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Cheryl Fain

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Cheryl Fain Obituary
Cheryl Gay Fain Cheryl Gay Fain, 53, of Austin, was surrounded by friends and family at her home as she was welcomed home into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, November 14th, 2012. Memorial services will be held at the Church at Canyon Creek on Monday, November 19th at 11:00 am with Pastor Matt Peacock of the Church at Bee Cave officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at 3:30 pm at the Board Branch Cemetery in Lone Grove Texas. Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis is handling the arrangements. Cheryl was born in Chicago, Illinois to Robert and Sharon Kuzel on September 4th, 1959, the middle of three daughters. She graduated from Churchill High School in San Antonio in 1977. Cheryl had fine arts coursework at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and then using her education and natural gifting in all things artistic worked as a graphic designer at companies in San Antonio and Austin before starting her own business, Fain Fine Design, in Austin in 1990. She successfully ran this business until early 2010 when her health would no longer allow. Cheryl was an amazing servant of the Lord, wife, and mother, and a dear friend to many. Her zeal for life and people began on Thanksgiving Day in 1981. She was at home alone when an acquaintance from her past knocked on her door and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her. She invited Jesus into her heart and was never the same. She married Stephen in April 1982, and in 1988 they left many very close friends in San Antonio and moved to Austin where they both started new jobs. Cheryl had a heart for children and those in difficult situations, so after moving to Austin she and Stephen went through training and became foster parents. Through the course of many years of fostering, they were blessed by being able to adopt two of the precious children in their care, Anthony and Sanora. In addition to running her in-home business and being a mother and wife, Cheryl constantly looked for ways to serve the Lord and others. She taught children's Sunday school for over twenty years, and more recently also found immense joy teaching small children in Bible Study Fellowship International. Cheryl also led youth girl's small group meetings for many years, and developed life-long relationships with the children and youth she loved, taught, and mentored. She had a heart for the hurting, and was a trusted friend and caregiver to many going through painful events in their lives. Her smile was electric, and per the adage "the shortest distance between two people is a smile", she was quickly welcomed and trusted by those she met. Her light shined brightly for all to see. Cheryl had a passion for mission work, and applied this working with Campus Crusade for Christ, Partners in Hope, Living Water International, prison ministry, and her local church, most recently the Church at Bee Cave. She and Stephen participated in several life changing trips to the border towns of Texas and Mexico, and after training to drill water wells and to teach personal hygiene, accompanied a Living Water International team to a remote area of Honduras to provide clean water and share the living water that comes through Jesus Christ. She enjoyed being outdoors and physically active, whether running or walking nature trails with Stephen and her loyal and beloved dog Latte. Her favorite getaway was hiking in the mountains and taking in God's spectacular creation. Cheryl is preceded in death by her father Robert and mother Sharon Kuzel, grandparents Robert and Dorothy Kuzel and Stanley and Marie Selak. Cheryl is survived by her husband Stephen, daughter Sanora, and son Anthony of Austin, sister Laura White Berry and husband Joel Berry and sister Christi Pardaen and husband Mark all of San Antonio, mother in law Anna Beth Fain and brother in law Richard Fain of Lone Grove, Texas, sister in law and brother in law Donna and Larry Orsag of Giddings, Texas, and numerous much-loved nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Cheryl may be made to either of two organizations dear to her and that reflect her heart, Living Water International (www.water.cc/), 4001 Greenbriar Drive, Stafford, TX 77477 or Partners in Hope (partnersinhope.laketravis.org/), 15104 North Flamingo Drive, Austin, Texas 78734. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to her church family, and so many friends and supporters that brought joy and lifted Cheryl up each day, especially during the past 3-1/2 years when she was receiving medical care. We also want to thank the caring doctors and nurses with Texas Oncology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and St. David's Round Rock Medical Center. Cheryl will be dearly missed by all that had the blessing of her entering their lives, but we celebrate that she is now in a better place and has left us with a legacy of love and compassion. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 18, 2012
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