The family of Sherry A. Koblich Zukowski, who died in an apparent domestic dispute Sunday in her Alden home, said she “left footprints everywhere she was of the loving, kind, fun, funny and genuine person she was.”
“Never will you find someone so sweet and giving as Sherry,” said Nicole Salzman, her cousin. “Her love for her children rose above all else in her life.”
Separate services will be held for Zukowski and her husband, Jeffrey.
The families of both are declining flowers and instead will set up a fund for donations for their 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.
Salzman asked the community to pray for the children and help support them during “this tragic time.”
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has released little information about what it called “an apparent murder-suicide,” because it remains an active investigation.
Deputies found the Zukowskis, both 42, with gunshot wounds after responding at about 12:30 a.m. to 1725 Sandridge Road.
Children called 911 to report the violent domestic dispute at the Alden home, the Sheriff’s Office has said.
Dispatchers directed the children to leave the scene. After repeated attempts to contact the people inside, the police entered the home and found the couple dead.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said the children are currently with family.
Their neighbors on Sandridge Road, a residential stretch between Broadway and Westwood Road, said they either did not know the Zukowskis or did not want to talk about their interactions with them. The houses on the road are not close to one another, and a neighbor said the neighborhood is not “close-knit.”
But Sherry Zukowski’s death left her loved ones devastated.
“She touched the life of everyone she came in contact with,” Salzman said. “It is just an example of the love that she gave to everyone.”
Sherry Zukowski, a 1989 Cleveland Hill High School graduate, worked for the past six years as a First Niagara Bank manager. She also ran her photography business, her “true calling,” Salzman said.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Sherry Zukowski at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John Catholic Church, Alden.
A separate service for Jeffrey Zukowski will be held Saturday. The time and location have not been announced.