Cheryl Joyce Smith, 69, passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 after a seven-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family in her apartment in Hawthorne, California where she was a manager for 28 years. Cheryl was born on September 1, 1944 in Kankakee, Illinois to the late Mildred and Joseph Koplinski. She spent and enjoyed her younger years in Bradley, Illinois where many of her family members still remain. She enjoyed being a waitress for many years and often worked several jobs at a time to provide for her children. She was a beloved mother of four children, Richard, Darrell, Wayne and Michelle, and grandmother of four grandchildren, David, Zachary, Miranda and Samantha. Cheryl also is survived by her six siblings, Mike, Stan, Tom, Linda, Sally and Nancy and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The entire family loved and adored Cheryl and her humorous spirit. Cheryl enjoyed sightseeing, visiting family and friends, going to casinos, putting jigsaw puzzles together, playing with and watching her grandchildren, cooking, keeping a daily journal, listening to country music and traveling. She traveled extensively around the United States and, in the last year of her life, she was able to take her dream vacation to Europe. A special thanks is offered to the many doctors and hospice nurses who assisted the family in caring for Cheryl in her final days. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Cheryl's name to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Wow I just watched the video and it was beautiful, the song was perfect and beautiful as well….I would like to talk about how much cheryl meant to me personally. Not only was she my stepmoms mom but she was my friend. I loved her so much for so many reasons…she was the sweetest, funniest and most loving person I knew. I used to live in one of the apartments she managed and that happened to be a difficult time in my life for me. She was a mother/grandma figure to me when I needed it the most. I used to always go and hang out with cheryl and bill too at times and watch unsolved mysterys! We used to love that so much, and we also liked discussing the OJ simpson trial and how freakin obvious he did it and how dumb the jury was!!! Sorry, also I will never forget when I was I guess you can say a party animal? Or just stupid? I went out one night and was completely messed up, I had so much going on and quite frankly I was drunk!!!! So stupid my dumbass attempted to drive home…I fell asleep behind the wheel on the freeway and hit somebody, we pulled over to the side and it just so happened it was an illegal immigrant! He said to me JUST GO! Thank god cuz I would have been F—ed! Anyways I was in such shock I ended up passing my exit and ended up in Watts! I stopped my car cuz I saw a phone booth (we didnt have cell phones back then) and when I opened my door a black man with a hawaiian shirt jumped on me and took my purse that was on the passenger floor and my car keys!!!! I ran to the pay phone and called 911,bitch put me on hold so I hung up and called cheryl…bill came to get me! I love her for so many reasons 🙂

  2. I am stunned and sad. I was praying Cheryl will pull through. She was tough. We all are human. We have no choice over these things more powerful than our will. Cheryl ran a tight ship as an apartment manager but after years of hopefully earning her trust and a little respect, she had time to listen, Even though Cheryl was in pain, I never heard her complain. Seeing the pictures of the coffee shop Chips, I know final why Cheryl looked so familiar. My sincere condolences for Cheryl’s family. I feel the loss of a very good lady who has a very good spot in Heaven because she earned it.

  3. I had the pleasure of having Cheryl in my home last year when she came to London UK. Having known her a few years now I know she was a very strong loving woman who loved her family first.
    She will be sadly missed and remembered by all who knew her. Love to all her family and friends … Kate xxxxx

  4. Just saw the video, it was beautiful. I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing Cheryl all of the time. But when we had family gatherings she would be the one that stood out. She always made me laugh in some way. She was a remarkable woman. She will be in our hearts and memories forever.

  5. The video was absolutely beautiful! Cheryl will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and ALL that had the pleasure to know her. Cheryl was loving, caring, funny, and nobody had a bigger heart. She loved her family so much, especially her grandchildren, and was always so proud of them. I couldn’t have had a better mother-in-law, I will miss her….

  6. My sister,my friend, and always the first one I called with good news or bad or just to talk.I miss her voice and the smile you could hear when she talked about her children and grandchildren who she loved dearly. She was always there for anyone who needed her for the largest to the smallest of things..She may not have been rich but she had a heart of gold.You will be missed but never forgotten. Love you forever.May you now rest in peace.

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