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Cheryl Querbach

Cheryl Ann Querbach

Wednesday, July 28th, 1948 - Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
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Obituary

Cheryl Ann Querbach, 72, of Benton Harbor, Michigan, passed away on February 10, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones.

Cheryl was born on July 28, 1948 to Paul and Dolores Halstead in Jackson, Michigan. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1966, where she proudly played trombone in the marching band. Later that year, in 1966, she met the love of her life, Francis Querbach, at a gas station. Frank and Cheryl were married shortly after in August of 1967, and honeymooned at the World’s Fair in Montreal, Canada. They lived together in Jackson until 1968 when she followed Frank in his Naval career and moved to Waukegan, IL, Pensacola, FL, Kamiseya, Japan, Adak, Alaska, and then to his final duty station in Imperial Beach, CA, before relocating back to Michigan and planted roots in Benton Harbor. Throughout their travels together, they had four children, Melissa (Day), Stacey (DeMaio), Kyle and Paul.

Cheryl dedicated her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother. She could always be spotted in the stands watching her children at band and choir concerts, football games, baseball games, softball games, basketball games, wrestling matches, track meets, and car shows. She stayed up late into the night and early morning talking and listening to her children. She supported all of her family through their many hobbies, passions, heartaches and tragedies. She made it her mission to be supportive and caring and improve the lives of others, most especially her children.

Cheryl excelled not only at raising her four children but countless other children in her more than 20 years as a daycare provider in her home. She helped raise an impressive 64 children in her home daycare called “Cheryl’s House.” Each of those children loved “Mommy Cheryl” dearly and were so blessed to have her in their lives.

Cheryl retired from raising children and re-entered the workforce outside of her home when she joined Family Physicians of St. Joseph. She worked to help patients there for 7 years before switching careers and joining Smith-Dahmer Associates as an Accounting Specialist and “Jack of all Trades” for another 18 years before finally retiring in 2016.

Cheryl was an artist at heart, though she didn’t think so. For many years, when she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found making and painting ceramic figures, and doing needlepoint. She was an avid young adult fiction reader who loved the novels from Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Mortal Instruments. She loved going to casinos to play slot machines and playing video games with her online friends from around the globe. She enjoyed traveling around the country to visit her children and grandchildren who moved away, and wished she could do it more often. She never shied away from a road trip. Cheryl lived a full life surrounded by people she cared about and loved. We will miss her greatly.

Cheryl was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Dolores Halstead, her aunt and uncle Dick and Dessie Hartman, and her grandson Ian Tyler. She is survived by her husband, Frank Querbach, her brother Scott (Sandy) Halstead, and her children Melissa Day, Stacey (Daniel) DeMaio, Kyle (Paula) Querbach, Paul Querbach and her grandchildren, Sabrina and Gage Kurbis Tevin Tyler, Niquetta Fisher, Derrik Bench, Nate, Skye, and Mason Querbach.
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Due to COVID-19, private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Cheryl's name may be made to Heartland Small Animal Rescue in South Bend.

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Carole Fetke

Posted at 08:35pm
My children were blessed to be in the amazing care of Mommy Cheryl! She was such an important part of their young lives. She was so much more than our "day care" -- she helped me be a better mom and a better teacher. She was a very important part of our lives. She and Frank (and the kids) watched our first born as we delivered the second. They were the first phone call we made to tell them he had arrived (on Cheryl's birthday!). Thank you Frank, Missy, Staci, Kyle, and Paul for sharing her with us. Love to you all -- Carole Fetke (and Tyler Allen, Anthony Allen, and Alyssa (Allen) Baxter).
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Jen Culby

Posted at 02:29pm
Cheryl's warmth, kindness, friendliness and absolutely brilliant smiles and hugs will be sorely missed. My heart and thoughts are with all of you.
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Mike & Deb Gulino

Posted at 11:18am
Dear Frank & family,
Our most sincere sympathies for your loss. We remember well at the company dinners
in years past how pleasant she always was & the great conversations. So sorry to hear of her
passing and may you find comfort in your warm memories of her.
Mike & Deb Gulino
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Tom Phelan

Posted at 10:54am
Frank, Kyle, Paul and family, Please accept our condolences and prayers from Tom and Kelly Phelan. We are so sorry for your loss. Our time with Cheryl at the ball fields and football and high school games will always be in our memory. Frank, my time with you coaching was very special and to be able to coach your sons I will never forget. Kyle and Paul and sisters, to lose your mother will always create a void in your lives. Hold on to all your memory's and keep your family close. Love you all.
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Bennie Earl See

Posted at 12:40pm
I am so sad to hear that Cheryl passed away. I feel like part of my childhood has been removed. I have known Cheryl almost my entire life. Our family moved to East Monroe St. in 1954 and I believe Cheryl's family already lived there. I can't remember if Cheryl was in Mrs. Burbank's Kindergarten Class in 1953, at Austin Blair, but she may have been. We went through Austin Blair, East Intermediate and Jackson High School together. Our house was only about 500 feet from where Cheryl and her family lived. I knew both of her parents, who were fine people, and her brother Scott too. Cheryl was definitely part of the neighborhood gang. About the only sport she didn't play, with the rest of us, was football but I am not sure if she didn't try that a couple of times! Cheryl had a lovely smile and was a beautiful, beautiful person. I sure wish I could have seen her one last time. My heart goes out to her family. We have all lost a very wonderful person.
Regards, Bennie See
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