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September 11, 2014
Thinking about you all day today [Wed the 10th] dear lady...and now tomorrow the 11th marks that unfavorable day where we said goodbye and the glorious day where you entered eternal life. I know the latter is better than the former, but for those of us stuck here ;-) the former kinda sucks!

Missing you. Pray for us; pray for this country and this world.

Love to the family if any of you read this -
July 07, 2014
To the Cherry family,

I just saw the news about Karen in the CBU alumni magazine. I am so sad over this, and regret that I just heard about her passing.

Karen and I were roommates our freshman year in college. We were randomly assigned, and I couldn't have been more lucky to get to room with her. She was a spunky, happy person with a good head on her shoulders. She had a great sense of humor, and was always the voice of reason in my ear. She had some very good friends at CBU and I am so fortunate to count myself as one. I have thought about her many times over the years.

She did indeed make the world a better and brighter place, and I am honored to have been touched by her.

With sympathy ~
October 14, 2013
Karen was a very important person in my life when my times at home and work were difficult. She always kept me centered and calm, able to deal with everything as it should be handled and not panic. She always seemed to turn the corner to my cubicle at work with a huge smile at all the right times. I did not know she was ill and when I read she had passed away I did panic. Knowing she was here on earth with me when I wanted to call her was a comfort to me. I will never have a day go by, now or forever that I will not think of her. I miss her so much and most of all I loved her friendship. She was, is and always will be the best. "Love you Karen Cherry." Love Kathy Parker
October 03, 2013
Karen, the graciousness of living your life so full of love and faith is giving me strength as I, too, battle cancer. You are gone from here much too soon. May God grant peace to your family and friends with the knowledge that you made this a better place.
October 02, 2013
Dear Cherry family,

I am very sorry to learn of your loss.
From our high school days, I can still clearly recall Karen's sense of humor.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy,
October 01, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Karen. Condolences to the entire family, my heart goes out you all. Love and prayers always,
September 22, 2013
Wishing God's peace to the Cherry Family. I have great memories of Karen when we were young and part of the old Horsebrook Elementary School "sandlot gang". I know now she is in Heaven with her mom. With Synpathy, Tom
September 21, 2013
The first day Karen walked into my classroom I knew she was special. She had an amazing work ethic, deep love of God and family, devotion to her friends and a smile and sense of humor that made everyone happy. Just knowing Karen made us all better people. Karen and her family are in our prayers.
September 20, 2013
Know of my prayers for all the family. Any church I visitI will light a candlle for you
September 20, 2013
As Karen's fellow adorers at the Adoration Chapel, we want to express our deepest condolences for you loss. We are forever grateful for Karen's faithfulness in worshiping our Lord with us at the Chapel. Through all the hours she gazed on Him in the Holy Eucharist, she now can immerse herself in the unobstructed gaze of his love as she beholds Him face to face. We miss you Karen. Please pray for us.
September 20, 2013
Karen's very generous, thoughtful spirit will carry on through those who loved her. Although I didn't see her a lot over the past 10 years, I'll always remember many fun family holidays together growing up. She always had a gift from her heart for everyone at Christmas! Sending much love to all the Cherry Family, my dearest cousins and aunt.
September 20, 2013
My love goes out to Karen's family during this difficult time. She was truly one of the kindest women I have ever met and was a true inspiration to me. I will never forget her. I am truly sorry for your loss.
September 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers to the Cherry family. Karen was a wonderful and kind woman who touched many.
September 19, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Karen's family. It is truly a shock. I have been Karen's family doctor for many years and have always known her to be kind and thoughtful and giving. She will be missed. Dr. Julia Spalding
September 19, 2013
Our condolences to the Cherry Family on your loss. May the entire family find peace in the months and years to come.
Stuart Chavis, and Shauna Dunnings
September 19, 2013
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
September 18, 2013
In deepest sympathy--sharing the grief of the Cherry family for your loss. Karen was a bright, smiling angel on Earth and will be very much missed.
September 18, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of dear Karen. God bless you all during this difficult time.
September 18, 2013
When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. May these happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. My heart aches for your family.
September 18, 2013
Karen will be missed by many people. Reading her obituary and reading the entries to the guest book makes me realize what a special person she was. To the Cherry family, I offer you my deepest sympathy. To Karen, may you rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.
September 18, 2013
Just before she died and before I knew she was ill, she said she knew me best, "luckily and thankfully." I told her she was one of my favorite people and she said I was one of her favorite people. She made those of us who loved her feel loved...and it didn't stop there. She obviously was a very selfless person and I was so fortunate to know her and be a part of the many that loved and looked up to her. I'm heartbroken but will try to be worthy of her love and friendship and give to others what she gave so freely to us.

