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BLOOMINGTON — Mark A. Sherman, 90, of Bloomington, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Monday (Jan. 19, 2015) at the Martin Health Center, Bloomington.

A service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, 2000 E. College Ave., Normal. The Rev. Larry Gaylord will officiate. The family will receive friends after the memorial service in the great hall at the church. Private family inurnment will be at Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Rotary International Foundation or to First Presbyterian Church, Normal. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Mark was born Nov. 16, 1924, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of H. Viola Gerstman. He married Kathleen A. Laughlin on Feb. 17, 1951, in Ann Arbor, Mich. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Ann L. (Cris Corcoran) Sherman, Lake Oswego, Ore., and John M. (Dawne Weaver) Sherman, Montclair, N.J.; and two grandchildren, Loren Sherman and Ngoc Sherman, Montclair, N.J.

He is preceded in death by his mother and two brothers, Albert and Leo Sherman.

Mark was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Normal.

He graduated from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received his master's in business administration. He worked for Citizens Insurance, Howell, Mich.; Farmers Elevator Mutual Insurance Co., Des Moines, Iowa; and Country Financial and Union Insurance, Bloomington. Mark was a former national director of Administrative Management Society, national president of Insurance Company Education Directors Society and was past president and member of local Property and Casualty Underwriters. He was active in College Alumni Club, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Normal Rotary Club, United Way and Senior Professionals.

Mark served in the U.S. Army in Italy during World War II. Mark enjoyed traveling and golf. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories at

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