OBITUARY

Cherie Lynn Zell

June 5, 1962March 11, 2021

Mrs. Cherie Lynn Zell, 58, of Woodstock, GA passed away March 11, 2021. Cherie was born on June 5, 1962 in Chicago, IL. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business with a specialty in marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was a talented interior designer and ran a successful business.

Cherie was a parishioner of Transfiguration Catholic Church, Marietta, GA. She was a loving mother who was actively involved in the lives of her children. She was very nurturing and incredibly charitable to all who entered her life. Many of her children’s friends considered her a second mom, as she was always very supportive of their endeavors. When she wasn’t attending one of her children’s events, Cherie enjoyed going to concerts, working in her garden, loving on her animals and cooking. She was cherished by all who met her.

Cherie is survived by her children, Kathryn Zell (fiancé, Colby) and Robert Zell; mother, Elaine Jaworski; brothers, Bob Jaworski (Kelly) and Keith Jaworski (Karen). Cherie was preceded in death by her father, Robert Jaworski.

There will be a mass at a later date at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1815 Blackwell Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Cherie to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Transfiguration Catholic Church, https://transfiguration.com/get-involved/ministries/svdp/

  • FAMILY

  • Cherie is survived by her children, Kathryn Zell (fiancé, Colby) and Robert Zell; mother, Elaine Jaworski; brothers, Bob Jaworski (Kelly) and Keith Jaworski (Karen). Cherie was preceded in death by her father, Robert Jaworski.

Services

  • Mass

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Brian Matthews

March 31, 2021

Believe
One word describes Cherie. I am an old friend from college…I was fortunate to have been part of Cherie’s inner circle and boy was it fun. Although we lost contact over the years, her positive encouragement has had a long-lasting impact.
If you are reading this, you undoubtingly know how much Cherie believed in you.
Cherie believed in friends, near and far. She believed in having fun (lots of fun) and yet, she believed in hard work, doing what is right and always doing your best. She believed strongly in the difference between right and wrong.
Cherie believed in trust, confidence, love and laughter.
Thank you to the amazing Jaworski clan in PA and GA for sharing Cherie with us…I believe, during this holiest of weeks, Cherie is planning a spectacular Easter Egg Hunt for all of God’s children in heaven.
Finally, make no mistake about it, Cherie believes in everyone of us more now than ever before, let us never forget and never let her down.

Brian Matthews
IUP 1984

Lorrraine wells

March 25, 2021

My heart and prayers go out to the family.I'm darcys mom!

Tim Chisholm

March 23, 2021

Cherie was a true friend, who gave and gave and gave, like a fountain. She gave everyone a feeling of importance, that we were loved, and liked, and welcomed. Not long after I met her, she put her hand on my shoulder, looked me in the eyes and asked "What is your trade?" I could have had the most menial work, but the way she asked that question made everyone's work sound important.

She was kind, and smart, and beautiful, and funny, and great company. I'll never forget how her eyes lit up when she talked about her kids, whom she clearly adored. And I'll never forget her smile, and her laughter, and the way she treated people.

Cherie, I will always treasure the memories of times we shared. I miss you already, my friend.

Lana Dennis

March 21, 2021

Sweet Cherie. She encouraged us and laughed with us and took us all into her heart, because hers was so big. I hugged her on 3-5-21 and was so excited to share a new wine with her I'd discovered, that I thought she would enjoy too. She was meetup family and a friend. Her light was so bright and the world seems dimmer. I pray for all of us that feel her presence still and will remember how lucky I was to know her and call her my friend. The memories she gave us are cherished.

Amy Nelson

March 20, 2021

(1/2) Their legacy lives on in you.

Katie,
We have only met once, but I was impressed with you none-the-less. It made sense to me that you were a “Zell” as I witnessed much of the same wonderful qualities in you that I had previously experienced in interactions with your parents and brother.
We met because many of my babysitters had moved off to college, and I was looking to interview some babysitters, so I could have some contacts when the need arose. I had called your parents and asked if you could pop by and just meet us, and we could get to know you a little bit as a potential babysitter.
I cannot recall all the details of our conversation, but I believe you were working part-time (?) in some type of service capacity with elderly(?). I do remember seeing your passion and heart for people and your desire to serve others. You also had an outgoing, fun-loving personality. I was also impressed to hear that you were mentoring a neighborhood girl to become a babysitter. I also noticed how well you engaged with my daughter and she with you. Katie, hearing you share about your life and the ways you chose to spend your time, made an impression. I could see leadership, caring, the desire to invest in others, encouragement, and a heart for service. I am only sad that our schedules did not line up to where you actually got to babysit.
You are strong; you are capable; you are loved. I am so glad you have your brother, fiance, grandmother, and other relatives to support you. Praying for you.

Amy Nelson

March 20, 2021

(2/2) Their legacy lives on in you.

