Cheryl Ann Martyn

March 16, 1945August 3, 2014
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Age 69, passed away at 12:55 p.m., August 3, 2014, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was born on March 16, 1945, at Camp Lejeune, NC, military base to the late John M. and Geraldine A. Schuster. On March 18, 1967, she married Don Martyn in Ferndale, MI. She had recently retired after nearly twenty years as an agent with Briarwood Realty Company. Cheryl grew up in North Muskegon, MI, and went to North Muskegon High School. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1965. After getting married, she taught social studies in Lansing public schools. She stayed home to raise her three children, Laurel, Kathryn and Kurt. She volunteered for many years in the Junior League of Lansing and served as its president. She was also a founding member of St. Martha’s Catholic Church. She later worked in the Okemos public schools in the administrative office, as the cheerleading coach, and as a mentor to the student council. She enjoyed spending time with her devoted husband, children and grandchildren. Known to occasionally dance on tables, she was full of life and strong opinions and a formidable foe in discussing politics. She also liked drinking coffee, skiing, shopping, reading, cooking and long weekends in North Muskegon. In addition to her loving husband, Don, Cheryl is survived by one son, Kurt Martyn of Haslett, MI; two daughters, Laurel (Brendan) O’Shaughnessy of South Bend, IN, and Kathryn (Kelley) Kuehne of Williamston, MI; and six grandchildren, Maeve, John and Katherine O’Shaughnessy, Max and Madelyn Kuehne, and Victor Martyn. She is also survived by one brother, John (Tamara) Schuster of Naperville, IL, as well as a nephew and niece, John and Brooke Schuster. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at St. Martha Parish, 1100 W. Grand River, Okemos, with Rev. Jonathan Wehrle officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 8, 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Contributions may be made to Ele’s Place, 1145 W. Oakland Ave., Lansing, MI 48915, Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906, or to St. Martha Parish in memory of Cheryl.


  • Visitation Friday, August 8, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, August 8, 2014
  • Visitation Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 9, 2014

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Willie Busch

August 21, 2014

Just want you all to know that I amthinkingofyou of you all
And hugs and love and prayers.


JoAnne Smith

August 14, 2014

So very sorry about Sheryl's passing. She was such a lovely lady and had such enthusiasm for whatever endeavor she tackled and always accomplished. She will be greatly missed by all that were fortunate enough to know her.

August 12, 2014

Dear Don & family: Terri and I are so sorry about your loss. Cheryl was so vivacious and fun to be with and will be greatly missed; We will always remember our good times together going back to the 60's which were always memorable. So glad we could have dinner together last year in Ft. Laud. Skip & Terri Scandirito

Bob & Sheri Boyle

August 10, 2014

We are so happy to have known Cheryl. She was a blessing to others and it was fun to share the child-rearing neighborhood days back in the 80s, 90s. With our sincere sympathy and love at this difficult time. Bob & Sheri Boyle

Betsye Prince

August 10, 2014

Hal and I remenber Cheryl as such a fun loving person. She was a great mom. She will be misssed by all who knew her.

Lee Zacha

August 9, 2014

Blessings to each of you. I was so sad to hear of Cheryl's passing. She was such a bright light wherever she went. Remembering lots of laughs as we raised our kids at Edgewood.

Larry Sauers

August 8, 2014

Dear Don and Family,
Terri Jo and I, are both very sorry, to learn of Cheryl's passing. She was a "fun" and "enjoyable" Gal. We sure wish we were still meeting you "guys" this weekend, in Muskegon, as planned. What a great time we had there, last year.
All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We'll see you tonight and tomorrow!
Terri Jo Cotner & Larry Sauers

August 8, 2014

She was a beautiful lady, great Realtor and leader as President of Junior League. So very sorry to hear of her passing!

August 8, 2014

Dear Don,
Terry and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Cheryl's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . I remember her smile and humor and all the great times we had together at Briarwood Realty . She was a great lady. Vicki and Terry Kildea

Ken Pugh

August 7, 2014 sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing, you have our sincere sympathy. Ken & Pam Pugh NMHS - Class of 1962