CHAPMAN Cheryl Elizabeth Chapman joined her sunshine baby, Brittanie Michelle Pederson, in Heaven this past Wednesday, September 26, 2012 after a fatal car accident. Cheryl had the most captivating smile and genuine heart a person could ever have. She devoted her entire life to cherished family, friends, and students. She was a graduate of The Ohio State University and was working towards a Masters in Education. As a renowned teacher, she was honored with the 2012 Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education Pacesetter Award that showcased her 18 years of exceptional leadership and innovative program achievement. She was actively involved in her community as a member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary Club and Kiwanis organization for the past 15 years. Cheryl is survived by her mother, Stella Chapman; father, Wesley Resch; son, Owen Chapman; son-in-law, Joshua Pederson; brothers, Virgil (Lisa), Steve (Angie), and Wes (Crystal) Chapman; and many nieces and nephews. Friends are encouraged to join the family as they pay tribute to Cheryl at The Church Triumphant located at 1001 Vera Place, Columbus, Ohio 43204. The viewing will be held Tuesday, October 2nd, from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 3rd, at 1 p.m. Due to Christmas being Cheryl's favorite time of year, we are encouraging guests to dress in Christmas attire and bring an Ornament to hang on her tree. Cheryl was a wise woman and understood what it took for success in this world. One of the great thoughts she left with us is as follows: "The simplest things in life cost very little, take little effort, and tend to be the smallest details. These are the things that have the most impact on one's life." We hope that you will remember Cheryl as a wonderful woman who gave her best to everyone that came into her life. May you always remember how dear to her heart you were!
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 1, 2012