In Memory of

Cheryl Schmidt

February 13, 1937 - July 28, 2013
Cheryl Jean (Schultz) (Drefke) Schmidt, the daughter of Ray and Alice (Frazier) Schultz, was born on February 13, 1937 and raised on a farm near Peterson, IA. She graduated from Peterson High School. She married Larry Drefke, and was blessed with five children, Mark, Marilyn, Mike, Merry and Mitchell. The couple later divorced. On August 20, 1988, she married Melburn Schmidt. They made their home in Cherokee. Through the years, Cheryl worked at A&W Root Beer, Central Trust & Savings Bank, Dr. Kennedy, and Hy-Vee Bakery. She also helped Mel in his interior decorating business. She enjoyed sewing and cross-stitch, watching sporting events, cooking and spending time with her family. Following a brief illness, Cheryl passed away at the Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee, IA on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at age 76. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Richard Schultz and Robert Schultz, a sister, Beverly Shurman, and a son-in-law, Randy Peterson. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Mel; her children and their families: Mark (Susan) Drefke of Sutherland, IA, Marilyn (Mike) Zembsch of Phoenix, AZ, Mike (Sandy) Drefke, Merry Peterson, and Mitchell (Kasonda) Drefke, all of Cherokee; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services for Cheryl will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 230 N. Roosevelt Ave. in Cherokee.
Pastor Jon Riggert
Visitation will be at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 31st. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
"How Great Thou Art" "Amazing Grace"
Burial will be at a later date.


Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I was sorry to see that Cheryl had passed away. She and I worked at HyVee at the same time, I in the deli and she in the bakery and met often in the dish room for a laugh or two. What a wonderful friend she was and she had a pretty smile. I send my sympathies and prayers to all the family. Mel and Cheryl would stop in my cafe in Aurelia after I opened that up and have lunch and we could visit. Thank you, Cheryl, for being a friend to me. R. I. P. Cheryl”
- Loreen(Korleski)Moneypenny
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear about Cheryl. My sincere sympathies to the family. She was a wonderful women! Prayers for all of you! ”
- Catherine (Halder) Roe
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Condolences to all to of Cheryls family from the Burkhardts, Harry,Rita,Michael and Ashley”
- Harry and Rita Burkhardt
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry i have lost a very dear and good friend. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry.”
- mavis r yunge
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing, what a wonderful brave woman she was and so caring to Melburn. Always enjoyed visiting with her over the years and how she shared the love of her family with me everytime and many times we chatted at baseball games. A dear lady I will miss. My deepest sympathies. ”
- Peggy A. Hinkhouse
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of all you kids!!!”
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
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