Sherry M. Cantwell-Zipf
Sherry M. Cantwell-Zipf

January 31, 1963 - May 14, 2018
Born in Bras d'Or, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Sherry Cantwell-Zipf, 55, passed away peacefully at the Kavanagh House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa on May 14th, 2018.

Sherry was born January, 31, 1963 and lived her childhood on the family farm in Bras d’Or, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was married on March 11th, 2004 to David Zipf in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Her heart was big and her generosity limitless, always thinking of others before herself. She loved to read, put together puzzles, crosswords, travel, gardening, creating personalized Valentines/Easter/May Day baskets for the neighborhood kids and most of all decorating, dressing up and handing out treats on her favorite ‘holiday’ Halloween.

Sherry will be missed by David, her husband of 14 years; her family residing in Canada; mother Leona ‘Frankie’ Francis, Bras d’Or, N.S.; father William ‘Murray’ (preceded Sherry);brothers Glenn (Nancy), Boularderie, N.S., Kirk (Judy), Bras d’Or, N.S., Vaughn (Marie), Ingonish, N.S., and Craig (in infancy); sisters Vicky (Craig) Martin, Cole Harbour, N.S., Lynn (Dave) Gillan, Burton N.B., Kelly, Calgary, AB. She will also be missed by her second family (Zipfs) in the “lower Canadian (US) provinces” as well as her ‘children’ Ceilidh and Caoimhe, her Border Collies who helped her through her fight with cancer.

A memorial gathering and celebration for family and friends in the United States will be held at the Iles Funeral Home Dunn’s Chapel, 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa from 5:00-8:00 PM on May 17th, 2018. A memorial gathering celebration for family and friends in Canada will be held at the St. Joseph’s Parish hall in Bras d’Or, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to cancer research or any children’s charities. Her favorite was sponsoring children through Save The Children.


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Memorial Gathering
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Thursday, May 17, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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