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Cheryl A."Cherie" McDermott

Epworth, Iowa

Aug 21, 1951 – Dec 2, 2020 (Age 69)


August 21, 1951
December 2, 2020
Epworth, Iowa


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Reiff Funeral Home - Epworth Obituary

Cheryl (Cherie) Ann McDermott, resident of Epworth, passed away on December 2nd, surrounded by her family at MercyOne, Dubuque, Iowa.

A private family visitation for Cherie will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, IA. 

A private funeral mass in honor of Cherie’s life will be held for immediate family at Holy Family New Melleray Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 5th , 2020 with Rev. Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch presiding.  Mass will be live streamed at 11 a.m. on ther Reiff Funeral Home Inc. Facebook page.  Public graveside services to follow at Holy Family New Melleray, (rural) Peosta, IA.  Social distancing guidelines will be in place at the graveside service.

Cherie was born on August 21, 1951, to Emmett A. and Dorothy C. (Potts) McDermott of Bernard, IA. Cherie was raised on the family farm with her six brothers. She cared for her parents and her brothers deeply and often spoke fondly of their childhood together. She was also very proud of her Irish heritage.

Cherie graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. She taught for the Western Dubuque School District for 38 years, primarily at the junior high school in Farley. While she was teaching, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching language arts, and she imparted her love of reading and passion for learning to her students.

An avid reader herself, Cherie was a member of a book club in Dubuque through the River Lights Bookstore. She was also a member of the National Education Association, Iowa State Education Association, and Western Dubuque Education Association. Cherie also enjoyed music, her cats, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

Cherie is survived by her brothers, Terry (Kathy) McDermott, Tim (Lori) McDermott, Tom (Steph) McDermott, Todd (Dana) McDermott, and Trace (Karen) McDermott. She is also survived by nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

Cherie was preceded in death by her parents, Emmett and Dorothy McDermott, her brother, Larry and his wife Sharon (Donovan) McDermott.

 In lieu of flowers anyone wanting to send memorials may  be sent to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN; Cheryl McDermott family, P.O. Box 250, Epworth, Iowa  52045.

The family would like to thank Cherie’s caregivers including the nurses and staff at Manor Care, 2nd and 3rd floor staff at MercyOne Hospital and Palliative Care Team. Also a special thank you to Larry and Kathy Pizarek and Debbie Heisler who were instrumental in Cherie’s life and her dear friends.

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With the fond memories of singing Irish melodies, being a classmate as well, my heart treasures her memories amidst the sadness of her death. RIP dear Cherie!

My heart goes out to the McDermott family of Cheri. Over the years the family reunions were so wonderful along with the sing alongs. Everyone who came sang . Your days will be filled with so many memories. Please take care of each other. Marge Sweeney’s daughter Diane Thill

So sorry to hear about Cherri's passing. I grew up in Cascade but met her at St Ambrose. I enjoyed hearing her sing and playing guitar with her. We had lost tough with each other, but thought of her many times over the years. She is now singing with the angels.

I am very saddened to hear of your loss. One of my favorite teachers of all time. She inspired the best in everyone. My deepest sympathies.

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Remember the good times and the love that you shared

Sending prayers to you and your families on the loss of your sister. Cherish the memories. Jim & Deb Kennedy

Cherie was one of my favorite teachers. Very early in her career yet she captured the class in a wonderful way. May she rest in peace!

Cherie and I first became acquainted when our mothers held their “short” telephone conversations, and then later became friends attending junior high and high school. Cherie lived her family, music, and reading. She will be missed. My sympathies to her brothers and their families.

Marian (Redmond) Karr

Thoughts and prayers to Cherie's family during this difficult time. She truly was a Special Person who has left you with many special memories.