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Our mother and friend, of Millvale, PA (recently residing in St. Augustine Plaza, Lawrenceville PA). Age 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 11, 2010. Beloved wife of the late Stephen G. Cherup. Loving mother of Susan (Gary) Thomas and William (Beverly deceased) Cherup. Sister of the late Mary Handrahan, Pierre Reiland, Catherine Bryson, Margaret Pschirer, Alice Conwell-Daley, and Louise Henninger. Grandmother of Jennifer Thomas (Jamie Krutz), Stephen and David (Christine) Cherup, Kristin Myers (Mark) and the late Curtis Thomas. Great grandmother of Glenn, Serena, and Matthew Myers, and Katie and Emma Cherup. Wilma was retired from a position with the Liquor Control Board of PA. She spent many years as an amateur astronomer and served as Executive Secretary to the national Astronomical League for many years having received several awards from the League for her service. She was also a life member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. Wilma was a lifelong member of Holy Spirit Parish and a member of the Christian Mothers. Friends will be received Wednesday 7-9 and Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 at SPERLING FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES, 123 North Ave., Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 AM in Holy Spirit Parish. Condolences can be left at www.sperlingfuneral.com In lieu of flowers family suggests donations to Sisters of St. Francis at Mount Alvernia 146 Hawthorn Rd. Pgh., PA 15209.
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October 9, 2010
We send our condolences to the Cherup family. Wilma was kind to all. As Executive Secretary of the Astronomical League, she faithfully answered every letter - including mine when I was in 5th grade (many years ago). Her encouragement meant a great deal, especially to young, budding astronomers. It was an honor to have known her.
Dolores and Rik Hill
March 5, 2010
Wilma and my mom Ethelreda go back to Grade School at St. Anthony's in Millvale and have remained friends through the years. Mum was very pleased to talk to Wilma the week before she passed. What a fiesty and smart lady! She will be missed. Condolenses from Ethelreda Miller and Family
February 22, 2010
I would like to express my condolences to the Cherup family on the passing of Wilma. Her willingness to share her special gifts with other astronomers is well documented in the history files of the Astronomical League. She will definitely be missed.
Carroll Iorg
February 18, 2010
My condolences to you on the loss of your Mother. Sounds like she was a wonderful person and I am sure you will miss her very much.
Don (Beans) Lane
February 18, 2010
Please allow me to extend my condolences to Wilma’s family. I was fortunate enough to get to know her through the Astronomical League. Wilma was the face of the League for so many years, mentored and encouraged many people, including many who have “grown up” in astronomy. Her legacy is all those many people she touched. God bless all of you at this time.

Dr. Mike Reynolds
Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Florida State College
Dr. Mike Reynolds
February 17, 2010
My condolences to Wilma's family - and all her extended family of frineds. She is certainly someone I'll never forget, having seen her at so many Astronomical League conventions! Particularly the "Night at Big Jack;s" party at one of the Great Lakes Regional meetings long ago - dancing the night away! A huge supporter of astronomy clubs everywhere, I'm happy I got to know her.