She was a brave and wise woman.

My heart goes out to her family and friends. You are in my thoughts.
September 17, 2013
Please know that you have my sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies for the loss of such a living, giving and gentle person. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
September 17, 2013

I will miss you always. But I figure you know that. You were my work- sister, confidante, therapist, animal behaviorist, child psychologist and a gifted humorist. Make those angels laugh!

My love and thanks to Family Cherry for creating you.
September 17, 2013
We at Loaves & Fishes Ministries would like to say our last thank you. For your many years of volunteer service, your giving heart, your kind words & your delicious meals. We will truly miss you.
Loaves & Fishes Ministries Staff & Core Community
September 17, 2013
My condolences, thoughts & prayers go out to the Cherry family.
September 17, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
September 17, 2013
My sincerest condolences to the Cherry family.
September 16, 2013
Nicole, Steven, Michelle, Melanie, Bella, Susie and Judge Cherry,

My heart aches for your loss and my prayers are for your comfort.

Bella, I can tell from Facebook how much Karen LOVED YOU! I hope I have the chance to meet you soon.

May God and Bless You!
September 16, 2013
Karen Cherry,

What a blessing of a friend you have always been to me since our days at LCC. I was shocked when my sister called me on the phone to tell me you had passed.

Next, I reflected on you and your ability to touch everyone with a gentle touch and bright smile. My fondest memories of you in high school have to do with our laughing attacks and our ability to show how "thick" girls stick together.

I know you are in a better place and you have many angels to greet you. And although I had not seen you for a while reading your obituary makes it seem surreal that you are gone.

I will remember you as one of God's angels who blessed us with her earthly presence for 45 years. A 45 year old warrior, who fought a good fight for real justice, diversity and walking the walk of loving thy neighbor.

Keep sending your sunshine from heaven.
September 16, 2013
A shining light of grace & generosity to all she met. May you be welcomed into the arms of angels Karen; and forever in our hearts.
September 16, 2013
Melanie, Bella and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Karen at one of Bella's birthday parties. What a lovely individual. We will be keeping you in our prayers.
Love, The Benavides Family
September 16, 2013
My heartfelt condolence to the Cherry Family. Although, I never personally met Karen, I know for sure that she had been one of our devoted adorers (4 a.m. on Fridays). As the coordinator of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel for 5 years, I never remember receiving a call from her needing a substitute;she had been faithful in keeping with her holy hour every week. For years past, She had been before the true presence of our Eucharistic Lord every week, but now we are consoled to know that she's now gazing the Beatific Vision and with Jesus & Blessed Mother for eternity.
September 16, 2013
Just like stars, You sparkle like diamonds in the night sky.
September 16, 2013
Pat, what a sad time for you. Pam and I are so sorry. We did not know Karen, but it is clear she was a special person. Our prayers and best wishes are with you and your family.
September 16, 2013
Susie and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not know Karen and that is my loss as it is apparent she was a very special person.
September 15, 2013
"Perhaps they are not the stars,
but rather openings
in Heaven
where the love
of our lost ones
pours through
and shines down upon us
to let us know they are
happy." (Eskimo Legend)
September 15, 2013
We hope that your memories of Karen and the lovely woman she is will bring you all comfort. May God's peace fill your hearts. Bob and Karen mcPhilamy
September 15, 2013
What a special life she lived and touched so many lives. She will be remembered.

