OBITUARY

Cheryl "Cheri" Lynn Via

October 8, 1958October 6, 2020

Cheryl "Cheri" Lynn Via, 61, of LaGrange, Kentucky passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Cheri was born on October 8, 1958 in Louisville, Ky and grew up in Jeffersonville, IN before eventually landing in Oldham County with her family in a home she lovingly dubbed Viacamp. After the heartache of losing her husband to diabetes she was lucky enough to find love again and greatly cherished her partnership with Gene Rice for the last 16 years.

Cheri had a servant’s heart, born from her strong roots in Girl Scouts and her general nature of caring for others. She carried that heart-filled passion through all that she did, both seen and unseen.

She was a community activist; involved in anything and everything she could to make this world a better place for future generations to come. Cheri served her community as a member of the Oldham County Democrats Executive Committee, Indivisible, and Moms Demand Action, a volunteer for CASA, participant in the Women's March, and as President of the Democratic Women of Oldham County. Her mission, especially in the last few years, was to make a difference.

Cheri loved her family and always had a huge smile on her face every time she was talking about her grandchildren. Her activism exemplified her wish for a better world for them and she gave freely in every way to bring that vision to life.

She is preceded in death by her husband David Via; brothers Alan Merideth and Gerald Merideth; parents Howard and Flora Merideth (Burton).

Left to cherish the memory of Cheri are her fiancé; Gene, daughters Natosha Cundiff (Rhys) and Tiffany, step-sons Brian and Casey; grandchildren Hanie, Jack, Sylas, Shepherd, DavidMichael, LucasRay, Peyton, Brody and Eli; brother David Merideth; extended family and many friends.

A Celebration of Cheri's Life will be held at Heady-Radcliffe Funeral Home on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 11am with burial to follow at Floydsburg Cemetery in Crestwood, Ky. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 4-8pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in memory of Cheri to ACLU.org, Black Lives Matter, or the Oldham County Democrats (oldhamkydems.org).

Please leave your memories and condolences for Cheri's Family at www.heady-radcliffefuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 11, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, October 12, 2020

Memories

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Ruth Hendrickson

October 12, 2020

Cheri & I met in Sociology class at JCC on the first day of school. We were instant study buddies & inseparable friends for the next four years. We took every class together & applied for every scholarship available, with much success. Cheri thought there should be more interaction among students so, she started a Student Council at JCC. We worked tirelessly on projects, creating activities where we could all support each other while sharing our skills & our stories & just having fun. Cheri was brilliant, she was vivacious & most of all she was kind. While at UofL, she formed study groups, making sure we all “got it” after those long lectures from the profs. Non traditional students that we were we graduated, Cheri, Magna Cum Laude & I, just a step behind. I have often thought that Cheri should have signed my diploma! She was my angel through tough times & fun times. I could not have made it without her. You now have your true angel wings,Cheri! Fly high in God’s everlasting peace & beauty! I love you, dear friend. Ruth❤️

Virginia Johnson

October 11, 2020

I knew Cheri through politics. She was a wonderful Democratic woman and a fighter for justice in her community. Condolence to her family and many friends. Rest in peace beautiful lady.

Paula Weglarz

October 10, 2020

Cheri & I connected through our mutual political views, but she was so much more than politics.

She was an encouraging cheerleader on social media when you were having a down day.

Her heart was bigger than life itself.

I promise to carry forward her energy & spirit.

She will be so missed.

Debbie Mudd

October 10, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of this special lady. I met her thru Lynn, my cousin. We have great memories. Love an prayers to each one of her family an friends. Love you, Cheri!!!!

Vickie Galus

October 10, 2020

I have known Cheri for over 30 years. She was a very dear friend to my sister Lyn Marquis. Cheri was a fun person. Her biggest loves in life were her family, Gene, friends and life. Cheri loved Florida, sunshine and reading. I will always remember your laugh. This world has lost a great person but Heaven gained an Angel. My condolences to her family. May God watch over you and give you the peace and comfort you need. Prayers to all. You didn't lose Cheri. You gained her memories and a guardian Angel. God Bless.

LaDonna Pilkerton

October 10, 2020

I have known Cheri for probably over 30 years. I met her through my Aunt Linda Marquis. She was a great person. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.

Karin Moten

October 10, 2020

Cheri, I will always keep your kind words in my heart. Thank you for your fighting spirit. Rest in Honor.

Blessings,

Karin Moten

Sally Seyal

October 10, 2020

I moved to Oldham County shortly before the 2016 election. I sought to become politically involved in making a difference, I met Cheri at a meeting. She was welcoming, helped me feel at ease and was my first OC friend. She was kind and passionate about her family and helping others, and her commitment to do whatever she could to make this world a better place. I will miss her and her uplifting spirit greatly. God bless her, and condolences to her family and friends.

Charlotte Flanary

October 9, 2020

Cheri was easy to know and will be impossible to forget.

Greg Veach

October 9, 2020

I will always remember going down to river and just having fun with Cheri and the rest of her family ona house boat they had. We had a blast while growing up. Cheri was always smiling and helping out any way she could. And of course having a few beers or drinks with us as we just sat around goofing off and swimming.

FROM THE FAMILY

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