It is with our deepest regret to share with you that Sherill Bunetta, President and Treasurer of BCAH, suddenly passed away on Saturday. Sherill was a friend to many and a shining light for us all.
We are all in a state of mourning at BCAH as we begin to process her absence and find ways to celebrate her life. Some may be aware that Sherill’s history with this organization began many decades ago.
While she always said she wasn’t an artist herself, she wholeheartedly believed that arts, culture, and science must be present, vibrant, and available to all in every community, especially in Broomfield. She was a dedicated audience member, appreciator of creative expression, and champion for any artist or group looking to share their talents with the community.
She was a dear friend to all of us at BCAH. Losing Sherill has been devastating to us personally and to the organization. Her passion, her friendship, her thumbs up, and her always-encouraging smile will never be forgotten.
A virtual funeral service was held on November 10th at the United Church of Broomfield. https://www.facebook.com/broomfielducc.org.
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Obituary for Sherill Bunetta (December 28, 1945 – October 24, 2020)
Sherill Bunetta, 74, of Broomfield, passed away October 24, 2020. Sherill was born December 28, 1945 in Denver, Colorado to J.C. and Wanda Tyus, Sr. Sherill grew up in Westminster, Colorado and graduated from Westminster High School in 1963.
Sherill married Ed Bunetta, Jr. on April 3, 1966. They lived the first year in Longmont and Erie before moving to their current residence in Broomfield in December of 1967. Sherill was an active volunteer her whole life. She was on the PTA board at Birch Elementary for many years while her children attended school, a Girl Scout Leader, and a Job’s Daughters Guardian. Once she reached the empty nest years, she was able to become active in Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities and she remained active on this committee until her death. She was also a founding member on the advisory board for the Brunner Farmhouse. Sherill was the proud recipient of the Heart of Broomfield Award for Arts in 2004. Her love for Broomfield and its wonderful small-town feel was a close second to her love and the importance she put on family.
Sherill was preceded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by her spouse Ed Bunetta, Jr., daughters Kris (Brian) and Pam (Tom), son David, grandkids Jason, Kyle, Sydney, Christian, Max, and Laura, sisters Connie (Dick) Quinn and Debbie (Alan) Antonio, brothers JC (Kathy) Tyus, Jr., Marvin (Jennifer) Tyus, Rod (Betsy) Tyus, and many nieces, nephews.
The family has asked that in lieu of cards and flowers that donations be sent to Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities. Donations can be done via www.ArtsinBroomfield.org or sending a check to BCAH, PO Box 681, Broomfield, CO 80038. http://www.artsinbroomfield.org/
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
11: Adrian Cionco, 48, Argentine bass player (La Mosca), heart failure.
10: Alec Baillie, American bassist (Choking Victim, Leftöver Crack); DJ Spinbad, 46, American DJ (WHTZ) and record producer; Rahayu Supanggah, 71, Indonesian composer.
9: Michael Bundesen, 71, Danish singer (Shu-bi-dua); Lê Dinh, 86, Vietnamese-Canadian songwriter.
8: Oscar Benton, 71, Dutch vocalist (“Bensonhurst Blues”); Gatot Brajamusti, 58, Indonesian actor and singer; Vanusa, 73, Brazilian singer.
7: Cándido Camero, 99, Cuban jazz percussionist; Brian Coll, 79, Irish country musician; Bones Hillman, 62, New Zealand bassist (Midnight Oil, The Swingers, Suburban Reptiles), cancer.
6: Stefano D’Orazio, 72, Italian percussionist (Pooh), COVID-19; King Von, 26, American rapper, shot; Jim Radford, 92, English folk singer-songwriter and peace activist, COVID-19; Timur Selçuk, 74, Turkish singer, pianist and composer (“Bana Bana”).
5: Len Barry, 78, American singer (“1-2-3”, “Bristol Stomp”), myelodysplasia; Reynaert, 65, Belgian singer (“Laissez briller le soleil”), COVID-19; Ossi Runne, 93, Finnish trumpeter, orchestra leader and composer (“Playboy”).
4: Ken Hensley, 75, English singer-songwriter (Uriah Heep, Blackfoot, Toe Fat).
3: Faustas Latenas, 64, Lithuanian composer (My Little Wife, Wooden Staircase).