Katie,
It was beautiful to see the fruit of how your parents raised you. I know they modeled service and would bet that they encouraged you in your heart for service. I could see the “Zell” character exhibited in your great manners; your comfortableness giving eye contact; and your ability to communicate well with me as an adult.
I know your parents are so proud of you. Their legacy of service, kindness, and being other-minded continues beautifully on in you! Prayers for great comfort, love, and support as you grieve these incredibly painful losses. Prayers that you will be surrounded by emotionally safe people who you can just cry with and be comforted.

Amy Nelson

March 20, 2021

Their legacy lives on in you.

Robert,
I also recall a time, when I wanted to surprise my husband by the lawn being mowed as he had been traveling with work for a while; and he would be delighted that he did not have ‘mowing’ on his ‘honey-do’ list. I had a lot going on, so I knew I did not have time to mow it, but I quickly thought of you, Robert. You are such a polite young man and an athlete, and I thought you might be interested in making some extra money as a high schooler. I called your parents to ask, and before I knew it you were over at my house! After a while, I looked outside to check on you and saw that you were pushing YOUR lawn mower up the short, yet steep hill by my house. Come to find out, our lawn mower had some issues and was not doing the job well. When you realized this, you instantly switched gears and became a problem solver. Then you took the initiative to do what you needed to do in-order-to complete the task at hand. It would have been understandable, if you had knocked on the door and said the mower was not working right, and you would not be able to complete the job. But you did not even say a word to me. You walked (probably jogged as a cross country athlete) back over to your house, which was literally on the far, opposite side of the neighborhood; got your lawn mower and walked back over to my house, up and down the Georgia hills. (As I had witnessed you, during those cross-country years, jogging in and out of the neighborhood frequently, I can imagine that you likely just chose to change your perspective –which is a gift---to see this “bummer” as an “opportunity for an extra workout.” I have to admit, I was agasped that you had labored so much when I could have easily driven you over to your house to pick up your lawn mower. I was also a bit embarrassed that our lawn mower, which I had not used, had not been effective in completing the law. (It was soon retired.) {1 of 2... continued}

Amy Nelson

March 20, 2021

Their legacy lives on in you.

Robert,
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But do you know what? Your attitude and response to a physically demanding, and naturally disappointing, and/or frustrating experience, was so beautiful as you reassured me that it was your pleasure to do what you needed to in-order-to complete the job of mowing the lawn. You genuinely put me at ease. You would not even let me drive the lawn mower back to your house when you were finished. I was beyond impressed and grateful for your help. I called your parents and gushed on you, letting them know the testimony of their son and how proud I knew they were. I asked if you had a job outside of the home because I would like to give business to a place that hires such quality people. I even wanted to write a “review” for you as such a top-notch young man. Your dad thanked me and said a review would not be necessary, and communicated you were glad for the opportunity to help me out.
Robert, are not only a gentleman, respectful, and kind, but you are also determined; you are strong; you are perseverant; and from the little I know of you, you are a young man of character and have a heart for service. These are all traits that your parents modeled and instilled in you, Robert. You are their legacy living on.
Praying for you during this time of incredible grief, sadness, and pain. They will be missed for sure.


Amy Nelson

March 20, 2021

Their legacy lives on in you.
Robert,
Many have witnessed the beautiful testimony of how your parents raised you.
I remember many years ago, when you, would walk around the neighborhood selling Christmas trees and wreaths for your Boy Scout fundraiser. You would greet me with a smile, look me in the eye, and articulate your sales pitch very well. I remember thinking, Robert is such a kind, and respectful young man. I am excited for my son/Cub Scout to develop these skills, and character like Robert. I am also impressed with your perseverance and commitment to stick with Scouting all the way through Eagle Scout. Having a Boy Scout myself, I know it’s a long journey with many, many stepping stones along the way, so I commend you for your many achievements along the way and the honor of being an Eagle Scout.
Your parents instilled in you, honor, commitment, service, kindness, determination, and the mental strength to do hard things.

Amy Nelson

March 20, 2021

Katie, Robert, and family,
Your parents were a huge blessing to our neighborhood throughout the past 25+ years. We moved-in to the community in 1999; and I recall both of your parents being active within the community, in addition to being welcoming and genuine. They enjoyed their community and were thrilled for others to come be a part of it. This stood out to me because I would not think that such a tight knit group of families in the early years would lend itself to being so inclusive. But my experience was different from my expectations, and we were blessed to find such a community to raise our family. Both of your parents, in addition to Lee's leadership within the HOA helped to set this welcoming tone. Cherie and Lee had a heart for our neighborhood and the people in it. In the first 10 years + of us living here, I remember many neighborhood events where Lee and Cherie played an active role. They were like our community shepherds alongside some other couples who had lived here as long and were involved in servant leadership.
There were only a handful of occasions in the past years when I would be walking on the far other side of the neighborhood and cross paths with Cherie, but when I did, I felt like there was an instant friend connection because we shared this wonderful neighborhood. Plus, it was just who she was, always friendly, and kind. Life radiated from her.
She, like your father, are greatly missed and there is a void within our community and hearts.
I am grateful for the positive impact they both made on me and so many, just because of who they were.

FROM THE FAMILY