She was born April 17, 1925, in Brooklyn to Peter and Beatrice (Delorenzo) Novellino. She was raised in Brooklyn and New York City, where she graduated from high school.
She worked as a seamstress and was a parishioner of St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church in Sound Beach. According to her family, her main pastime was "loving her grandkids."
Predeceased by her husband, Frank Sherkel, she is survived by her sons, Ralph Pierno of Georgia and Robert Pierno of Patchogue; and three grandchildren. Family received visitors April 26 at O.B. Davis Funeral Home in Miller Place. Funeral services were held April 27 at St. Louis de Montfort Church. Interment followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.
Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.