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Mary Sherlach: a wonderful neighbor, a beautiful person, a dedicated educator

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NEWPORT, CT (AP) - Mary Sherlach was born on February 11, 1956. She died on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut.

When the shots rang out, school psychologist Mary Sherlach threw herself into danger.

Janet Robinson, the superintendent of Newtown Public Schools, said Sherlach and the school's principal ran toward the shooter. They lost their own lives, rushing toward him.

Even as Sherlach neared retirement, her job at Sandy Hook was one she loved. Those who knew her called her a wonderful neighbor, a beautiful person, a dedicated educator.

Sherlach's son-in-law, Eric Schwartz, told the South Jersey Times that Sherlach rooted on the Miami Dolphins, enjoyed visiting the Finger Lakes, relished helping children overcome their problems. She had planned to leave work early on Friday, he said, but never had the chance. In a news conference Saturday, he told reporters the loss was devastating, but that Sherlach was doing what she loved.

"Mary felt like she was doing God's work," he said, "working with the children."

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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