In Memory of

Cheryl Kathleen Salter

June 16, 1949 - November 1, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

Cheryl Kathleen Sears Steele Small Salter, the daughter of Sam and Jean (Houser) Sears, was born June 16, 1949, in Cherokee, Iowa. Cheryl graduated from Washington High School in 1967 and attended Bible College in Minneapolis, MN for one year.


She married Timothy P. Steele of Sutherland in 1968 and they moved to east Tennessee where they lived for four years. They later divorced. Cheryl returned to Iowa and obtained employment at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. She met Ronald D. Small while living in Peterson and they were married April 24, 1976 at the First Church of Christ. After the birth of their first daughter, Veronica on November 19, 1979, they family moved to Cherokee. They were blessed with a second daughter Audrey Lynne on June 12, 1983. Cheryl worked at CMHI for 37 years, retiring in 2010.

 She attended Iowa Lakes Community College where she obtained an Associate Arts Degree. The family attended the First Church of Christ where Cheri served as Sunday School Superintendent, taught several Sunday School classed and was a worship leader She was a member of the Homemaker’s Circle and was on the prayer team and mission committee.

 The family traveled to the Black Hills, Wyoming, 29 Palms, CA, Paris Island, New York City, and Kingston Canada. Ron was diagnosed with Melanoma in 2000. He won his battle with cancer May 1, 2002 and went to his eternal home. Eventually Cheryl and Danny went on their first date July 18, 2006. On December 29, 2006, Cheryl married Danny Salter from Hartley, IA. The next year Cheryl and Danny participated in the weddings of two of their children, Micah and Amy (Hoffert) Salter and Audrey (Small) and Jesse Page. Also the wedding of two grandsons in Reedsport, Oregon, Keith and Amy Frost and Kent and Joelle Frost.

 Cheryl was an avid reader with a large collection of books (the goal was 1,000) with several first editions. She also enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and puzzles of all kinds. Cheryl and Danny enjoyed traveling. They had been from coast to coast. They toured Great Britain, Ireland, and Scotland. In Ireland Cheryl sang an Irish balad with a group in a pub. There have been numerous trips to Oregon, and Idaho to visit children. Cheryl mostly enjoyed having a house full of people to cook for. The usual cry was “there’s another pan of lasagna over here.”

 Cheryl was proceeded in death by her husband, Ron Small in 2002; aunt Joyce House in 2001; her mother in 2004; her father , Sam Sears and his wife Gladys; in-laws, Bud and Ruth Small; sisters-in-law, and Shirley Salter, Jackie Berg, and Duane and Marge Salter.

 She will lovingly be remembered by her husband, Danny Salter; four children, Anna (Salter) Dean Fost, Micah (Amy) Salter, Veronica (Small) Eric Plowman, and Audrey (Small) Jesse Page; nine grandchildren, Keith and Kent Frost, Ben (Salter) Chrisman, Gage and Reid Salter, Melanie and Steven Plowman, Piper and Liam Page; three great-grandchildren, Riley, Eirick, and Harbor Frost; Cheryl’s half sisters, Sandy (Charles) Loscheider and Nancy Bohlman; The families of Gary Small of Spencer, Dale Small and many relatives on both sides; and dear friends, Elaine French and Claudia Flores.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 4, 2021, at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee.
Pastor David Hall
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Oakland Cemetery
Peterson, Iowa


Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 4:17 PM
“Cheri is one of the first people I ever remember in my life. We were friends from church and then high school after our family moved to Cherokee. We sang in a lot of groups together, did youth group activities together, just spent lots of time together. I used to tease her that I should have gotten her monogrammed towels for her first wedding present since she could have used them straight through!! I always cherished our friendship, even when we lived far from each other. What a joy to think of her in that great cloud of witnesses, praising God forever, and reigning with her Lord and Savior. Dan and family, my prayers for you are to feel the comfort and abiding Presence of the Holy Spirit, Who God promises will never ever leave you or forsake you. ”
- Jan (Dorr) Neff
Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 4:17 PM
“Sympathy to Roni and Audrey and the family. Your mom was a gem. We shared many laughs at you two and my boys antics while we worked. Priceless memories. You were all so blessed with her. RIP ❤️”
- Jennifer Lockwood
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:56 PM
“Danny so sorry to hear about Cheryl. My thoughts and sympathy to you and your family. ”
- Linda santee
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:56 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful Aunt & we all loved her💞 she was a true Shepard for the Lord & she is in her glorious home with him. May you find comfort in sharing the stories of all the wonderful memories & console each other with much love as you each process your grief.
As always, in Christ love 💗
Chris & Chuck Mauszycki & family
Terry & Jan Salter & family
Mitch Salter & family
Steve & Laurie Salter”
- Chris Mauszycki
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:56 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Cheryl! We have know her for many years and she was such a lovely lady! We have always enjoyed our visits with her and will miss her. She was so helpful to us as missionaries supported by Cherokee Church of Christ! Danny, we pray for you in this difficult time!”
- Michael and Caryl Stanley
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:56 PM
“Danny and family, so sorry for your loss. Cheryl was so fun to be with. Many years ago we did ceramics together. Prayers for you and your family.”
- Deb Petty
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“Cheri was my (Dan) teacher at church camp the week I accepted Jesus in 1996. She was instrumental in my decision. I ended up being the youth minister in Cherokee in 2001 and reconnected with her. She was very important to my wife and I and we are saddened she is no longer here, but we are overjoyed that she is in the eternal arms of Jesus. Praying for the family. ”
- Dan and Nina Daugherty
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“Danny and all of the family... So sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing, Always enjoyed interacting with her. Kathy and I both send our condolences and prayers for you and all of her family. ”
- Don Gordon
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“Sorry for the lose of Cheryl, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Will miss all the talks we have had in the past.”
- Karen Reusch
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“May God bless our precious memories of Cheryl! Best friend through most of my childhood. Such a beautiful spirit and giving heart!
- Janice Meyer
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I didn't have the opportunity to spend alot of time with Aunt Chery, I so enjoyed your visit and feel very blessed to have had that. She was a sweet beautiful person. ”
- Barbara (Salter) Curtis
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“So sorry to hear about Cheryl's passing. She lived in my grandparent neighborhood. I remember her from church. I also worked with her mom. She always had a smile and looked so much like her mom. My sympathy goes out to her family.”
- Pam Sturgeon
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:55 PM
“So sorry for Cheryl passing she was one of a kind. She alway had a smile and always had something nice to say. She loved the Lord with all her heart and soul. Her and Danny were great and loving couple I every met. She is with her Lord and has that great smile. Rest my friend. Love you always.”
- Linda vannatta
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:55 PM
“Rest easy my friend....may u have endless seafood and hamburgers and joy in rekindling relationships with those u have missed.”
- Elaine French
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:55 PM
“So very sorry to see Cheryl passed. Such a lovely soul gone way too soon.”
- Janet Sleezer
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:55 PM
“Cheryl was such a kind soul, soft-spoken, always had a positive attitude, & I loved her smile. May you find comfort knowing she touched many people. ”
- Mary Puhrmann
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 9:39 AM
“So sorry to hear of Sherry’s passing. She was such a dear person.”
- Lynette Smith
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 9:39 AM
“I’m heartbroken to hear of Cheri’s passing. I will forever remember her being there for me during the worst moment of my life, she was a very kind, sweet lady, loved her smile and her laughter. thoughts and prayers for her Family. ”
- Pattysue
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 9:39 AM
“Thank you Danny for letting us know about cheryl. You and the children and grandchildren were a blessing to her. She was a blessed person who had a wonderful belief in God and her eternal life. Blessed be her memory. ”
- Fraser Larry
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