Sherry Lynn Karpen
Monday, 06 May 1946 - Friday, 12 June 2020
Funeral Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Sherry was born on May 6, 1946 to Phillip Bogen and Fannie Sandow in Paterson, NJ. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in English Education from Fairleigh Dickenson University and her Masters of Arts Degree in English Literature from William Paterson University. Sherry was the proud mother of Scott Karpen and Stacey Karpen Dohn, and grandmother to Mia, Isabella, and Emily Karpen. She was a loving mother-in-law to Katerina Karpen and Jaime Dohn. Sherry was a beloved niece to Elaine Paris Karpen and cousins to Beth and Ed Jacobs, Sarah Jacobs Panetti and David Jacobs, and Steven Gutmore. 


Sherry was a dedicated teacher of high school English. She also tutored students in essay writing, all aspects of grammar, as well as verbal SAT preparation and college essay writing. She taught English as a Second Language to adults who were new to the United States. She was a precise editor and her favorite mug said, “I am silently correcting your grammar.”


Sherry was a passionate bibliophile. She loved reading and worked for over 10 years at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Paramus, NJ. She was a voracious reader and had a particular love for mysteries.


Sherry was a word traveller by land and by sea. She travelled across Europe and explored England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, and Italy. She also journeyed to Russia, Croatia and Brazil. She was a passionate student of culture. 


Sherry was a singer and performer. Past performances include Little Mary Sunshine and Honk! The Musical, among others. Sherry spent many years performing in Cabaret hotspots in New York City including her favorite, Don’t Tell Mama. She and a group of fellow musical theatre performers volunteered their time to perform at nursing homes and senior care facilities. In addition to performing, Sherry was an avid theatregoer and Broadway connoisseur. 


Above all, Sherry loved her children, grandchildren, dogs and granddogs. She celebrated their accomplishments both big and small. A holiday never went by without her sending beautiful greeting cards to friends and family. Known as Mimi to her grandchildren, she was frequently found singing with them and shopping for them.


Sherry was a woman of impeccable taste and class rivalled only by her generous heart and ability to make others feel loved. Her sense of humor was contagious. She had a knack for the use of the dry wit and an effusive use of emojis. Her friends remember her as the consummate host, throwing festive parties and gatherings while always making sure her guests of all ages felt welcome. Family Hanukkah parties, Passover seders, Thanksgiving, birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father's Day celebrations were filled with delicious food and a whole lot of love.


She will be missed by many. In her honor, the family is welcoming donations to Inside Broadway, a non-profit theatre company that brings over 40,000 New York City students to Broadway theatres to see performances and learn about the multitude of professions on Broadway in hopes of inspiring the next generation of artists. To donate:
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