also of Montrose, her beloved aunts and uncles, numerous nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews and many, many loving cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin, mother, Eileen, step-father, Ben Binder, her mother & father-in-law Ruth & Morris Wicks.