Mike Potter (Baltimore, MD)
Mike Potter
February 17, 2010
Mrs. Cherup was our neighbor in the mid 1960's in Millvale. I was in my mid teens and came to know her when she gave me a smile and big hello as I was getting off the Bus from North Catholic H.S. She had seen me in the neighborhood and my high school jacket.During this first meeting she ask me if I wanted to earn some money. Of course! It was the start of my cleaning and waxing her car. She trusted me with her keys, and always inspected my works, completely. I still wax my cars from her examples. I will remember her as a bright, kind and generous lady. A class woman.
Gene Zmuda
February 17, 2010
Wilma was a classy lady and we will never forget all the laughs over the many holidays spent together. Bill, you are the best son any parent could ask for. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful mother.
Bill and Terrie
William Yester
February 17, 2010
I'm very sad to hear about the passing of Wilma Cherup. Through my involvement in the Northeast Region of the Astronomical League, I met her on many occasions and she was always a wonderful, hard-working lady. Her contributions to amateur astronomy enabled many other people to enjoy the wonders of the Universe.
Richard Sanderson
February 17, 2010
Bill, you are a LOVING son of Wilma.
Please contact me with YOUR mailing address.
I wish to send a COSMIC gift in HONOR of your WONDERFUL MOTHER, Wilma.
Clark McClelland, ScO
P.O. Box 233
Tavares, FL 32778
Put Wilma on the email so I will open it.
Clark McClelland
February 17, 2010
My condolences to the family. Wilma Cherup served amateur astronomy well over many years. Because of her dedication to amatuer astronomy, she also performed a valuable service to the history of astronomy by helping assemble a bi-centennial exhibit on the history oa amateur astronomy in the United States. Preserved in the archives of the US Naval Observatory, that exhibit viewed by many individuals contributed to a better understanding of amateurs in astronomy and their contributions to the science as well as the recreational value of science for the ordinary citizen.
Thomas R. Williams
February 17, 2010
I have been blessed to have known Wilma for many years and spent many hours talking with her about her travel. She was an inspiration to me and always told her that "I want to be just like you when I grow up". God just added another bright shining star to his heavens. She will be missed

Love, Jeanne Clark
Jeanne Clark
February 16, 2010
My Dearest Mom, You were my mom, dad, inspiration and friend. I will miss you so very much. You left this life on a shooting star straight to Heaven and are now supremly happy with God, and all who left this life before you, espically daddy, Beverly, and all your sisters and brother. Winning at Pinochle won't be important but playing with them will be wonderful. Thank you for all you have given and instilled in me.
I love you, your son Bill
Bill Cherup
February 16, 2010
Bill and family - I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. You'll all be in my prayers.

Much love,
Dorothy Kirchner Michalski
February 16, 2010
Please, will Susan,(the daughter of Wilma) and her husband, Gary Thomas contact me. I wish to send them a VERY special gift of HONOR to the memory of Wilma. You will be very surprised.
Clark, ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, KSC, Florida
P.O. Box 233
Tavares, Florida 32778
Place Wilma on the email title.
Clark McClelland, ScO
February 16, 2010
OUR Wilma has gone to meet OUR past beloved AAA members and all are aware of the true meaning of OUR beloved science of Astronomy.I was a young man when I first met Wilma at the AAA meetings. She was and will always be a honored friend and woman I respected VERY highly. God has Wilma by His side now, with Dr. Wagman, Cliff Raible, Leo Schoenig, Leo Scanlon, Zachius Daniel, etc.
I MISS all our past days together with ALL my heart.
Clark C. McClelland, ScO
February 16, 2010
My condolences to the family on this sad day. At the same time, it's important that we remember and celebrate the years of service Wilma gave to amateur astronomy. She was one in a million.

Michael E. Bakich, senior editor, Astronomy magazine
February 16, 2010
Dear David, Christine, Katie, Emma and Mr. Cherup and the rest of the Cherup family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your grandmother/great grandmother and mother. It's hard to imagine life without someone who has been a part of it for so long. I hope that you find comfort in the memories and through the love of your freinds and each other during this very sad time. Prayers and hugs....
Zoi Miller
February 16, 2010
Dear Cherup family, I'm so sorry about the passing of your Mom. Wilma was a dear friend of my Mom, Evelyn Lang Steffan. I have very fond memories of the ladies at card club. Let's all hope that they are reunited in heaven, laughing and carrying on.
Lynn Steffan
February 16, 2010
we are saddened to hear of the passing of your mother, in 95 years she touched many lives, our sympathy to you and you family
bill and evelyn loth
February 16, 2010
My condolences to you on the death of your mom Wilma. I remember her as a sweet woman when I was around her before and at your wedding. My sympathy to you and to all of your family.
Your cousin Mary Carol Kirchner Geddis
Mary Carol Geddis
February 16, 2010
Dear David, Christine and Cherup Family,

We were saddened to learn of the death of your grandmother and great grandmother. It seems as though she had a very full life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Glen and Kathy
Glen and Kathy Wissner
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