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May 26, 2018
February 28, 2018
So very sorry to hear this news! I will miss our conversations at the REC pool. Rest in Peace, Cheryl.
February 27, 2018
Missing Cheryl
I miss Cheryl so much. Something happens, and I think, Oh, Cheryl will love to hear about this. About that time, I realize that Cheryl isnt around to tell, and I miss her all over again.
Since dearly beloved Cheryl was a wordsmith, here are some words that described her, A to Z:
Art Cheryl loved to paint. Her many masterpieces covered the walls at her home in St. Charles, and there was usually at least one of her paintings waiting to greet people at her door. She brought me to a few painting sessions at Pinots Palace, her favorite art studio. One of our favorite destinations last summer was to the Chicago Art Institute, where we both became members and initiated the Art Institute Strut. It goes something like this: shoulders back, stand tall, and strut into the members lounge at the Art Institute, after flashing the membership card, of course.
Books, books, books Cheryl wrote more books than some people have read in a lifetime, including A Carpenters Apprentice a biography of President Jimmy Carter, as well as An Accidental Journalist and Heart and Soul of the Nation.
Caring Cheryl cared deeply for her friends, family and students. She genuinely cared about others and expressed it in so many ways. Im sure her many students remember her pasta nights. C is also for coffee, which I believe she mainlined.
Dedicated Cheryl was an incredibly dedicated journalism professor at Miami University. She took a great interest in her students and cheered them on as they graduated and fulfilled their dreams. She also was a dedicated journalist. She covered a wide-ranging variety of stories for numerous newspapers, including the New York Times and the Daily Standard, aerospace news when she lived in Florida, and news when she lived in Italy.
Down to Earth Cheryl was very down to earth and told it like it was. Blunt, and to the point.
Fun While she was a serious journalist, Cheryl also loved to play. One time, when she visited me in Florida, we drove to the beach to watch the sunset. After walking around St. Armands Circle, we were driving back to my home when I parked so she could see the full moon rising over Sarasota Bay. However, it was a cloudy night, and the moon was covered by clouds, but it would peek out now and then. Our running joke, whenever either of us saw a full moon, was to text the other: The moon wants to come out and play tonight! While driving home tonight, I saw the almost full moon. Yes, the moon wants to come out and play.
Grateful Cheryl was grateful for the many friends and family in her life. She was so happy and grateful to reconnect with family and friends from her hometown when she moved back to Mercer County. She was very grateful for Pippi, her emotional support dog, who helped her (as if she needed any help!) make new friends at St. Charles.
Hugs Cheryl gave great hugs.
Intellectually curious She learned Italian well enough to report on news in Italy. She told me she was excited when she understood almost all the Italian at a first Communion church celebration in Italy, because the priest used simple words to speak to the children. She kept up on with the news, not because it was part of her job, but because she wanted to know what was going on in the world.
Justice Cheryl had a burning sense of justice, one of the reasons she became a journalist. She also passed that love onto her students.
Kangaroo Cheryl would have loved to see kangaroos in Australia.
Loving legacy Cheryl was one of the most loving people Ive ever met. She would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. Her loving legacy to her family, friends and students would be the gift that was Cheryl.
Movies She loved movies, and hosted movie nights at St. Charles. We would send quotes from movies back and forth to one another. Some of her favorite movies were Reds and Reds 2, Spotlight, and The Bells of St. Marys. M is also for musicals. We saw several this past summer in Chicago. She was especially enamored of Hamilton!
Nun Cheryl talked about becoming a Carmelite nun. Dont know if she would have followed through, but she was very spiritual.
Original Yes, Cheryl was certainly an original in so many ways. She was always up for a new adventure and found novel ways to solve problems.
Pippi Cheryl and Pippi were an inseparable team, beginning three years ago. Pip, the Pipster, Pippi Longstocking all names for the dog who was Cheryls constant companion. When she moved to St. Charles, Pippi could always bring a smile to those around them. P is also for popcorn, one of Cheryls favorite snacks.
Quip She was always quick with a quip.
Respect She respected the military and was extremely respectful of those who have served our country. Cheryl also was very respectful of the priests and nuns who have served and who are serving God.
Smile Cheryl had the most beautiful smile, and such a great laugh. She laughed at my jokes and loved to listen to my stories. We exchanged stories about Parker, a former newspaper publisher who was bigger than life, who had hired both of us years apart.
Travel Cheryl loved to travel. She lived in Italy for a few summers, skied in the Swiss Alps, scuba dived in the Caribbean, and danced in New Orleans, just to name a few of the exotic places she visited.
Unrestrained Cheryls joy in life was unrestrained.
Vivid Credit Inga James for this adjective. Cheryl was such a vivid person, full of life and joy. She would light up a room when she came in. Her paintings were very vivid as well, especially after she discovered the joys of metallic paint.
Writer Author, journalist, and extremely funny FB posts. Cheryl wrote them all!
eXtraordinary Cheryl was an extraordinary person whose worth cant fit in this tribute to her. Fly amongst the stars, my friend, and paint the sky.
Zealous When Cheryl had the bit in her teeth, whether it was the Civil War or watching a favorite TV show like Murdoch Mysteries, she was zealous in exploring her new or continuing passions.
February 25, 2018
Cheryl was an incredibly loving, giving person. I miss her to the moon and back. I'm so glad she was a part of my life. She will shine on in heaven.