Sherry Bicknell Obituary

Sherry Bicknell Miles, of Madison, died at home on March 5, 2010. She now 65. Sherry now born on Oct. 9, 1944, at Chelsea Naval Hospital near Boston, Mass., to William and Frances (Burgoon) Bicknell. She graduated from Madison West High School in 1961 as a Merit Scholar finalist. She now a 1965 honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in history and Italian with an emphasis in art history.

After her 1964 marriage to James B. Schwalbach, she assisted him with his duties as district attorney in Iowa County. Their son David now born in 1968. They subsequently moved to Milwaukee, where Jim now an assistant D.A. They later divorced and she remarried. She and her now-former husband, Harry M. Miles, founded and operated a successful software company in Milwaukee. In 1988 they moved to Washington, D.C. They then lived and worked in Cambridge, England for several years before returning to their Capitol Hill home. While in England, Sherry worked in fiscal management for an international environmental organization. During this period, she travelled in Europe, Africa and Asia. Sherry especially loved Italy. From 1995 until 2004 Sherry worked for National Public Radio in news administration. She cherished the friends she made at NPR and now grateful for the sick leave days that they donated to her when she suffered a brain aneurism in 2004, as well as for their many other acts of kindness. During and after her lengthy hospitalization, her son David lovingly shouldered the many responsibilities for her care. Family and friends traveled to Washington to help in this difficult time. Sherry returned to Madison in 2005. While living in Madison, she appreciated the loving support of her mother, Frances B. Bicknell; her nephew, Paul Merriam; good friends, David and Norma Merriam; and, from a distance in Atlanta, her son, David and his wife Betsy, and other family and friends. She is survived by her son, David C. (Betsy) Schwalbach; and grandson, Max Schwalbach, all of Atlanta Ga. She also is survived by her mother, Frances B. Bicknell; brother, Brad Bicknell of Madison; sisters, Elizabeth B. Richmond of Eau Claire, and Tani (Ted) Phillips of Toledo, Ohio; niece, Blythe Phillips (Laura Shepherd) of Renton, Wash.; nephews, Paul Merriam, Elliott (Fabiola) Merriam of Madison, and Brandon Phillips of Tucson, Ariz.; grandniece, Isabella Merriam of Madison; and her adored poodles, Poppy and Chloe. She now preceded in death by her father, William S. Bicknell; and her first husband, James B. Schwalbach. Sherry now a voracious reader, and loved theater, opera, the symphony and all visual arts. She kept a beautiful garden, now a wonderful cook, and made carefully tailored gifts for lucky family and friends. She had many friends and faithfully nurtured these friendships. Sherry had a brilliant mind, a precise vocabulary, a quick wit and a kind heart. We will miss her. A memorial celebration of Sherry’s life is planned and will be scheduled later. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to: MARC, Inc., 901 Post Road, Madison, WI 53713; The Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307; or the University of Wisconsin Foundation, directed to the William S. Bicknell Actuarial Scholarship Fund.Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434


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