Cheryl L. Ward

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Cheryl L. Ward

HURON: Cheryl L. Ward, 61, of Huron, passed away Thursday afternoon, August 11, 2011, at Stein Hospice Care Center following a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born on January 9, 1950, the daughter of Richard A. Recker and Wilma (Adams) Recker Gillmor. She was the valedictorian of her 1968 graduating class of Old Fort High School. She attended Bowling Green State University, and graduated from Terra Community College with a degree in accounting.

She married to John W. Ward on June 7, 1996, in Sandusky.

Cheryl recently retired on December 31, 2010 from Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority, after 31 years of service as the Finance Director. While she dedicated her life to working, she aspired more than anything to travel with her family and her beloved husband of 16 years. She also enjoyed shopping, going out to eat, and she was a past member of the Car Coddlers Club of Ohio, Lakeshore Corvette Club, and the Tiffin T-squares square dance club.

In addition to her husband John Ward, Cheryl is survived by her son, Chad Andexler, of Rushville, OH; her mother, Wilma C. Recker of Gillmor; step-sons, Matthew Ward of Sandusky, Brian (Kendra) Ward of Castalia, OH; grandchildren, Cameron Andexler, Alexandria Ward, Eric and Baylee Ward; sisters, Nancy (Arthur) Hill, of Sandusky, OH, and LuAnn (Terry) Hayfield, of Fostoria, OH; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Richard A. Recker; and grandson in infancy, Kyle Andexler.

Friends may gather to celebrate Cheryl's life on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH. At her request, Cheryl will be cremated and finally be able to take that trip out west that she always dreamed of. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Care Center, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.grofffuneralhomes.com.

Published in the News-Messenger on Aug. 16, 2011
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