Cheryl Morano
1955 - 2019
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MORANO, Cheryl Kay Cheryl Kay Morano passed away on August 16, 2019, with her husband and her children by her side. Cheryl was born on August 7, 1955, to the late Richard and Billie McMinn in Mercedes, Texas. She spent her childhood years in and around La Feria, Texas, and, at age 15 came to live in Austin where she graduated from Crockett High School in 1973. Cheryl studied at The University of Texas at Austin and earned her BA in Elementary Education in 1977. In 1979, Cheryl married Karl Kabler. Their daughter, Kelly Rebecca, was born in 1981. The family returned to Austin in 1982, where Cheryl spent the rest of her life. Their son, Joshua David, was born in 1984. In 2003, Cheryl married James (Jim) Morano and they settled in the Westlake area of Austin. She and Jim loved to travel, especially enjoying trips to Italy, Paris, Hawaii, and the beach. The couple also enjoyed fine dining in and around Austin, as well as large gatherings of family and friends for special occasions and holidays at their home. After graduating from UT, Cheryl taught elementary school in Houston before moving to Dallas in 1978. However, Cheryl spent most of her career in state government. She began as an intake staffer at the Texas Department of Human Services and rose to become the Deputy Director for Administration in the Child Support Division of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. After more than 35 years of service to the state, she retired in 2004. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Jim Morano, her daughter, Kelly Kabler Bruneman (Keith), and her son, Josh Kabler (Christina), as well as her four beloved grandchildren, Trey and Tanner Bruneman and Kacen and Kayla Kabler. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Annie McMinn of Wimberly, and her sister, Rebecca Morton of George West. Other survivors include her maternal aunt, Mattie Lou Larry of Houston, her maternal uncle, David Kleen of Burnet, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. An enormous circle of friends, with whom Cheryl created loyal, loving, lasting bonds, will forever remember her. Cheryl fought a long battle against a rare disease and showed her family and friends the true meaning of grace, bravery, and fortitude in the face of adversity. Her family wishes to thank the many health care providers who supported Cheryl in her battle. These include the amazing teams at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Seton Hospital, and Texas Oncology. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Mayo Clinic for amyloidosis research.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 21, 2019.
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October 31, 2019
Sending my deepest, heartfelt condolences to the family of Cheryl. I'm so honored to have known her and grateful for the time we got to spend together weekly in my salon chair. She will be missed deeply. I hope you all find comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain and touched so many lives. Big hugs to your whole family, Cheryl, and may you rest in Paradise.
Kendra Floyd
September 11, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Cheryl's family and sincerest condolences to Beckie and Dickie in the loss of their sister. My fondest memory of Cheryl was the weekend she spent with me in Corpus Christi fifty years ago in 1969 when we watched TV and witnessed man stepping on the moon for the first time. I will always remember Cheryl as the lovely person she was.
Carol (Hoffman) Wilkes
August 22, 2019
CK...I've had you in my life (for quite some time) when your cousin Henry & I got together...during the times that we did see each other it was a blessing.
Our hearts are broken but I know that you are in a much better place and no longer in pain. You fought a long & hard battle but now it's time to rest... May you RIP.... miss you, love you, but not forgotten.
Henry & Stela McMinn
August 21, 2019
We miss you so very much. You will be in our hearts forever.
We love you.

Richard and Annie McMinn
August 21, 2019
We didn't know Cheryl, but knowing Kelly and how much she loved her mom, we are so sorry for the pain and grief she's feeling now. You're in our thoughts, neighbor.
Rich and Kiren Giandana
August 21, 2019
Love and miss u so much my baby sister.....
Beckie McMinn
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