Cheryl L. Parks

May 10, 1946October 4, 2020

Cheryl L. Parks, 74 of Arlington Heights was born May 10, 1946 in Chicago to Clifford and Lena (Hull) Johnson and passed away October 4, 2020. Cheryl was the beloved wife of James E. Parks; loving mother of Justen (Eileen) Parks and the late Devin Parks; cherished Mimi of Tyler Parks; dear sister of Patricia (late Arthur) Folger, Karene (Wesley) Gebhardt and the late Kenneth (Caryl) Johnson and fond aunt of many. Visitation will be Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 11:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 1:00 PM at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association ( appreciated. In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, October 8, 2020


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jim hull

October 5, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with my sweet cousin Cheryl. We became very close and best of friends in our early childhood. Driving with my parents to Chicago for a weekend visit was always highly anticipated and an exciting time for our entire family. My fondest memories are of the time spent with Kenny and Cheryl. Kenny because he was a boy and was a really cool dude in my eyes. However, he was older and it was obvious that he had better things to do than look after me. Cheryl, on the other hand, was exactly my age and we always enjoyed being together.
In our preteen years Cheryl would travel on the train from Chicago to Burlington and spend a week. She often came during the county fair. We road every ride at the carnival at least once. The tilt-a- whirl and Ferris wheel twice! Corn dogs and elephant ears were on the menu.
I would also come to Chicago for a week in the summer We would repeat our fun at Riverview Park, at the bowling alley in Norridge or just walking to the Jewel and laughing all the way. The rollercoaster was much better than the one at the county fair and they had a ride called the parachute drop. Fantastic! Cheryl probably didn't do the parachute drop!
When we became interested in meeting other boys and girls, I introduced Cheryl to a friend named Jerry one summer and she introduced me to a girl in Chicago named Judy. We kept in touch with those new friends for a few years. Cheryl and I often talked and laughed about those summer relationships. We laughed a lot.
In adult life we moved in different directions. Cheryl married and with husband Jim raised a wonderful family. I moved all over the country pursuing a career in aviation. When I was in the Chicago area I always looked forward to seeing her and catching up. In recent years I have missed the opportunity to see her more often especially during the time that her health was in decline.
I will be thinking of you all as you gather to remember my dear friend, cousin Cheryl.


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