Sheralyn “Sherry” Elizabeth Yundt, beloved wife of the late Thomas A Johnston, passed away on August 28, 2023, at the age of 76. Born in Stratford, Ontario on September 20, 1946, she returned to her hometown in 2012 after a remarkable journey. Sherry was the daughter of the late Goldwin and Florence Yundt (Phillips).
Sherry received her education in Stratford, attending Hamlet Public School and Stratford Central Secondary School. She went on to earn an Honours B.A. in Geography from the University of Guelph and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Waterloo. Throughout her career, Sherry held various positions related to the aggregate industry. She started as a Geological Assistant in the Ontario Department of Mines before moving to London, England as Assistant Secretary of Planning for the Sand and Gravel Association. She later returned to Canada and worked as a Planning Consultant for Proctor & Redfern Limited. Sherry went on to serve in different roles within the Ontario Government, Ministry of Natural Resources, eventually becoming the Director of the Land Management Branch. After leaving the government, she established her own consulting business, S. E. Yundt Limited, in 1989, providing consultation services to the aggregate industry, government entities, and associations until her retirement in 2018. Sherry was highly involved with the Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA) for many years, serving as an Associate Member and a member of the Rehabilitation Committee. Her dedication was recognized when she was granted Honorary Life Membership of the OSSGA upon retiring.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Sherry was actively engaged with the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA), serving on the Board of Directors for numerous years and holding the position of President. She received several accolades from the CLRA for her contributions. Sherry was also a talented photographer, with her work being published in technical magazines over the years. She had a deep love of reading and enjoyed attending theater and concerts, as well as visiting art galleries and museums worldwide. Sherry and her husband Tom, who was a pilot, embarked on numerous adventures together, including a world circumnavigation in 2005, several cruises, and trips on river boats. They spent many holidays in remarkable locations such as England, France, Scotland, Italy, Ireland, and Hawaii, living life to the fullest and traveling in style.
She was preceded in death by her brother Ronald of Stratford and sister-in-law Ursula of Waterloo. Sherry is survived by her brother Raymond of Waterloo, sister-in-law Carolyn of Stratford, niece Vanessa (Andrew) and great-niece Catherine of Waterloo, and nephew Dean (Margie) and great-nieces Lorie and D of Guelph. She also leaves behind special friends Sarah Lowe of Guelph, Betty McCracken of Melbourne, Jocelyn Wellington of London, and the late Raili Charnesky of Toronto. Sherry’s determination and support were greatly appreciated by Cousin Karen Roberts and Cindy Bondi, while Deanne Dolton, Jan Little, Jeremy Slater, and Shelly Paulocik provided valuable assistance. She will be missed by numerous other relatives, cousins, friends, and colleagues in Canada and England.
Visitation for Sherry will take place at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, located at 430 Huron Street in Stratford, on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, starting at 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. A private interment will be held at Avondale Cemetery in Stratford, where Sherry will be laid to rest alongside her late husband Tom. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth or a charity of your choice through the funeral home website: http://www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com.
T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets captured Sherry’s spirit: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.”