Cheryl Ann (Loecker) Sommer
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Cheryl Ann (Loecker) Sommer, age 57, of Yankton, SD died Friday, June 29, 2018 at her home in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Friday July 6, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 6:45 PM and a vigil service at 7:00 PM.
Pallbearers are Derek Thompson, Mike Loecker, Brad Loecker, Mike Huether, David Kiesner, and Gary Sommer. Honorary pallbearers are Cindy Huether, Tami Loecker, Allene Sommer, Kylie Kiesner, Kohen Thompson, and George Kiesner.
This tribute is written for Cheryl Ann Sommer of Yankton, SD, along with those past and present just like her. Cheryl represents the best of those with a quiet determination to put family, faith and community before self, realizing the headlines and accolades often go elsewhere.
Born on July 29, 1960 to a working-class couple, Vern and Marilyn Loecker, East 21st Street provided the backdrop where family was taught to work hard, live within your means, family stuff is special, Sundays include church and take full advantage of the simple things in life.
She loved her hometown of Yankton. Gazelle pride ran deep as she excelled at tennis, journalism, drill team and finding love with a handsome YHS classmate at a Christmas dance. After graduating, the head over heels couple went to Northern State University where Cheryl graduated with honors. Soon after, Craig Sommer married this brown eyes beauty on August 21, 1982.
They were soon blessed with daughter Jennifer Elizabeth in 1984. They supported her every activity, taking pride in dance moves, music notes, costume changes and deep conversations, especially between Mom and her little girl. Later on, son-in-law Derek Thompson, along with a rambunctious, curly haired beautiful grandson, Kohen Bentley would allow the softer side of "Nanna" to flourish.
She was meticulous in the things she touched and took incredible pride in the "special details". The flower pots with the plants arranged just right, the ribbon and bow to enhance the beauty of the perfect present, and the Broccoli Boo Salad that the family counted on for every joyous holiday. The most critical "touch" was felt by those she loved and she never failed when they needed her most. Her dad, Vern, a receiver of that never-ending love, was first in line at Heaven's Gate to celebrate peace, love, family and his first born.
She was one heck of a worker. Nothing less would do. First National Bank was rewarded 34 years of her loyalty and grit, refusing to miss work till the end. She also served as the President of Keep Yankton Beautiful, and felt that our homes and communities are a direct reflection of us. Looking our "Sunday best", especially for visitors during Riverboat Days and graduations was vital. Colorful flowers brought a special warmth to Cheryl saying "they are so beautiful and change attitudes."
With that in mind, how about delivering handpicked or store-bought flowers to a neighbor in need of a smile? Today, think of this quiet, diligent and faithful servant when delivering the bouquet and simply sign the card "Cheryl."
Survivors include her husband, Craig Sommer of Yankton; daughter, Jennifer (Derek) Thompson of Virginia; grandson, Kohen Thompson; mother, Marilyn Loecker of Yankton; sister, Cindy (Mike) Huether of Sioux Falls; two brothers: Mike (Tami) Loecker of Lennox, SD; and Brad Loecker of Buffalo, WY; mother-in-law, Laurel Sommer of Yankton; brother-in-law, Gary Sommer of Houston, TX; sister-in-law, Allene Sommer of Yankton; and many nieces, nephews and furry friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Loecker; father-in-law, Alvin Sommer and brother-in-law, Glenn Sommer.
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You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Cheryl. Hang on to the wonderful memories. May God bless you with the grace and strength to deal with the grief.
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget" --Author Unknown
May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
There has been countless times through the years..that I have found myself visiting with Cheryl about a certain flower..or how lovely one shade of tulip or rose was...I will always remember no matter what was going on in her day..she always had time to stop and "take in" the floral dept..I very much enjoyed our visits..over our love of flowers..please know she shared with as much with me as I did with her...sending my my heartfelt sympathy to her entire family...a beautiful flower now lives in heaven.
Meshelle Shuff Jasso
I can't express my deepest sympathies to your family enough. I'm so sorry to hear about Cheryl. I know how important family is to you and hearing this is heartbreaking. Cindy, I wish you and your family an abundance of strength during this time.
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Cheryl. May the Lord bring you peace during this difficult time. Lifting you all up in prayer.
I am so sorry for your loss. Cheryl was a kind and gentle person. May God help heal the wounds of your grief.
Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. You'll be in my prayers for many months to come.
Sincerely, Tammy (Hill) Kokesh
I am so sorry for your loss. Cheryl always was a pleasure to work with and talk to, I will miss her dearly.
Craig, Jennifer, Marilyn, and all of Cheryl's family and friends you have my deepest sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you
Leon Steffen (Steffen Tax Service)
I have typed many things and then erased. So many thoughts I wish I could share with you in person! Wish I could hug you and tell you that we all at FNBO love you and miss you! This never feels right! You were beautiful, so very intelligent, detail oriented, fashionable, flower-loving, dedicated person I have ever been so blessed to have known!! Much love from one of many FNBO family members!! Till we meet again my friend...
Craig & Family- I had the the pleasure of working with Cheryl at FBCC. Eric had the pleasure of working with Craig at PL, please know we have you all in our prayers!
May God keep you held up giving you strength and comfort to face each day moving forward!
Love Eric & Kristie Shrum
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss.
Patty Vavra & Jim Vavra
I cannot express my sympathy to Craig and family for the loss of Cheryl, please keep all the goodness and love she shared in your life in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers with you all!
Kim K. Sheffield Larsen
We offer our condolences to all of Cheryl's family. May the sadness be tempered by all the special memories -- continue to share them.
Jane and Max Hawk
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