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Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home & Cemetery

17W201 Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

OBITUARY

Cheryl L. May

19 March , 194927 October , 2019
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Cheryl L. May, age 70, of Carol Stream, IL, was born in Chicago on March 19, 1949; and passed on October 27, 2019. Cheryl is the beloved wife of the late Richard for 48 years; loving mother of her "four-legged fur baby" Molly; beloved sister of Phillip (San), Jackie (the late Re), the late Linda and Ricky; dear daughter of the late Chet & Miriam; loving aunt of Julie, Wendy (Kent), Rick (Natalie), Randy, Steve (Becky), Lori, Todd, Kristi (Chase), and Kelly; Great-aunt to Holly, Emily, Rachael, Frankie, Andrew, Chloe, Hannah, Helmut, Ricky, Haley, Dylan, Eric, Elizabeth, Kyle, Vivian and Christopher; cherished friend of many.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, 2 November , 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, 2 November , 2019

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Randall VonDrasek

2 November 2019

No matter how Aunt Cheryl was doing, she always slapped on the biggest smile she could find and always greet everyone with a unforgettable energy. I love you Aunt Cheryl and you will be missed and thought of each and every day. I want to thank you for being such a impact on my life. Thank you for coming to my basketball games, my baseball games, taking me out for my birthday, or giving us coins to go play the slot machine in your basement. I will cherish every single memory I have of you, till we meet again. I love you and not a day will go by where you are not thought of.

Kelly Burke

31 October 2019

We didn’t share the same blood but, I was closer to Aunt Cheryl than I was with most of my relatives.

We understood each others need for sweets, a spotless house & nothing out of place...did you notice that she had that spidey sense & knew something was out of place in her house? I enjoyed moving her decorative pillows out of place just to get her goat.

Right until the end her mind was sharp & she had a playful, caring way even when she didn’t feel well. She’d be sleeping at the hospital & a doctor would come in & say CHERYL, IT’S DR..., she’d open her eyes, look up at the doctor & then roll her eyes at him or her, like she was saying “you again?!”

Even when her body was giving up she was concerned about everyone else & would open her eyes & ask “did you eat?”, “did you sleep?” & in typical Aunt Cheryl style, she wouldn’t just take yes or no for an answer, she’d want specifics, what did you eat? Where did you sleep?

She was always up for an adventure. One of our last adventures was a beautiful day this summer & it began downtown at Navy Pier. With Cheryl in her wheelchair that had only one foot rest 🙄 & me pushing her, Cheryl had her 2nd rainbow cone, the other time she’d had one was with Linda & Uncle Richie. We made our way to the end of the pier where Aunt Cheryl was tapping’ her foot & rockin’ out to a Green Day type band that was playing. We decided to take a walk along the lake & ended up getting front row seats to a professional volleyball game at North Avenue Beach. Aunt Cheryl was enjoying the lakefront & views so we walked along the lake the rest of the way home to a neighborhood pizza place where we had dinner. The plan was to go back to my place & watch movies, but after all the fresh air & stairs up to my place Cheryl couldn’t keep her eyes open, so we watched the same scenes of the same movie over & over the rest of the night 🤣.

I miss our daily texts & our weekend time already Aunt Cheryl. My days will be lonely until we meet again.

Rachael Von Drasek

30 October 2019

Aunt Cheryl,
I love you so much. My heart is broken by your death but you are free at last. Your broken body held you back in this life. You fought back so hard, for so long. Although your life was a constant battle you never let it bring you down. You did not show weakness, you radiated strength. You were like a grandmother to me, my Great Auntie Cheryl, I will miss you, until we meet again. I will treasure our memories that we've made together, build a bear, Santa's village, every birthday and holiday, sleepovers, binging on junk food and candy, watching movies and our show (Poldark), staying up late and sleeping in, starbucks runs, popsicles and dumb doctors appointments. I treasure all of it, your good and bad days. Just being in your presence lifted my spirits. I am also so thankful for your friendship as well as your love. I could talk to you about everything and you knew when to listen or when to speak up. You have always spoiled me. Thank you for your unconditional love auntie. I love you always and forever. May we meet again.
Xoxoxoxo
-Rachie

Holly Scheradella

29 October 2019

Aunt Cheryl, you touched so many hearts in your lifetime. One of them was mine. I am thankful for all the memories we’ve created together over the holidays, birthdays, and events. You are so sweet and kind to love me the way you did. I may not be family through blood, but you still made me feel like family.
You will be dearly missed ~ I love you forever and always.

Hannah Von Drasek

29 October 2019

You will be missed dearly, Aunt Cheryl. You were such an amazing and inspiring person and you’ll never be forgotten. I’m so glad I got to see you one last time. It broke my heart to see you in so much pain so I am happy to know that you are no longer in pain and are now in a better place. Rest easy, I love and miss you so much.

Haley VonDrasek

29 October 2019

Rest easy Aunt Cheryl, I love and miss you so much. I am so glad I got see you before you passed and tell you I loved you. You never failed to put a smile on someone’s face. I know your up there with uncle Richie and Nana and you are no longer suffering. Your time on earth wasn’t long enough and I wish you could’ve got more time to do the things you wanted to do. We all miss you so much. I will always cherish the good memories I have. You were selfless, caring, funny, loving, kind and many more. I know I will see you again someday. You are always in my heart❤️

Ricky Von Drasek

29 October 2019

You were always a positive person and always tried to come out for everything. You will be missed greatly and I will never forget all the great stories you would tell and cheer me up. I love you and miss you. You will always have a special place in my heart and I know you will be watching over me and guiding me through life.

Rick Natalie Holly Hannah Ricky Haley Von Drasek

29 October 2019

The "Unicorn" Aunt Cheryl, You will be forever missed, But always in our Hearts. We are the lucky ones to have had you in our Lives... You are our Second Mom... Thank you for all you did for us growing up, I know you did more for us that none of us kids even know about, Just you and Mom know.... :)

We Love You with all our Hearts... We know that you are now in a better place, this is not a good bye, but a til we meet again...

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Biography

Cheryl L. May, age 70, of Carol Stream, IL, was born in Chicago on March 19, 1949; and passed on October 27, 2019. Cheryl is the beloved wife of the late Richard for 48 years; loving mother of her "four-legged fur baby" Molly; beloved sister of Phillip (San), Jackie (the late Re), the late Linda and Ricky; dear daughter of the late Chet & Miriam; loving aunt of Julie, Wendy (Kent), Rick (Natalie), Randy, Steve (Becky), Lori, Todd, Kristi (Chase), and Kelly; Great-aunt to Holly, Emily, Rachael, Frankie, Andrew, Chloe, Hannah, Helmut, Ricky, Haley, Dylan, Eric, Elizabeth, Kyle, Vivian and Christopher; cherished friend of many.