Know I will keep her and all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Sister Lucy Schneider, csj
September 15, 2013
Karen was a special friend and colleague and will be missed by all. I am glad I had the chance to work with her at MEA in Government Affairs. She made sure I was always on top of things and she me look good. She was one of kindest and brightest people I know and she had a great sense of humor that kept all of us smiling in good and bad times. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Karen. May Good bless her family and love be with you all.
September 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you in this time of healing. I pray that you find strength in the love you all have for each other. Hold that close to your hearts as you move forward. So sorry for your loss.
September 15, 2013
With Karen, and our fond and cherished memories of her -- together we go forth in Peace, Love and Light.
September 15, 2013
As we wait for serenity and understanding of God's holy will, may you be comforted to know that we truly share in the loss of our friend and our co-worker, Karen.
May our love, prayers, thoughts, deepest and extended sympathy and this note will all help to heal your wounded hearts.
"Sorrow is a tribute to a life that touched others deeply."

Lovingly, Prayerfully and with sympathy.

The Schrauben Family
Gene and Donna
September 15, 2013
Karen was a valued and loved member of "The Warriors" trivia team. She loved the competition just as we loved her. We have heavy hearts about the loss of a tremendous, joyful, funny, smart, and brave woman.
September 15, 2013
I didn't know Karen but I loved that she wrote her own obituary, and I can see that she will be missed. I hope others are inspired to give as much as she did. I am certainly inspired by her. May God bless her family abundantly and know that you entertained an angel in your midst.
September 15, 2013
Karen, what a beautiful obituary. The fact that you wrote it yourself is a testament to the strength of your soul. You were a special light in this world and the depths in which you will be missed can not be expressed by words. Rest in peace sweet soul.

To your family I send my deepest sympathy and prayers for them at this difficult time.
September 14, 2013
Thoughts and prayers to you in this very difficult time. I was a Field Assistant in Three Rivers and got to know Karen through our involvement in ASO/USO/NSO. She was a kind, caring, thoughtful person and will be sorely missed by all who had the opportunity to know her.
September 14, 2013
Dear Judge Cherry, Susie, Nicole, Steve, Michelle, Melanie, and Bella:

It's been half a lifetime since I used to "live" at your house at times, and many years since I've seen more than one of you at a time, but please know of my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy at this time. The last time I SAW Karen was in 2008 when she came to my nephew's funeral - she figured I would be in town for it and took the time to come share in that combined sorrow and celebration of life. Much as she had been there for me and my family 22 years prior to that for another nephew. I use that example only to show the kind of person we all knew her to be: selfless, empathetic, thinking of others, and so much more. We have been in sporadic touch since then, but it's never really enough is it?

What I remember most, and what I thought of first when I heard, was the gift of her laughter and sense of humor and how the world has lost a bright spot of levity so needed today.

I'm sorry this is long - I know I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, but while we mourn our loss it's good to remember and celebrate the amazing person she was. Just please know that my love and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Know also that I mourn, and celebrate with you. She was a dear friend.
September 14, 2013
Karen - I love how the obituary is in "your" voice - so I'll respond in kind: you were one of my best friends in HS, and have been a dear friend in the time since, despite the distance and time between visits. Your sense of humor; your joyful approach to life - including making fun of obstacles and pitfalls in our lives; your empathy and ability to share in the highest highs and lowest lows; your generosity of spirit...these are all but the tip of the iceberg of your amazing self that enriched my life and have made me a better person. I'm sure Marco Island Florida has still not recovered from our visit in 1986 ;-). Your moving on is Heaven's gain and definitely our loss. I will miss you my friend. Thank you for BEING such a friend.
September 14, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. You have our prayers, love and sympathy.
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