Sherman family matriarch celebrates 90th birthday |

Sherman family matriarch celebrates 90th birthday

by Caryn Haller

Gardnerville resident Norma Sherman credits her longevity to good genes.

The matriarch of the Sherman family is celebrating her 90th birthday Saturday at Topaz Lodge.

“I must have good genes. I had a grandmother who lived to be 98,” she said. “I’m very excited about having my family around.”

Sherman was born June 18, 1922, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

As a young girl, Sherman remembers listening to the swing band music of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

“It was danceable music,” she said. “We learned to dance in school and you got to hang on to a boy.”

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Following high school graduation she moved to California and became one of the “Rosie the Riveters,” working on Lockheed P-38s and Boeing B-17s.

“I was very young,” she said. “I was just having a good time.”

In 1946, Sherman married her husband of 43 years Dale, and they raised two sons Dennis and Bill.

During her career Sherman worked as a bookkeeper in California and Washington until she was 89 years old.

In 2003, four years after the death of her husband, Sherman moved to Gardnerville to be closer to family.

She spends her time beading jewelry, doing puzzles and reading.

“I love to read mysteries,” she said. “My mother started taking me to the library when I was 4 years old.”

Sherman has five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who will be celebrating with her Saturday.

“I hope I’ve done a good job,” she said of her life. “I’d like to be remembered as a good person.”

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