Posted On July 21st, 2010 -

June 29, 1914 – June 19, 2010

Margaret Ida Sherwin passed away very peacefully at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital in Monterey, California on June 19th with her daughter, Michele, by her side. Margaret, best known as Marge, was born in Kula, Maui, Hawaii to Mary O. and Alfred D. Furtado. One of seven siblings with whom she shared a loving childhood, Margaret graduated from Makawao School, attended Sacred Hearts Academy and graduated from Hanford High School in 1933. Marge then returned to Maui where she worked at Maui Dry Goods.

In the late-1930’s, Marge moved to Honolulu and worked for the U.S. Army where she met her late husband, Edward P. Sherwin (Lt. Col. U.S. Army, Ret.). Due to the war effort, early assignments kept them in Honolulu. The late-1940’s and 1950’s took the family to various other posts on the East Coast, to Monterey, Japan and to New York City. In 1957, they returned to the Monterey Peninsula. Margaret lived in Pacific Grove, and, in 1961, became secretary to Sister Mary Kieran and then to Sister Carlotta, principals of Santa Catalina School.

In the mid-1970’s, Marge returned to Honolulu eventually taking on the position of resident manager for an apartment complex in Makiki, a position she held for 25 years until she retired in 2003 at the age of 89. Marge was then able to enjoy longer, yearly visits to Monterey to spend time with her daughter, Michele, and her “grandsons,” English Springer Spaniels, Oliver and Charley.

Marge always faced the difficulties and obstacles placed before her with dignity, strength and courage. She was and will remain an inspiration to her dear daughter as well as to the many people who knew and loved her. Marge is survived by her daughter, Michele Thomas of Monterey; sisters, Catherine Botelho and Virginia Carvalho, cousin, Mary Lou Jardine, and sister-in-law, June Furtado, all of Honolulu; as well as by many beloved nieces, nephews and other family members in Hawaii and on the mainland. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Michael; brothers Thomas, Theodore, Alfred and Father Brendan Furtado; son-in-law Raymond Thomas; and by her husband, Edward. In accordance with her wishes, Margaret’s ashes will be taken to Honolulu to be placed with her son Michael.

A memorial service is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. at Diamond Head Mortuary, 529 18th Avenue, Honolulu. It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory be made to the Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96826; to the SPCA for Monterey County, P.O. Box 3058, Monterey, CA 93942; or to the donor’s preferred charity. Please visit to sign Marge’s guest book and leave messages for her family.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran