Passed away on December 30, 2010 at the age of 46 after her courageous battle with cancer. Sheryl was born in Pasadena, CA on October 6, 1964. Sheryl grew up in Simi Valley, CA and graduated from Royal High School, where she played clarinet in the school band. Sheryl had a great love of music. She continued her education at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. She then began her career at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Sheryl moved to Santa Rosa in 1991 where she was employed by various telecommunication companies in Sonoma County. She had a love of the outdoors and nature. She and her beloved partner, Cheryl Richardson spent much of their time in Lake Tahoe skiing, hiking, biking and enjoying their cabin and their dogs. All who knew and loved Sheryl will miss her gentle spirit, beautiful smile, her kindness and compassion and her warm friendship. Sheryl is survived by her loving partner of 20 years, Cheryl Richardson of Santa Rosa; her stepsons, Chris Richardson of San Francisco, Matt Richardson of Sacramento and Matt's wife Luci Richardson. Beloved Nino to her grandchildren Landon and Olivia Richardson. Her mother Ellen Hedtke of Medford, Oregon, father Ron Hedtke of Mesa, Arizona; sister Colleen Hedtke of Texas, brother Rick Hedtke of Palm Dale, CA and her brother the late Michale Hedtke. Donations in Sheryl's name may be made to the
. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation, Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Eggen & Lance Chapel, followed by a Chapel Service, Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Father Mathew Lawrence officiating. Interment at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. SANTA ROSA MORTUARY EGGEN & LANCE CHAPEL, 545-3747
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2011