Dori June Pelz-Sherman
Dori June Pelz-Sherman
  • June 1, 1960 - July 13, 2017
  • Cary, North Carolina

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Dori Pelz-Sherman, PhD, 57, died after a 15 month battle with ovarian cancer on July 13, 2017. She was born in LaPorte, IN on June 1, 1960. She was a brilliant, passionate artist who transformed herself into a teacher, then a multimedia producer, a devoted and nurturing mother, and finally a clinical psychologist. She earned degrees from Indiana University (Art and English), San Diego State (Educational Technology), and Fielding Graduate University (Psychology). Dori lived and worked in rural Indiana, Santa Fe NM, Minneapolis MN, San Diego CA, Apex NC, and San Rafael CA, before finally settling in Cary, NC for the last 11 years. She worked at UNC hospital serving mothers with postpartum issues, and maintained a private practice specializing in Jungian Sandplay therapy.

Dori is survived by Michael Pelz-Sherman, her husband of 29 years, and their three children: Aidan, Isaac, and Ziona, siblings: Sue (John) Bahr, Don (Linda) Pelz, Sandy Biela, and Richard Pelz, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, July 16th at Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612. A graveside service will be held at 1:00PM on Tuesday, July 18th at Temple of Aaron Cemetery in St. Paul, MN.

Donations in Dori's memory may be sent to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (, or Transitions Life Care (https://transitionslifecare. org/).