Sheryl Marie Dykes, age 60, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton after a lengthy battle with cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. A committal service will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, in the Holy Angels Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 6:45 PM and a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM.
Sheryl Marie Dykes was born December 15, 1956, in Estherville, Iowa to Merrill and Cleora (Heinrichs) Hanson. She attended St. Patrick's Elementary School and graduated from Estherville High School in 1975. Sheryl attended Fashion Merchandising School in Omaha, NE, graduating in 1976. Sheryl began working for Salkin and Linoff Company as a Retail Store Director and managed several store locations in Iowa. She developed a real flair for merchandising and salesmanship. Sheryl's stores were fun for customers and employees while becoming highly profitable. She also became a Merchandise designer for Younkers Department Stores.
Sheryl married Bradley Dykes May 11, 1985, at St. Patrick's Church in Estherville, IA. She continued her store design work but also became a partner in helping Brad improve the Hy-Vee stores that he managed by creating and hanging signage, building displays and decorating. She was in integral part of decorating the stores for the holidays, especially Christmas. During their time in Worthington, MN Brad and Sheryl welcomed Erin into the family in November 1987. In Sioux Center, IA Evan joined the family in May of 1990. Later in the year of 1990 the family moved to Yankton, SD.
In Yankton, Sheryl was active, chaired and volunteered for Friends of Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Bazaar, Yankton Athletic Boosters Club and Yankton Swim Team. She particularly enjoyed being a member of PEO AS and Laura Ingalls Wilder Questers Organizations.
Sheryl was passionate about design and décor. She especially loved decorating her home for Christmas and was known for having Christmas trees in every room of the house. Her most recent project was designing and remodeling the family beach home in Spirit Lake, Iowa. It was featured in Okoboji Magazine.
Sheryl also had a deep passion for her Catholic faith and the Rosary. She was a member of the Yankton Family Radio Rosary Board. Best known for her determination, she was determined to practice her faith, love her family and friends, work hard and have fun. She fought her illness to the bitter end while never giving up or losing faith.
Sheryl is survived by her husband, Brad, Yankton; daughter, Erin (Tanner) Smith of Omaha, NE; son, Evan of Omaha, NE; father, Merrill Hanson of Estherville, IA; brother and two sisters, Steve (Juliet) Hanson of Warrensburg, MO, Laura (Joel) Stevens, Swea City, and Gayle (Rick) Johnson of Spencer, IA; mother-in-law, Loretta Dykes of Cedar Falls, Iowa; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Brent (Mary) Dykes of Omaha, NE, Brenda (Wayne) Jacobson of Cedar Falls, IA; and nieces and nephews on both the Hanson and Dykes families.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Cleora (Heinrichs) Hanson; father-in-law, Jack Dykes; and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to the Yankton Family Radio Rosary, c/o Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 Capitol St. Yankton, SD 57078 or to the Avera McKennan Foundation for Cancer Research P.O. Box 5045, Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Our sincere sympathy to the entire family.
She is at peace.
Tim & Jeanie Shafer
Dear Brad and family, we were so sorry to hear of Sheryl's passing. Please know that you are in our hearts as well as prayers during this difficult time,
Bill and Roxy Rosenau
Please know that my heart hurts for you and your family, Brad! It makes me sad that time and distance gets in the way of life ... I have such wonderful memories of our families together growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marchelle (Walter) Brown
Brad and family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Sheryl from our years at St. Patrick's and EHS. She was a very special lady and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jay & Sharon (Steil) Mitchell
Dear Family, Russell was Merrill's first cousin. I'm sure Sheryl made more than a few trips to the Hanson Farm on Fox Lake near Sherburn, MN as she was growing up. We have hosted that reunion for more than 30 years. We want you all to know how sorry we are for the loss of Sheryl. I'm sure she will leave a huge hole in the middle of your family.
When my husband Russ died suddenly at age 59, it was a terrible time for our family. But, the members of our extended Hanson Family gathered around us with love and messages and it was a big help. Please know we all are holding you in our thoughts and prayers during these very hard days. One thing we learned was to hang onto the good memories for they are what get you through the bad days.
Peace and serenity be yours, Carol Hanson, Kirby & Lisa Hanson, Tony & Teresa Hanson and Julio Alaniz
We are so very sorry to hear of Sheryl's passing. She was such a pleasure to work with. You both have been ranked "our favorite customers" and from there a great friendship was formed. She will be greatly missed by all.
Everyone at Gene Krueger Construction
Brad and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. I remember Sheryl very well and her positive personality and her flair for decorating! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rod and Trish Bean
Brad and Family
Know that your many friends and classmates at EHS will be thinking of you. So very sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like I just saw Sheryl and you at the Priest Ordination at Sacred Heart. She looked like an angel. "Lord, may the Light shine upon her and there will be no more pain. Amen ." All my prayers for you Brad and your family.
We offer our condolences, Brad. Sheryl created special memories with her family and friends. Having you all as neighbors years ago, when the kids were little, was a fun time.
Jane and Max
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