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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sherri’s funeral service will now be private on March 18th.  We will live stream at https://team1sports.com/northwooduniversity/.  For visitation on March 17th the number of visitors at anytime will be limited to 50.   We appreciate your understanding.


Dr. Sherri Jo (Isaacson) Riepma, 57, is now in heaven where the Son shines eternal – and Sherri loved the Son, the sun and her sons! “Your sun will no longer set, and your moon will not wane; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your sorrow will be over.” (Isaiah 60:20)


Sherri joined her Heavenly Father late Friday, March 13 surrounded by her precious and ever-present family. She is survived by her sons Zach (Kirstin), Jake and Josh, granddaughters Emersyn and Alayna, her parents Mary Jo and Dr. Ronald Isaacson of Oakland Township, Kathi (Tony) Vernaci of Rochester Hills, and Scott (Amy) Isaacson of Helena, Montana, the Riepma brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, cousins and her much-loved golden retriever, Kyla.


Sherri was born October 7, 1962 to Mary Jo and Dr. Ronald Isaacson and was the eldest of their three children. In 1980, she graduated from Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Hillsdale College. It was at Hillsdale that she met her soulmate, Pat Riepma, and after she completed dental school at Northwestern University, they married on July 25, 1987. She and Pat relocated to Midland from Hillsdale in 1993 and Sherri continued to practice dentistry in Flushing and Bay City.


Over the decades, Sherri spent many hours on bleachers and benches, with a camera around her neck, in addition to whatever weather-wear might be necessary. Come rain or sleet or snow or the all-too-rare sunshine, she was there to support her men, with the Isaacson and Vernaci families often at her side. Sherri’s presence came with a readiness to listen and the wisdom to share the encouragement needed for the moment. Pat endearingly referred to her as his “Holy Spirit” when her on-target observations and humor particularly hit home. In her short years, she hosted discipleship and prayer breakfasts for her sons, despite not being a morning person, whiffle ball tournaments complete with press box, bleachers and fans, countless pick-up football, hockey, basketball and baseball games, and traveled on service-oriented mission trips with church youth groups. She served on the Young Life board, led Community bible study core groups, took on a second career at Northwood after Pat’s passing, and relentlessly warred on in prayer for her boys, their friends and the Northwood players as they became young men and leaders themselves. Sherri was quick to smile, listen and grant comfort to many. She was a woman of the Lord who humbly demonstrated what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ. She is already missed and her legacy will live on through the many lives she has touched.


A private funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home with Steve Smith officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 17th from 3:00 –7:00 pm. Burial will take place at Midland City Cemetery. A Celebration of Sherri’s life will be planned later in the year.


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of Michigan or Karmanos Cancer Center.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Riepma family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.



Condolence Messages

  1. Bill and Susan Gates

    19 March 2020 2 years ago

    Dear Zach, Jake, and Josh and the Riepma and Isaacson families,

    Our hearts are saddened to hear about the loss of Sherri. We pray that the “father of mercies of God of all comfort” ll Cor 1:3-4 will be encouraging and comforting you in the days to come. We were privileged to know your parents at Maranatha. Your mother was a godly woman and I’m sure a wonderful mother. She usually always had a big smile. Your parents have given you a wonderful legacy. I’m sad that they passed away so relatively young. But our loss is heaven’s gain and I’m grateful that they both enjoy eternal life with their Savior.

  2. Eddie "Scooter" Bernardi

    18 March 2020 2 years ago

    Boys…though we share in your sadness, we rejoice in the moments we spent with your lovely parents. Your Father and I grew closer after I graduated from college and I think about him frequently. I was on the track team at Hillsdale, but made the baseball team my junior year and your Father was my coach. It was one of the most fun and meaningful endeavors of my life. I met your Mother threw the years of visits to Northwood and I saw why they were together…two great people that will be sorely missed.

  3. Jeff

    18 March 2020 2 years ago

    To Zach, Jacob, Josh and the entire Riepma family:
    I was just one of many Charger Brothers Pat had. I was also blessed to know and graduate from Hillsdale with Sherri. As you know, Pat and Sherri were one great TEAM. It is with a heavy heart that I share my prayers and condolences with you all. Share in the love and peace Pat and Sherri are together again, forever. God Bless.

    Jeff Reynolds

  4. Mike Trombly

    18 March 2020 2 years ago

    I got to know Sherri thru her mom and dad , she was always so bright and cheerful. I’m going to miss the banter between her sister and brother and all of kids and nieces and nephews at the ball games. Thank you for letting me a part of all of that. Now she won’t have to endure the pain of the last few years

  5. Sharon McFarland

    18 March 2020 2 years ago

    Dear Zach, Jake and Josh, Sherri was a bright spot in the Maranatha family. I remember her smiles, beauty and heart for her God. All three of you are on my prayer list as I remember the great losses you have already gone through. May you find your heavenly father’s hand through these dark times.

