Cheri Schmerse (1952-2022) was the matriarch of her family


Cheri Lynn Scherse, 69, of Roscoe, IL, passed away on July 9, 2022. Cheri was born in Rockford IL, on July 30, 1952 to Clarabelle Ann Luhman. Cheri married Herman Robert Schmerse on November 7, 1987. Cheri’s love of family had no measure - she was the matriarch of the family. Cheri was wholeheartedly invested in the health and betterment of her sisters and brother, nieces and nephews. 

Cheri liked to cook, bake, sew and play her games on her computer. Cheri’s favorite times were when the family got together and she could see all the kids playing and spending time with her sisters and brother playing games. Cheri especially loved Christmas time because of the snow and her favorite movies, It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street, but only the original black and white versions. Cheri also loved the Hallmark Channel and her crime stories.

Cheri is survived by Herman, her husband of 49 years ; her son Christopher (Carie); granddaughter Adrianna; brother George; sister Lisa; nephews and nieces Paul (Stephanie), Burt (Jesus), Bart, Misty (Andrew), Daniel (Miranda); and great nieces and nephews Clara (Brandon), Benjamin, Ian, Levi, Lilly, Tiberius. She was pre-deceased by grandmother Leola Heller, mother Clarabelle Luhman, and sister Darla Luhman Klick.

Memorial will be held on July 13, 2022 at the family home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please call 815-262-9981 if you need the address. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation toward St. Jude: Cheri’s charity of choice.

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