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Cheryl L. Stienmetz

d. December 18, 2020

Cheryl “Cheri” Lynn Stienmetz, 68 of Petersburg, Illinois, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, due to complications from her Parkinsons’ disease. She was born December 3, 1952, in Rockford, Illinois, daughter to Harold and Catherine (Smith) McGill. 

Mourning her passing is her daughter, Tricia Ewald-Turek (Ty) of Petersburg; sister, Wanda (Gary) Haub of West Brooklyn; nieces, Jennifer Haub of Chicago, Andrea (Corey) McLaughlin, of Rochelle; nephew, Michael (Sarah) McGill, of Rochelle; and granddaughters, Olivia and Sophie Turek of Petersburg. Cheri is now reunited with her parents; her brother, David McGill; and her son, Jeffery Ewald, who all preceded her in death. 

Cheri loved being a mother, but lived to be a grandmother. She enjoyed watching her 2 granddaughters grow up, and cherished the countless memories she made with them. She loved spending time in the kitchen and was happiest when she could spoil a loved one with a home-cooked meal. She took pride in her flower and vegetable gardens and kept herself busy canning vegetables every summer. She was usually found relaxing by a backyard campfire and loved sharing her home with her beloved pets.

There was never a dull moment when Cheri was around. She made everyone feel loved and important, and had a laugh that was contagious. She was able to make fun of herself and loved a great joke. She took great joy in being ornery and cantankerous. Even up to her death, despite the fact that she could no longer speak, she could still entertain people with her vivid facial expressions and body language. Even though her body gave out, her spirit never did. 

Due to current COVID-19 circumstances, cremation rites will be accorded and burial will be held at Ashton Cemetery in Ashton, Illinois at a later date. Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at 


  1. Tricia we are so sorry for your loss. Ron and Mardelle

  2. So sorry for the loss of your mother. Remember all the good times forever..

  3. Tricia, so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a Great Lady and will be missed by everyone who called her Family or Friend. Hugs & Prayers at this difficult time.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss, Tricia. There is no one in your life that shapes who you are like like your own loving mom. Prayers to you all for comfort and peace.
    Greg, Stacey
    Noah, Ben & Hannah

  5. Many fond childhood memories with your sweet Mom will be treasured forever. I can’t ever remember her not being happy, laughing and always wonderful to be around. May you all find comfort in those blessed times together, knowing she is at rest with our Heavenly Father.

  6. We send our condolences to Trish and Wanda, so sorry for your loss of Mother, Our prayers are with you!

  7. Trish- I’m so very sorry about your mom. Please know that I am thinking about and praying for you and your family.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet lady. So many fond memories were made with your mom,Jeff and you. All my love.

    Melynda (Lynn) Hornsby Minor

  9. Very sorry for your loss Tricia. Keeping You and Your Family in my Thoughts and Prayers.

  10. Wanda, & Tricia: So sorry to learn of Cheri’s passing! She & I had so much fun growing up together! I know she was devoted to you, Tricia, and your daughters! Cherish the memories and may she Rest In Peace. Love to you! Linda

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