  6. Gloria Gregg

    17 March 2020 2 years ago

    I had the pleasure of working with Sherri for three years in Bay City. She was a splendid person and always had a smile. We worked well together on the children. It was a while ago when you boys were young. My prayers are with you. Bless her in heaven. She will be missed.

  7. Megan Miles

    16 March 2020 2 years ago

    Dear Riepma family:
    We were so sorry to hear about your mom. She and Pat were always such a treasured part of our beach time at Maranatha. We rejoice in the celebration of her uniting with her savior and her husband in complete freedom from pain and suffering. Her life was a testimony to her faith and we were blessed to know them both. Our prayers will be with you all. Love and Sympathy from the Crocketts and Miles families

  8. Terry Moore

    16 March 2020 2 years ago

    What a sadness.
    Sherri always impressed me as “ pure class”. Her late husband ,Pat, was always quick to say he married “ up”.
    We have all lost a remarkable couple . Indeed, life isn’t fair .
    Sometimes words don’t do justice in describing the character and class of someone—- that is true with Sherri Jo .

  9. Kean Richard Family

    16 March 2020 2 years ago

    Please know our love, continued prayers and hearts are with you all. We love you and are here for you.

  10. Becky Vander Veen

    16 March 2020 2 years ago

    Zach Jake and Josh..your mom was a sweetheart and I loved listening to her on the beach at maranatha! My heart hurts for you and I pray you will cling to the Lord for comfort. You are well loved!

  11. Gary MD and Sandy Smith

    16 March 2020 2 years ago

    To Zack, Jake, Josh and families: Our sympathies and prayers are with you for the loss of your mother. Seemingly just a short time ago we expressed the same words at the loss of your dad, we can’t imagine what you are going through now. Having been involved both professionally and personally with Sherri, we can testify as to what a wonderful person she was. Grief comes in many sizes and shapes and not one fits each and every person. You have always had a very close family bond, so keep communication open and never be afraid to reach out to family or friends.

  12. Chuck Swirsky

    16 March 2020 2 years ago

    Sheri and Pat were two of the most selfless, caring , loving people I have ever met. They loved the Lord and in turn used their deep faith in Christ to serve others. My heart is saddened yet I rejoice knowing both are united in eternal life. May God comfort the Riepma family.

  13. Michael Allen

    16 March 2020 2 years ago

    Sherri and Pat both had such a strong Christ centered influence in my life personally that I will be forever thankful for. They not only touched my life, but through that they have influenced the lives of my children. I strive to parent as Christlike as I watched Pat and Sherri lead their three boys. Zach, Jake and Josh, I want to say thank you for your parents sharing their love with me through my childhood. All of your friends were very blessed to have the Riepma family in their lives. Sherri and Pat, I hope you are happy and dancing together in Heaven, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Zach, Jake and Josh, God bless you guys.

    With love – Michael Allen

  14. Francine Busch

    15 March 2020 2 years ago

    Zach, Jake and Josh,
    My heart is broken for all of you in the death of your precious mom. She was a joyful treasure of a friend, and I will always be grateful for having known her. She was an encouraging friend, a fierce lover of your dad and you guys, and an example of a woman of deep faith. I will never forget you being in the Beginners at Maranatha. I am praying each of your hearts will have the unique comfort of the Lord and your memories will be sweet, even through your tears.

  15. Marilyn Dumont

    15 March 2020 2 years ago

    Dear Zach, Jake and Josh. My heart hurts with and for you. I have been praying for each of you and trusting our Heavenly Father to carry you through this time. Your mother and father were always such a joy to be with , loving and supportive. I was blessed to be your teacher and to have the privilege of loving you all. With much love, Mrs. Dumont

  16. Tony and Lisa Colucci

    15 March 2020 2 years ago

    Our prayers and deepest sympathy to the family!

  17. Valeria Johnson

    15 March 2020 2 years ago

    Our prayers are with the Riepma family. May God’s Angels surround you all during this time. Love, The Johnson Family (Valeria, Andre, Dontae and Asia)

  18. Valeria Johnson

    15 March 2020 2 years ago

    Our prayers are with the Riepma family. May God’s Angela surround you all during this time. Love, The Johnson Family (Valeria, Andre, Dontae and Asia)

  19. Lynn Stinson

    15 March 2020 2 years ago

    My heart is breaking and tears are flowing for this incredible lady and her family who have been through so very much. It was my great honor to meet Dr. and Mrs. Isaacson at a luncheon last year. They were the most loving and devoted couple and it’s easy to see how they could have such a remarkable and faith-filled daughter. The only consolation we have is that Sherri is with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her beloved Pat. I am so grateful that some day, as believers, we will all be reunited again. What a reunion it will be.

  20. Jason Reinhardt

    15 March 2020 2 years ago

    Thoughts and prayers are with the Riepma family during this difficult time. I’m so sorry to hear the news and Mrs Riepma is now with Coach Riepma Making A Difference together again! #GOMAD

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