Cheryl Westra, 81

Published 7:52 am Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Cheryl Sue (Danielson) Westra, 81, of Decorah, Iowa, died on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Cheryl Westra, 81

Cheryl was born to Willis and Bonnie Danielson on Aug. 26, 1937, in Dows, Iowa. Cheryl worked most of her life serving others, from raising seven children to working for over 20 years in food service at Luther College in Decorah, retiring in 2003.

Cheryl enjoyed the many trips across the United States with her friends of Decorah, the antiquing trips with her sister and brother-in-law, the early morning water aerobics with the Decorah Bobbers and the weekly gatherings at the Senior Center.

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Cheryl will be forever remembered and missed by her children, Sherry (John) Weber of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Debra (Dennis) Durham of Kentucky, Kathy Crawford (Doug DeWall) of Caledonia, Minnesota, Timothy (Jody) Schwartz of Moorhead, Minnesota, and Kevin (Wendy) Schwartz of New Hampshire, along with 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Cheryl is preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanette Schwartz; a son, Ricky Schwartz; her parents; an infant sister, Virginia Danielson; her first husband, Kenneth Schwartz; and her second husband, John Westra.

A celebration of life will be held for Cheryl from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, 604 South Ave. in Decorah.