Graveside Saturday, October 28, 2017 at
Elkhart Cemetery at 10:00 a.m.
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, Mount Pulaski
Marilyn Kay Cherry, 74, of Elkhart, passed away on
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Memorial Medical
Center in Springfield.
She was born March 5, 1943, in Springfield to Winnie
Ackridge Wise. She married Ed Cherry on June 13,
1963, and he preceded her in death on October 20,
2015. She is also preceded in death by her mother,
her brother Mike Wise, her granddaughter Jill Denise
Reynolds, and her brothers in law Orville Bentley,
Bob Fuiten, and John Cherry.
Marilyn is survived by her five children: Melisa
(Mike) Beal of Mechanicsburg, Rebecca (Joseph) Simko
of Sherman, Laura (Robb) Hanner of Athens, Scott
(Hillary) Cherry of Mount Pulaski, and Robert
(Callie) Cherry of Normal: ten grandchildren: Chris
(Kristy) Maus, Mary (Mitchell) Gillett, Brittney
(Rory) Taylor, Jessie Maus, Nick Hanner, Nathan
Simko, Cason Cherry, Teagan Cherry, Lila Cherry, and
Eve Cherry; five great-grandchildren: Lexy, Evelynn,
Fallon, Faye, and Adeline; her sisters Jan Bentley
and Connie Wise, her brother Larry (Polly) Wise, her
sisters-in-law Linda Wise, Ruth Fuiten and Janet
Cherry, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Marilyn graduated from Elkhart High School in 1961
and retired from Corporation Service Company in
2006. She and Ed lived and farmed in the Cornland
area for 42 years, then moved to Elkhart in 1992.
She was a member of the Elkhart American Legion
Marilyn was known for being a great cook, creating
memorable family holidays, and for being able to
host several coffee and tea drinkers at her kitchen
table at a momentís notice. She was usually the
quietest person in the room, but she had a great
sense of humor and loved her family deeply. She was
always there when we needed her. She was a wonderful
mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. We were
blessed to have her in our lives, and she will be
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October
28, 2017 at Elkhart Cemetery at 10:00 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made in Marilynís name to
Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois.
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home of Mount
Pulaski has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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