Cherolyn Kay (Gilbert) Drake, 79, formerly of Pottstown, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital after a long illness. She was the widow of Dale L. Drake, Sr., who died on December 15, 2019. Born in Green Lane, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd B. and Marian (Kulp) Gilbert. Cheryl was a graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School, class of 1959. She retired in 2012 from O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei Law Firm in Pottstown where she was employed as a Legal Secretary. She was a longtime devoted member of Zion’s United Church of Christ in Pottstown. Cheryl loved life! Whether it was the girls’ summer trips to Cape May, N.J.; hosting her annual Fourth of July picnics and Holiday dinners, attending a Broadway show, a cruise to the Bahamas or traversing a Glacier in Alaska, she was always ready to go. She enjoyed playing piano, solving puzzles, and was known as a master seamstress who could repair anything. She will be missed more than she could ever imagine. Surviving are two children, Wendy Lyn, wife of Mark A. Yeckley of Mohnton and Dale L. Drake, Jr. of North Carolina. She is also survived by a grandson, David C. Yeckley of Mohnton; brother-in-Law, Arlen B. Christman of Pennsburg; nephew, Ryan, husband of Judith Christman of Whitehall; and niece, Renae, wife of Craig Nealy of Barto. She was predeceased by her sister, Marlyn K. (Gilbert) Christman. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Houck & Gofus Funeral Home, 955 N. Charlotte Street, Pottstown, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Stewart, officiating. A viewing will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow service in the Pottstown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Zion’s U.C.C., 209 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. To offer the family online condolences, please visit us at www.gilesandyeckley.com
Published by The Mercury from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2021.