Official Obituary of

Sherry L. Lofquist

January 2, 1947 ~ February 14, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Sherry Lofquist Obituary

Sherry Lou (Peterson) Lofquist, age 77, of Escanaba, affectionately known to many as “the cake lady,” passed away on Valentine’s Day, February 14, at Christian Park Village.

Sherry was born on January 2, 1947, in Escanaba, the daughter of Robert and Ethel (Richards) Peterson. She and her seven siblings grew up in Wells, Michigan. Sherry graduated in 1965 and married her high school sweetheart, George Lofquist, in 1966. They had two daughters, Kristen (“Kritter”) and Jennifer. 

When their children were young, Sherry was a homemaker and artist who decorated cakes and sold them from her home. In the early 1980s she opened Cakes By Sherry inside the House of Ludington, where she created her famous portrait cakes drawn free-hand using only a spatula and a food coloring airbrush. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Willie Nelson, and Lee Iacocca have all seen their images in frosting, and hundreds of newlyweds in Delta County and beyond celebrated their special day with a wedding cake made by Sherry. 

Sherry took her talents to Elmer’s County Market in the early 1990s, where thousands of people could bring home frosting masterpieces of their own. Elmer Dagenais himself was honored with a life-sized cake and frosting bust for his birthday. In 1996 Elmer’s sent Sherry to Minneapolis to compete in a national cake decorating contest, and she brought the first place title home with her to the UP.

When she retired from professional cake decorating in 2011, Sherry focused her artistic talents on commissioned pastel and watercolor paintings, and the mural that she painted in the parlor of her home has been the backdrop for many family photos and gatherings of friends. She also enjoyed the arts of flower and vegetable gardening, and in wintertime the Lofquists often displayed sculpted snow horses instead of snowmen in their yard.

Next to spending time with George, Sherry’s favorite pastime was socializing with her girlfriends, fondly and loyally known as “the Cooters.” Tent camping on April opening trout weekend, kayaking, hiking, shooting sports, and playing badminton were just a few of their favorite activities. All included delicious food, drinks, and a healthy dose of hilarity. Sherry was often considered the weekend’s resident prankster. 

Sherry was very close to her sisters, and they enjoyed a sisters gathering every year. She also loved her grandchildren tremendously and would light up at just the mention of their names. It was a treat every time they were able to come to Michigan for a visit, and those visits were talked about for weeks, months, and beyond. 

Sherry is survived by her husband George, daughters Kristen “Kritter” (Todd) Goymerac and Jennifer Baker; grandchildren Sophia Baker and Gage Baker, best friend Avis (Dewey) Fairchild; brothers George Peterson and Earl Peterson, sisters Barbara (Jerry Martineau) Belongia, Linda (Joe) Brunette, Tina (Michael) Losleben, and Tessie Peterson; dozens of nieces and nephews, and many more grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Sherry was preceded in death by her parents, sister Carol Putnam, sister-in-law Patsy Lofquist, and family friends Gerald McKie, Vern Teafoe, and Gary Sivertsen. 

There will never be another unique human quite like Sherry, and for those of us whose lives she touched, we’ll be forever grateful. She reminded us to see beauty and gentle strength in the world. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to the family. A community foundation will be established in Sherry’s memory to support the charities and organizations that were very important to her.

Relatives and friends may call on the family during a time of visitation from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the Anderson Funeral Home, 2200 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829. The memorial service for Sherry will be celebrated by Fr. Fran DeGroot at 4:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Immediately following, you are cordially invited by the family for a time of fellowship, food, and refreshments in the Ludington Room located in the funeral home.

Graveside services will take place at West Ford River Cemetery in the spring of 2024.

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February 20, 2024

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Anderson Funeral Home
2200 Ludington Street
Escanaba, MI 49829

Memorial Service
February 20, 2024

4:00 PM
Anderson Funeral Home
2200 Ludington Street
Escanaba, MI 49829


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