Witzke Funeral Homes Inc.

5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD


Cheryl Dawn Dercola

June 23, 1944July 29, 2020

Cheryl Dawn Dercola, 76, passed away in her home on July 29, 2020.

Cheryl was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A brilliant chemist and mathematician, Cheryl was Valedictorian of her senior high school class in 1962, and won National Honors in Latin and mathematical competitions. In college, she earned a double degree in chemistry and physical sciences from Maryland University in 1967. Cheryl worked at Goddard Space Flight Center as one of the first female computer programmers, performing analysis for many early unmanned satellites and manned space flights to the moon.

Throughout her life, Cheryl developed many amazing talents. She produced dozens of professional-quality oil paintings and sewing and embroidery projects. Cheryl made many lifelong friends through her love of games of all sorts. She was always ready for a game of cards, mah jongg, or bingo.

Through it all, her top priority was Gino, her loving husband of 49 years, and her children and grandchildren, supporting them in all of their events and enjoying many beach vacations together. Cheryl loved to travel in later years. She and Gino visited the majority of the United States and a dozen countries, including Germany, Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, and Switzerland.

Her sense of humor and constant good nature will live in the hearts of everyone she met. She is survived by her husband, two children, four grandchildren, and numerous close family.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


Cheryl Dawn Dercola

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Sid DeBoer

August 3, 2020

Sue and I send our sympathy to you and your family Gino. God bless you and yours.

Flip Lauer

August 1, 2020

Eileen and I will always remember her as such a warm and friendly lady. She had a great attitude and funny remarks . We are so glad to have had experiences with her during our shared fun gatherings.

Dan and Jennifer Rowell

July 31, 2020


Our sympathies be with you and family. Your mom seemed like a very fun and smart lady. I'm sure she will be missed. Tomorrow is 4 years since my mother passed. I know it hurts. See you back at PCS Ville .


Geno and Markay Santella

July 31, 2020

We’re so sorry to hear of the passing of Cheryl. We visited with Cheryl and Geno when they would come to the family reunions in Fairfax Station, Va. We are Dale’s half brother and sister in law. We never knew she was such an accomplished woman and paved the way for many other women. How proud you all must be to have had such a wonderful Wife, mother and grandmother.

Judy Stone

July 31, 2020


Your loving nature and the warmth that you always exuded made knowing you both a pleasure and unforgettable. An excellent wife, mother, grandmother, family member and friend, you held a cherished spot in your wide circle of friends and family. You will always rest with the angels and until we meet again, may G-d hold you in His loving arms.

Jason Linthicum

July 31, 2020

So many stories ended with those listening in complete laughter. Coming back to wipe out Tony & Dawn at a game of Pitch, inside jokes of 'oh no, not on my clean flooorrr' or singing, purposely off-pitch the song 'I Swear' to annoy everyone and laugh while we sang....those are my memories.
Smiling as I stated writing this, tearful as I finish. Thankful for the time we shared.

Anton Huyps

July 31, 2020

Dear Gino and family,

My most sincere condolences with the passing of Cheryl. She was such a very special person, someone we loved and never can be replaced. I will always remember the great vacations we had over the years. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I will miss her very much.


Erica Hobby

July 30, 2020

Dear Gino, Dawn, Tony and family,
I am heart broken over the loss of Cheryl. I have so many fond memories of her, as a caring, kind, loving and ever present mom and wife. I spent so much time in your home as a child and have always thought of her as a second mom. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. Wishing you much peace.

All my love,

Helene Levi

July 30, 2020

Cheryl welcomed me into the canasta and man jongg games at the Senior Center and I always looked forward to playing with her. She was witty and warm. I will miss her. I extend my deepest sympathies to her family.

Karen Disidoro

July 30, 2020

Dear Gino and Family,
How she will be missed....loved the family gatherings. Our hearts are aching.
Karen and Joe


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