Cheryl Houtz

Cheryl Mary Houtz

Monday, March 15th, 1954 - Monday, September 28th, 2020
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Cheryl Mary Houtz, 66, of Stevensville, passed away Monday, September 28, 2020 at Golden Age Manor in Stevensville with her daughter and husband by her side.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph with Pastor Brian Rumer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 A.M. to time of service. Memorials may be made to Caring Circle of Lakeland, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Those wishing to sign Cheryl’s Memory Book online may do so at

Cheryl was born March 15, 1954 in St. Joseph, Michigan to Howard and Mary (Dehring) Houtz. She graduated from Lakeshore High School 1972. Cheryl married John Rybarczyk on November 6, 2010 at New Life Baptist Church in St. Joseph. She was a talented Arts and Crafts person, she loved ceramics and crocheting. Cheryl was a tremendous cook, her family said that everything she made was wonderful. Her favorite moments were spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, John Rybarczyk; daughter, Erin (Dan) Oderkirk of Grand Rapids; Grandchildren, Colin Oderkirk, Andrew Oderkirk, and Adalyn Oderkirk. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Eric Goodsell.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Maryalice Boone

Posted at 11:39pm
John and Erin and family - Cheryl was like a sister to me -- infact we both called each other our "Sissy." I have so many fond memories of times together with Cheryl and John...that I will hold in my heart forever. I extend my sincere condolences and love to my brother, John, and to Erin, Dan and family. We have the blessing and joy of knowing that Cheryl is now pain and worry free, and is resting in the loving arms of our Lord. Heaven gained a wonderful lady. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Pamela Story Fitzgerald

Posted at 06:09pm
Cheryl was like a Sister to me. When I was in the 8th grade we moved in across the street from her and her family. We had an immediate bond. We did everything together all through High School. I have so many fond memories of her and so many stories I could tell. She was a part of my family as I was her. I will forever Love her and remember all the good times we shared. I am sorry Life took us in different directions. Rest in Peace my dear Sister. Love you forever.

Linda K Curtis

Posted at 09:54am
sympathy to cheryl's family ....R I P ....

Sue Bancroft

Posted at 04:43pm
I will always remember Cheryl's laugh. She always joked and had fun at work. She will be missed. I am so sorry to her family, I know Erin was the absolute joy of her life, along with those beautiful grandkids.

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