Obit: Bowen, Sherin Rose #2 (1938 - 2009)
Poster: R. Lipprandt

----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., WI), Wednesday, March 18, 2009, Online Edition

Bowen, Sherin Rose (Schneider) (February 28, 1938 - March 20, 2009)

Sherin Rose Bowen, 71, Stevens Point, passed into eternity late Friday, March 20, 2009 at St. Lukeís Hospital in Milwaukee, following a head injury sustained in Managua, Nicaragua, five days previous.

Sherin was born February 28, 1938 in Medford to Arthur and June Schneider. Following her fatherís untimely death, her mother June married Herman Lemke. She attended the one room Thielke School and graduated from Medford High School in 1956, after which she was employed by Rural Farm Insurance in Madison.

She married Robert Orville Bowen, Curtiss, on December 29, 1956 in Medford and they resided in Madison until Robertís graduation from UW-Madison in 1958.

They subsequently moved to Milwaukee where her husband taught at Granville-Brown Deer High School. In 1966 Sherin, Bob and their three young children moved to Stevens Point and became a part of the UW-Stevens Point community.

Over a period of nearly two decades Sherin devoted herself to raising four children, Robert Jr., Bryan, Elizabeth and Amy. From 1969 to 1971 the family resided in Bloomington, Ind., where her husband attended graduate school and Sherin embarked on a fiber (knitting etc.) teaching career that has remained her lifelong passion and also provided financial support to the ďstudent basedĒ family.

In 1971, Sherin and her family returned to Stevens Point where Robert assumed a professorship in Health Education at UWSP. Throughout this time she and her husband Bob were active members of St. Paulís United Methodist Church. In 1973 the family settled at what would become known as Rocky Ridge Farm on North Second Drive, a place that provided an expression for her many creative interests including picture framing, 4-H leadership, raising sheep and spinning, weaving and knitting. After graduating from the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program she traveled to China, which gave her a new vision for international development. She and her husband Bob later led and coordinated Semester Abroad Programs for students at UWSP. She also led a rotary leadership tour to Argentina. These experiences inspired her to pursue a bachelorís degree in international development that she received in 1991. She assumed the executive director position with Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners (WNP) in 1992. She brought organization, passion and volunteer involvement to the organization over the next 15 years; encouraging the development of over 100 Nicaraguan learning centers. In 2001 she received the UWSP Distinguished Alumni Award for her significant international development achievements. In 2005 she attempted semi retirement to pursue knitting and the development of the family retreat on Lake Esadore near Medford. Even though retired, she continued to play an active role in WNP assisting her daughter, Amy, who is the current program director. To the very end she gave so much of herself to others whether it was to her family or the people of Nicaragua who she loved so dearly.

She is survived by her husband Bob Sr.; her children, Bob Jr., Bryan, Beth (Smith) and Amy (Wiza); her mother, June Lemke; her two brothers, David (Shirley) and Russ (Marlene) Lemke; and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Woodlands Church Chapel on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 3. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 27 at 3 p.m. at Woodlands Church in Plover.

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