Her last act may have been in doing that again.
Sherlach, 56, had been the school psychologist at Sandy Hook since 1994. She lived in Trumbull.
Former school superintendent John Reed, who knew her well, praised her Friday as a person of great warmth, caring and intelligence.
"If there ever was a person who, by qualifications and personality, was made to work with children, to be a school psychologist, it was Mary,'' Reed said.
That giving life ended Friday, when Sherlach was one of the six adults killed at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to many reports. Sherlach and Principal Dawn Hochsprung were the first school officials to walk out into the school halls when they heard shooting. The shooter, carrying three automatic weapons, killed them in that hallway.
Sherlach's death came a year before she was planning to retire.