Sherine Cirullo Obituary (1956 – 2022) – Santa Rosa, CA

Sherine Cirullo
It is with extreme sadness that we announce that Sherine Cirullo of Santa Rosa, California passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on February 22, 2022. She bravely fought her diagnosis of neuroendocrine cancer for seven years. . She impressed her healthcare team who said she was a strong person and that her character and strength were an inspiration to all.
Sherine was born in Spokane, Washington on February 4, 1956 to Rudolf and Joan Hirschnitz. She attended San Carlos High School, University of California Santa Barbara, Oregon State University, and San Diego State University. She had a long career, starting in high school where she was a night manager or Taco La Paz. Often members of the Giants Baseball team would come after a game, including Bobby Bonds with his sons. Throughout her life, she spoke of it fondly. During her younger years, she met her lifelong friend Debbie Barker Bruhne, who remained a lifelong friend. Later, she spent time working in the insurance industry. She had a 35-year career at Hewlett Packard Company, where she met her husband Geoff. She had an incredible 35-year career. Her time at the San Diego Division and Puerto Rico led to lasting relationships and friends that she continued to communicate with throughout her life. Along with being Luke’s mom and volunteering, Sherine loved her last job which was as a tasting room associate at Hannah Winery.
Sherine enjoyed many activities. While in Puerto Rico, she became an expert windsurfer, eventually teaching her future husband to windsurf as well. Upon returning to California, his favorite windsurfing spot was Rio Vista, California. She was a baseball enthusiast and enjoyed attending many baseball games and following the Giants through thick and thin. She repeatedly remarked that her husband’s best quality was that he had Giants season tickets.
After retiring from HP, Sherine spent her time volunteering at Luke’s schools. She volunteered in the college classroom and at every event she could. In high school, she was a valued member of the committees of the Analy Education Foundation and the Grad Project. She worked tireless hours to support the academic mission. Luke’s friends often called her the sheriff because when she spoke, they listened.
After Luke graduated and went to college, Americorps NCCC, working many jobs and settling down at G&C Auto, Sherine and Geoff spent time traveling as much as possible. Raising Luke, many weeks were spent skiing at Lake Tahoe. It is with great pleasure that the family who skied together, stayed together. They enjoyed flying to San Diego to visit Puerto Rican friends Gary and Sharon to catch Giants games, tour and enjoy the weather. Locally, Sherine joined many wine clubs that became their social life as events unfolded, even joining a group that existed to taste wine. They were often accompanied by wine tastings with Maria and Carlos, also friends from Puerto Rico. Other past trips during his fight included Niagara Falls, Cabo San Lucas, Europe, Lake Tahoe, Austin TX and a road trip encompassing the Southwestern United States.
Sherine was an excellent planner and every detail was always considered when planning a party. She was extremely loyal, had a big heart, and was very kind – sometimes even laughing at her husband’s jokes. Occasionally. She helped raise her nephews and nieces as well as her friends’ children. She was always supportive and was there for their life events or maybe was just there to give the parents a night on the town.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Geoff Cirullo of Santa Rosa, her son Luke Cirullo of Rohnert Park, her father Rudy Hirschnitz of Windsor (Cyd) and her brother Dan Hirschnitz (Mary) of Windsor, the siblings of Geoff, Gregory Pierce (Heid) and Barbara Cirullo. Additionally, Sherine remained close to the maternal side of the family, including Aunt Arlene Martin and Sherine’s cousins. Sherine has many nieces and nephews, including Steven Kline, Grace Kinney, Abra Pierce, Shoshanna Pierce, Anthony (TJ) Sprotti, Jenna Rose Sprotti, Danielle Caldwell and Ryan Hirschnitz. Many great-nieces and nephews were also loved. Sherine was predeceased by her beloved mother Joan Hirschnitz, stepmother Betty Cirullo and sister-in-law Beverly Jean Pierce.
Donations can be made to the NorCal CarciNet support group at:
A celebration of life is currently scheduled for May 5, 2022 – Cinco de Mayo to recognize Sherine’s love for Margarita. For more information on her celebration, please contact her husband at [email protected] . We hope to see you then. Remember that Sherine will live forever in our hearts.

Published by Press Democrat on March 6, 2022.


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